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Backpackers, international students suffer widespread wage theft, report finds

A national survey of temporary workers in Australia has uncovered widespread exploitation of backpackers and international students working in a range of industries.

Workplace exploitation of  backpackers and international students in Australia is endemic and severe, a landmark study by UNSW Sydney and UTS has found.

One in three international students and backpackers are paid about half the legal minimum wage, according to a major new report, Wage Theft in Australia, the most comprehensive study of temporary migrants’ work and conditions in Australia.

Suspect Target Management Plan - Mornings with Wendy Harmer

Dr Vicki Sentas appeared on Mornings with Wendy Harmer (17 November 2017) to discuss her recent report into the STMP (Suspect Target Management Plan).

Dr Sentas was asked what brought STMP to her attention, responding, "Community legal centres like Redfern Legal Centre, who I work with, I run a ‘Police Powers Clinic’ where members of the community who have complaints around the police, can go to Redfern Legal Centre and get some advice."

Certification needed to combat multiple class actions

OPINION: Associate Professor Michael Legg, Lawyers Weekly, 4 October 2017.

Allowing more than one class action to be brought means that efficiencies are lost and costs are duplicated. Less compensation is returned to group members.

However, the courts have been reluctant to choose between competing class actions because they are wrongly viewed as being like normal litigation.

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Upcoming Events

UNSW Law Journal 40(4) Launch – Cyberspace and the Law

Event date: 
22 November 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: 
King & Wood Mallesons, Governor Phillip Tower, Level 61, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

The University of New South Wales Law Journal will launch Issue 40(4) at the Sydney offices of premier sponsor King & Wood Mallesons on Wednesday 22 November, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Kaldor Centre Conference 2017: 'The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration'

Event date: 
24 November 2017
9:00am to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Law Theatre G04, Ground Floor, UNSW Law

In 2018, world leaders will adopt two landmark documents – a Global Compact on Refugees, and a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration.

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