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Fair Work Australia audit farmer for backpacker abuse

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A man owned a small farm in Australia.

The Fair Work Australia Office claimed he was not paying proper wages to

his staff and sent a representative out to interview him.

“I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,” demanded

the rep.


“Well,” replied the farmer, “There's my farm hand who's been with me for

3 years. I pay him $500 a week plus free room and board. He also gets

triple time for working on a Sunday and a slab of beer for a Happy Hour

every Friday.”


“The cook has been here for 18 months, and I pay her $400 per week plus

free room and board. She doesn't work on Sundays and I provide paid

satellite television for free in her room.”


“Then there's the half-wit.

He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work

around here. He makes about $20 per week, pays his own room and board,

and I buy him a bottle of whiskey every Saturday night. He also sleeps

with my wife occasionally.”


“That's the guy I want to talk to... the half-wit,” says the agent.


“That would be me,” replied the farmer.



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An oldie but not a bad one. Not taking away of course the valid concerns of abuse that does indeed in remote locations.

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