House debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations: Food Delivery Industry

2:13 pm

Photo of Christian PorterChristian Porter (Pearce, Liberal Party, Attorney-General) Share this | Hansard source

Of course, the United Kingdom decision is something that we have read closely. One thing the Leader of the Opposition is likely to be aware of is that the term 'worker' is a UK specific legal classification, so the bearing of that decision to workplace law in Australia is of minimal effect and does not compare well. The broader situation that the Leader of the Opposition is talking about is with respect to contract workers. Independent contractors have been consistently about eight to nine per cent of the Australian economy over the last 10 years and independent contractors are an enormously large range of workers, from creatives to those in the gig economy and transport, particularly in the trucking industry.


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