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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 59 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Alison Xamon

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 February 2019

WAGE THEFT INQUIRY

59. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the Minister for Industrial Relations:

I refer to the government's inquiry into wage theft that is commencing in February 2019.

(1) Does the inquiry include provisions for seeking public submissions?

(2) If yes to (1), through what methods?

(3) If no to (1), will the government consider seeking public submissions?

(4) Is the minister considering introducing legislation as a way of combating wage theft?

(5) If yes to (4), when is it anticipated any legislation would be introduced?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Industrial Relations has provided the following answer.

(1) Yes. The inquiry into wage theft in Western Australia includes provisions for seeking public submissions.

(2) Public submissions will be able to be provided to the inquiry via email to wagetheftinquiry@dmirs.wa.gov.au or by post. In addition, an online survey form on the inquiry website will allow workers to provide details of their experiences of wage theft.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Once the inquiry has been completed, the government will consider the findings and any recommendations made by the inquiry.

(5) Not applicable.