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Speech: Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

Speeches in Parliament
Lee Rhiannon 8 Sep 2017

Monday 4 September

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:08): by leave—I move the Greens amendments (1) to (3) on sheet 8145 together.

One thing that's really come out in this debate is that the government are making out that they're looking after vulnerable workers, but that argument has fallen over time and time again. If they were really sincere, this is where they would support these amendments, because these amendments are a simple package dealing with how we can recover the unpaid amounts for franchise employees. That's the essence, surely, of what this legislation is about. We're talking about vulnerable workers and we're talking about them being ripped off. Surely we should be doing something about it. This doesn't just put some airy-fairy measures in place; it gets to the heart of the issue—getting the money back to them. Considering the lateness of the hour and my voice, I will leave it at that, but I move these amendments and urge all senators to support them.

Question negatived.

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