Your Right to Be Your Own Boss is under attack.
We are endorsing a campaign started by others to defend that right. Check out the Defend Your Rights website here.
We encourage you to sign the petition. (Scroll down on the right-hand side of the website.)
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An update on our campaigning (see our website page)
It appears that the legislation intended to deny you your right to Be Your Own Boss is likely to be presented to Parliament in the next two-week sitting (starting on 4 September).
We’ll be in Parliament House on 4 September, ‘walking the halls’ and knocking on Senators’ doors with updated information on our objections to these planned ‘rights’ denial laws.
A key part of our campaign is to seek to extend and strengthen self-employed, independent contractors’ existing rights and protections under commercial and competition law. A key part of this is the application of Unfair Contract law protections. These laws are receiving a major upgrade in November this year, with serious sanctions for breaches.
Here’s our briefing paper on the ‘beefed up’ unfair contract law protections.
What we think is (frankly) scandalous is that this law does not apply to government departments. That is, government departments can quite lawfully impose unfair contracts on small business people whereas the private sector cannot do this. Talk about a recipe to repeat Robodebt anytime a government department goes rogue!!!
But we have a simple fix involving a straightforward amendment to the Competition laws that would read as follows:
Application of Act to Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities
(1) Subject to this section and sections 44AC, 44E and 95D, this Act binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth in relation to the unfair contract provisions of the Act in so far as the Crown in right of the Commonwealth engages in trade or commerce, either directly or by an authority of the Commonwealth with a small business.
Our briefing note explains the background.
This one-paragraph amendment to the Competition law would require government departments to comply with the Unfair Contract laws.
We’re starting our campaign promoting this legislative amendment to the independent Senators first.
There’s a simple principle here: Where government imposes obligations and responsibilities on the private sector, the same obligations and responsibilities should apply to the public sector.