Monday, November 01, 2010

Crikey sub-contractors discover real world sub-contracting

An almost exposé today at Crikey with two freelance journalists discovering that sub-contracting, under essentially the same terms which they're paid to write for Crikey, is widespread in the commercial provision of services, including the management of asylum seeker detention facilities. Whereas it's hinted that contracting and sub-contracting is somehow inappropriate in the provision of government services, the two journalists completely overlook the dubious nature of their employment by Crikey, which is apparently unwilling to put them on the payroll.

Update: One of the freelance journalists above makes a 15 second contribution to al Jazeera's Listening Post – pick it up at the 8:00 mark.


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

Loewenstein: "“A company payslip obtained by the NT News reveals MSS security pays its foreign staff $16 an hour plus penalties."

Plus penalties? Oh noes! Loewenstein reveals the shocking scoop: Security Company pays the Federal Award. (PDF).

Took me two seconds to find it in Google. Imagine if, like Loewenstein, I had access to the vast investigative resources of Crikey!

He continues:

"Mainstream media coverage, if it happens, rarely questions the ideological underpinnings of privatising asylum seekers,"

Asylum seekers are now privatised?

3:29 AM  

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