Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (11:03): I am delighted to be talking about a serious matter—a matter that has not been discussed enough in this parliament and certainly not in this term—and that is the plight of vulnerable workers in Australian workplaces, in the Australian economy. The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 has a long history. In 2005 the ABC Four Corners crew ran an investigation into the exploitation of workers; 7-Eleven, an iconic business, became famous for all the wrong reasons. We heard allegations on that program of dodgy books, blackmail and the systematic underpayment of workers. The workers affected were vulnerable workers, often young students and foreign workers—people on working visas. We discovered that it was not an oversight but a business model. It was not an oversight by the company; it was a business model. And the only reason that 7-Eleven could continue to operate in that way was that their business model that systematically exploited workers ensured that those workers were underpaid thousands and thousands of dollars. It is bad enough that this occurred in an iconic Australian business, but that this problem is so rampant in the Australian economy deserves much more attention in this parliament. Continue reading

My Budget Response in Parliament

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (13:58): When you drop $50 billion in tax cuts to the big end of town in your budget, you do not have a lot of dough left over to do the things that matter to ordinary Australians. Continue reading

Fighting for Dave McLachlan in Parliament

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (13:47): This evening there is going to be a lot of talk about creating jobs, but today I am asking for the support of this parliament to save a bloke's job. The guy's name is Dave McLachlan. He is a coal miner, 48 years of age, who supports his family and who has worked for 32 years in the industry. By my calculation, that means he went down the pit at the age of 16. He has an unblemished record on the job. He is the sort of bloke that politicians love to get their photo taken alongside during an election campaign in their safety kit and their hard hats. Well, now Dave needs your support. Continue reading

CANBERRA DOORSTOP - DECENTRALISATION

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP CANBERRA – PARLIAMENT HOUSE MONDAY, 01 MAY 2017   SUBJECTS:  Decentralisation and the budget Continue reading

NINE NEWS CENTRAL COAST

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP WOY WOY THURSDAY, 04 MAY 2017   SUBJECTS:  Regional inequality   Continue reading

ABC VIC - STATEWIDE DRIVE

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC VIC STATEWIDE DRIVE THURSDAY, 04 MAY 2017   SUBJECTS:  ACCC, NBN and retail service providers transparency about network limitations Continue reading

ABC AM: Decentralisation

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERNVIEW ABC AM THURSDAY, 20 APRIL 2017   SUBJECTS:  Decentralisation, public service, Townsville Continue reading

Service Class Zero

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC RADIO – NSW STATEWIDE THURSDAY, 30 MARCH 2017   SUBJECTS:  Service Class Zero Premises Continue reading

ABC NSW Statewide - Service Class Zero Premises

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC RADIO – NSW STATEWIDE THURSDAY, 30 MARCH 2017   SUBJECTS:  Service Class Zero Premises Continue reading

Regional Ministerial Task Force

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC NSW – STATEWIDE DRIVE MONDAY, 20 MARCH 2017   SUBJECTS:  Regional Ministerial Taskforce, Regional Communications  Continue reading