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Introduction for readers
Kennards Hire is an alternative to buying, selling, informal lending and hiring workers with tools to work the tools you’d rather work yourself.
Kennards Self Storage is an alternative to clutter, divestment and overcommitment.
— Similarly, Neville Kennard’s politics is an alternative to the timid debate-frame of Australia’s commentariat, including think-tank tinkerers’ “calculated” “respectability” “windows”. Yesterday, while browsing AFR microfilm to study other neglected free-marketeers, this reminder of Nev’s style came into view:

Neville Kennard, “Penalty rates debate,” The Australian Financial Review, March 13, 1979, p. 3, as a letter to the editor.

SIR, With the debate going on over Australia’s strange custom of paying penalty rates of pay for some hours and days of the week, the way it would affect the majority of workers should be pointed out.

Most factories, offices and government departments close at weekends. This is much the same all over the world, and is not likely to change much, so most people are not going to be affected, or be asked to work longer for less.

The people who will be affected are those who work different shifts which may include weekends, and their rates of pay for those hours would decline. There are not many of them, relatively speaking, but they understandably won’t want to give up their privileged position.

But surely it is the majority of workers who are forced to pay through the nose for or are denied services at weekends and odd hours who should be calling for the abolition of penalty rates. It is most of us who go to cinemas, travel, eat out, shop, play or watch sport who are being penalised by penalty rates and denied the services we would like to use at the prices we would like to pay.

And, of course, thousands of new jobs would be created for the unemployed.

So the debate should not really be the bosses against the workers, it should be the workers and the unemployed against the unions who protect a privileged minority and the governments who make the rules that let them do so.

Australia is slowly coming out of the dark ages as far as trading hours are concerned. We are all consumers as well as workers, and should be demanding the abolition of penalty rates for a richer and more interesting Australia.

Kennards Hire,
St Leonards.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
  68. Neville Kennard in 1979 proposes new alliances to end penalty rates
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