Group takes aim

A multi-agency task­force has been set up to tar­get labour hire con­trac­tors ex­ploit­ing for­eign work­ers.

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By CAROLYN ARCHER

UN­SCRUPU­LOUS labour hire con­trac­tors ex­ploit­ing for­eign work­ers will be the tar­get of a multi-agency task­force an­nounced by the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

The task­force will bring to­gether the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, Fair Work and Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice in a joint team tar­get­ing those lining their own pock­ets at the ex­pense of for­eign work­ers.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt said he wel­comed the news.

“It’s very pos­i­tive. In­di­ca­tions are to­day that a task force will be es­tab­lished with the de­tailed an­nounce­ment later in the week or early

Keith Pitt They don’t want more leg­is­la­tion ... We sim­ply need to en­force the laws that are there.

next week,” he said.

“I’ve been work­ing very closely with my col­leagues in the min­istry, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter Cash, Min­is­ter Keenan and Min­is­ter Abetz and, of course, Queens­land Se­na­tor Barry O’Sul­li­van.

“The gen­eral con­sen­sus from in­dus­try is they don’t want more leg­is­la­tion, they don’t think there’s any more need for more red tape or green tape. We sim­ply need to en­force the laws that are there.

“The mes­sage is pretty straight­for­ward. If you are one of the un­scrupu­lous labour hire con­trac­tors – if you are out there ex­ploit­ing 417 or 416 work­ers or peo­ple who don’t have legal work rights in this coun­try, this task­force is tar­get­ing you.”

Mr Pitt said while he would leave the de­tails of the an­nounce­ment up to As­sis­tant Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Michaelia Cash, he was pleased the is­sue had been ac­knowl­edged and would now be ad­dressed.

“I un­der­stand Im­mi­gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion has sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced its in­ves­tiga­tive abil­i­ties in re­cent months in prepa­ra­tion for the estab­lish­ment of the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force (ABF),” he said.

“The Fair Work Om­buds­man and other reg­u­la­tory agen­cies will join into the task­force.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN180515MFH3

ON NO­TICE: Mem­ber for Hin­kler Keith Pitt is pleased the gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a multi-agency task force aimed at tack­ling worker ex­ploita­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

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