Senate debates

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Bills

Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017; In Committee

6:17 pm

Photo of Doug CameronDoug Cameron (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Human Services) Share this | Hansard source

The Fair Work Ombudsman makes that decision. Here are two examples: 7-Eleven and Baiada. That's another issue that we'll come to in relation to this bill, because this has been concentrating on the franchise approach, but Baiada wasn't franchised. 7-Eleven was franchised, but Baiada, Caltex and a number of the other high-profile cases of stealing of workers' money weren't simply in relation to franchising.

We say that the Fair Work Ombudsman powers that are there now are not diminished by this at all. The Fair Work Ombudsman will have the powers it has now, and it will have additional powers arising from this bill with the appropriate amendments.

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