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Australia’s Victoria state passed new law to protect seasonal workers

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The Australian state of Victoria has established a new law to crack down on the neglect and exploitation of seasonal workers, most of whom are Pacific Islanders working under Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program.

The law establishes the “Labour Hire Licensing Authority”, a body to monitor and punish hiring operators who neglect labourers, Matangi Tonga reports.

Earlier we have reported that the Opposition in Australia has called for an investigation into the Federal Government-run Seasonal Worker Program following revelations 12 workers died in its first five years.

Opposition spokesman for employment and workplace relations Brendan O’Connor said the number of deaths of Pacific Islanders who were all in Australia on the work programme was “alarming and required an urgent investigation and explanation.”

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