When it comes to industrial relations reform, there is no interest like self interest

All governments have seasons. In just under six months, the seasons of the Albanese government have been victory, transition, honeymoon, events.

The latest Guardian Essential poll tells us voter reception of the prime minister remains broadly where Labor would want it to be – 73% of respondents are either positive (45%) or neutral (28%). So, for now, the tolerance and goodwill persists. But there’s been a noticeable transition in atmosphere over the past fortnight. The shift suggests the government is bearing down on its next season: the summer of rent seekers.

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