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A$25-an-hour waiters threaten growth in Australia, but reform carries political risks

The issue of restrictions to business is coming to the fore in an Australian economy experiencing its weakest run of growth since 1991 and with unemployment matching an almost 13-year high.


AWARD-WINNING chef Ben Willis would have no trouble filling his Canberra restaurant on Sundays. It's been voted the best in the Australian capital three years running.

But faced with a A$25.94 (S$26.94)-an-hour wage bill even for trainee waiters under Australia's complex