Craig Emerson is the new Minister for Independent Contractors. His portfolio also covers small business, services economy and assisting the Finance Minister with business red tape reduction. Australia led the world with the first Independent Contractors Act which ensures independent contractors are subject to commercial law and not industrial relations law. The ALP has committed to this principle. It has now appointed a Minister to secure this principle. ICA believes this is also a world first.
Given that individual contractors are becoming more the way of the world, an initiative like this must be looked on favourably. One can now only hope that Mr Emerson is the right one for the job! and is capable of setting up this type of work, along with the rest of his portfolio, for now and the future…
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