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

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

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

He has been ranked as Victoria’s top employment lawyer for employees between 2013 – 2016 by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession – a ranking based on peer review within the legal profession.

Recent Writing

Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘bonking ban’ is a misplaced attack on consensual sex

Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed “bonking ban”, preventing ministers from having sex with their staff, is a panicked and irresponsible reaction to the scandal that has engulfed Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. And it is part of a broader and misplaced crackdown on sex in workplaces that must be checked. The insanity of puritanical attacks on consensual…

Calls for company tax cuts are part of a fabricated productivity crisis

Big business will invoke any spurious economic rationale to prevent an overhaul of workplace laws John Kenneth Galbraith once noted that “trickle-down economics” was not a recent invention but had been tried before in the United States in the 1890s. The brilliant economist explained that it was referred to as “horse and sparrow theory” by…

The ground is shifting under BHP

In a remarkable development late last year, the world’s biggest miner made the momentous declaration that it would quit the World Coal Association, citing “material differences” on climate and energy policy. Following its months-long internal review, BHP also put the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on notice, declaring that it would no longer tolerate the…


Requiem for The Right To Strike

I am addressing the Castan Centre for Human Rights 2018 Conference on “Requiem for The Right To Strike”. It will be held at Federation Square on 20 July 2018. Go to Event Page

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