House debates

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Questions without Notice

Workplace Relations

2:47 pm

Photo of Julia GillardJulia Gillard (Lalor, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is again to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. Minister, how many of the approximately 200 temps who are not employed by the Workplace Authority but who are applying the misnamed ‘fairness test’ are temporary residents of Australia with no background in industrial relations let alone in Australian industrial relations? Minister, what would a foreign backpacker know about an Aussie fair go or fair compensation?

Photo of Joe HockeyJoe Hockey (North Sydney, Liberal Party, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) Share this | | Hansard source

About as much as a Scottish trade union leader.