My constituency question is for the Minister for Industrial Relations and is about the Andrews government’s inquiry into labour hire and insecure employment. I am aware that hearings for this inquiry began this week in Mildura and that subsequent hearings are scheduled to take place over the coming months, including in Geelong in December. This inquiry was an election commitment made by the government when in opposition, and I am looking forward to seeing the report’s findings next year as this is a very important issue.
I ask the minister to provide me with information about how constituents in my electorate who may be willing to make a contribution to the inquiry can do so without jeopardising the employment they currently have. On Sunday I was approached on this matter by people just outside Geelong, and indeed the ABC’s 7.30 report on Monday highlighted the crisis we are in when someone who is a whistleblower — a subcontractor for Myer — is sacked for speaking up. It is very important for the minister to speak up on this.