Treat vis­i­tors well

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Jim Alouat Re­porter

THE re­gion’s and the coun­try’s back­pack­ers have cer­tainly been in the spot­light of late.

The re­cent Four Cor­ners episode which claimed back­pack­ers trav­el­ling to our re­gion for ad­ven­tures and once-in-a-life­time trips were be­ing mis­treated has cer­tainly gar­nered plenty of at­ten­tion and de­servedly so.

The mis­treat­ment of back­pack­ers in our re­gion is not a new story with lo­cal me­dia re­port­ing on such is­sues for years but the pro­gram seems to have struck a chord with the public.

This week’s Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment of a multi-agency task­force – com­bin­ing the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment, Fair Work and Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice – is long over­due.

While de­tails of how it will op­er­ate will be re­vealed soon, it can surely only be good news for for­eign work­ers.

It will also ben­e­fit the hon­est, hard-work­ing farm­ers and em­ploy­ers in the re­gion who do the right thing by their em­ploy­ees.

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