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May 10, 2019

Scott Morrison has been caught out today lying about their real agenda for casual workers.
At a press conference today Scott Morrison said:
“You know who voted against it, and stopped it going ahead, I should say? The Labor Party”.
The Bill wasn’t held up by Labor in the Parliament – it wasn’t even brought on for debate by Morrison’s government before the election was called!
This comes just one day after Scott Morrison referred to legislation passing the Parliament that never existed.
The Liberals have spent almost six years attacking the pay and conditions of workers and the rights of their representative organisations.
Is it any wonder they can’t be trusted to properly legislate for the rights of casual workers to convert to permanent jobs?
Scott Morrison must stop hiding his secret IR agenda, and reveal how he plans to keep wages down and continue to attack job security.
Just this week, Kelly O’Dwyer’s Department was forced to release damning evidence from a freedom of information request that revealed her office was consulting with a giant labour hire company on proposed changes to the Fair Work Act shortly before they introduced this Bill into the Parliament.
The effect of which would have allowed employers to designate any worker as casual regardless of the nature of the work they performed. 
Evidence from the Senate committee that examined the Bill revealed widespread opposition from a diverse range of groups.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), the National Retail Association, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) all advocated for amendments, indicating the depth of concern about the Bill.
Prominent workplace relations academic Professor Andrew Stewart said that the requirement that the employee must be a ‘designated casual’ was a significant shift from the established principles of a casual worker under the common law definition.
This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government, that will introduce an objective definition of casual into legislation and make sure workers are protected, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos. 
We need real change – because more of the same isn’t good enough.