Last month the Tasmanian ASU team attended the Labor Party’s state conference in Burnie.

Each year the ASU puts motions to conference on subjects that are important to ASU members.

This year Tasmanian Coordinator, Aaron De La Torre, moved a motion asking that Labor take the first available opportunity to remove discrimination from the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 which currently affects many Australian.

Aaron’s motion read:

Currently Sections 27 and 28 of the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 discriminate, either directly or indirectly, against workers under 18 years of age who are working in part time or casual employment and those workers who, for whatever reason, are receiving less than $450 per month in wages. Neither of these groups of employees are entitled to receive superannuation contributions from their employer.

All employees who perform any work for their employer should receive superannuation payments, regardless of age or how many hours work they are offered or able to provide.

Labor believe in fairness and equality for all. All Australians should benefit from the Superannuation Guarantee for all hours that they contribute to their employer’s business. That’s why this conference calls on Federal Labor to make the necessary legislative changes to enable fairness for all in our superannuation system at the earliest opportunity.

You can read a full transcript of Aaron’s speech here.

Other motions which also received support were on diverse subjects of housing availability and affordability, Tasmania’s health crisis, mental health support funding, discrimination in the workplace and labour-hire contracting.

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