Josh Bornstein is an employment and industrial relations lawyer who heads the National Employment & Industrial Law practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

He is a director of the Australia Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne and the Centre for Future Work. He is also a member of the Victorian Racing Tribunal and Deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

In April 2020, he was appointed a member of the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee of the federal government’s National Covid-19 Coordination Commission.

Josh was the inaugural President of, an advocacy organisation for victims of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community in Australia.

Recent Writing

Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

Contrary to suggestions otherwise, Voltaire would have applauded the decision by Twitter and Facebook to suspend the access of Donald Trump to their platforms. Much like John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher and guru of classical liberalism, Voltaire supported criminal laws against libel, slander, incitement to violence and treason. Mill is credited with developing “the…

A spending-led economic recovery will soon rely on robust wage growth

In his genial and occasionally subversive manner, finance journalist Alan Kohler recently shared a graph on social media that compared two periods of sharemarket gains. The graph showed that in the 30 years to 1988, 92 per cent of gains were derived from economic growth. But in the decades since then, the majority of sharemarket…

As much as everything changes, everything stays the same

Another major election and another round of carnage for professional pollsters. Journalist Mona Chalabi spoke for many of us when she wrote: “I do not know how many times polls have to be wrong or how wrong they have to be for us to finally walk away from the dangerous seduction of predicting political outcomes”.…