The Victorian government was using a sector known for its non-compliance with minimum labour standards for an important public safety job. That decision has come back to bite it.
There is very little evidence that overall labour market insecurity is getting any worse. Trends are stable for rates of casualisation, churn, self-employment and multiple job holders.
Revelations of a "black labour market" operating in Australia has underlined the need for further investigation into the plight of insecure workers, says the chairman of a new Inquiry.
Australia's law could be tightened up to better define the responsibility for labour hire workers.