- 'Thrill killer' Hemming jailed
- Homegrown terror risks by numbers
- Man arrested after police chase
- Three dead in fatal 'neighbourhood dispute'
- Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues
- Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince Engineering to sack 100 workers
- 'Violence, unsafe sex and drugs'
- Why Rosie Batty erupted
- RSS Syndicate this blog (XML)
What we're talking about
- Colin Lacivita on Man arrested after police chase The Police should have gotten a couple of truckies to setup a road block and then abandon their trucks. This would really ... more
- PatQuickCrazy on Man arrested after police chase We could do what the Greens like to do for anything and everything like this...how about we just ban cars? more
- Aria Judilla on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues @GIW - Rather than just bag Mylene personally maybe you could actually point out which part of her post you think was ... more
- david lucas on Man arrested after police chase Dont the police have road spikes? This has gone too long putting many people in small town and on the road at risk more
- MskK on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues You surely have to ask what all these attacks have as a common denominator.... That would be Islam! more
- PJ on Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince ... Its time we faced facts. Australians subsidise Renewable Energy to the tune of $21 Billion now just so its electricity can ... more
- GIW on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues mylene, your comments are just so unbelievable. Get your Labor/Socialist brain into a right mind and say something sensible, ... more
- David on Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince ... Why do they blame the government? Seems to me that they're just using it as an excuse to reduce staff to make more money more
- PJ on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues Morning Neil, I listen with shock at the interview with that Professor.1. tax payer funded job programmes 2. more free ... more
- Peggy on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues I say, let the Jihadists go and hopefully they won't come back for whatever reson but change laws so that they can't come ... more
- Peggy on Why Rosie Batty erupted Someone failed this little boy that's for sure and this is what this is all about.Everyone must answer all questions ... more
- Linda on Why Rosie Batty erupted @ Heather, the police are not stupid. My husband has dealt with hundreds of court orders over his career. The problem is ... more
- GIW on Why Rosie Batty erupted I agree with you @Damo and like you was not game enough to say anything. I was asking that same question from the beginning. more
- mylene on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues More people are going to get killed in Australia in domestic incidents and disputes with neighbours than terrorism. You ... more
- Ben on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues This is one reason why security should be tight at government premises and that includes a ban on wearing the burka in ... more
- Pradman on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues Meanwhile all burqa wearers are welcome in Canberra. more
- Heather on Why Rosie Batty erupted I feel for Rosie Batty ' s loss of her son Luke. It seems the Andersons actions are attributed to MI when it should be ... more
- Factsseeker on Why Rosie Batty erupted What is the matter with our conservative media. There was a child killed here ! The coronial inquiry is being held to try ... more
- Damo on Why Rosie Batty erupted I know i will cop it for saying this but my understanding of this is: Rosie got a intervention order against her husband. ... more
- IBARKER on Why Rosie Batty erupted This one reason why she should not enter Politics. more
Are criminal records relevant to potential employers?
TOM ELLIOTT: Over the past few weeks we’ve spoken a fair bit about the new anti-discrimination bill being put together by former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.
It may surprise you to learn that even though Ms Roxon has now resigned, the bill itself will live on under the stewardship of new A-G, Mark Dreyfus.
Today I learnt that the body charged with drafting the bill, the Senate Legal & Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, wants to make it illegal for employers to consider people’s criminal records when deciding whether or not to hire them.
According to Chairman Trish Crossin – yes, the same person recently dumped by the PM in favour of Nova Perris – “discrimination in employment on the basis of a criminal record that is clearly irrelevant should not be tolerated”
Frankly, I find this astonishing. How is a Senate Committee supposed to decide whether or not a criminal record is relevant to a particular job offer?
If I were looking to hire someone in any role, I’d want to know that they were honest and could be trusted. And evidence of a criminal record is a pretty handy way of working this out in advance.
Consider also that for most jobs on offer these days, there are often multiple applications.
Surely if out of ten candidates for one job, 5 have a criminal record and 5 don’t, one way of reducing the list size is to cull those who’ve done time inside?!
Employers need the freedom to hire those best suited to the job.
To do this they try and learn as much as possible in advance about various applicants.
A criminal record is a completely legitimate piece of information for any employer to know about before taking someone on.
Take a new way home with Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive at 3-6pm weekdays. In an all-new, three-hour Drive Program, Tom Elliott will tackle all the issues affecting Melbourne, bringing you the latest news, information, opinion and talk back.
I have a criminal record (one offence where I hit a sexual predator resulting in 3 stitches to his face), I have not been able to obtain any employment since this. I have given up finding any work, I was fully employed before this, never unemployed. I have paid over and over again for this and society never forgives.michelle Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - 4:36 PM
Yes an employee should have all the information available if they are doing their job well. They should also behave reasonable and removing 5 people based on having a criminal record isn't doing their job well. It is taking an easy way out. It may be irrelevant as per Dave's example, and may mean they are missing out on who actually really is the most suitable person for the job in the current time.Melanie Monday 25 February, 2013 - 1:21 PM
Dave, I agree with you.
It might be illegal to discriminate based on the record but how does one prove that he/she was discriminated against when all you get (if you are lucky to get a reply0 is "Sorry but you were not successful). It does not tell you why and you have no way of finding out why. So how can the person applying for a job know that there was any discrimination involved?
If we want people to rehibilitate, then we must allow them the opportunity. If people can't get jobs then they will simply have to go back to crime. What else is there for them? Unemployment benefits for years and years?Peggy Sunday 24 February, 2013 - 3:11 PM
The prospective employee should also have access to information about employers. I'm not going to work for a crook. There are a lot of dodgy businessmen out there with little scams and rorts. the Employees don't find out until the business folds and they arrive at work to find the boss has done a runner and the front doors are all chained up.max Saturday 23 February, 2013 - 1:47 PM
The prospective employee should also have access to information about employers. I'm not going to work for a crook. There are a lot of dodgy businessmen out there with little scams and rorts. the Employees don't find out until the business folds and they arrive at work to find the boss has done a runner and the front doors are all chained up.max Saturday 23 February, 2013 - 1:44 PM
Does that mean his freemason membership Ian.
Is that secret too.
I WOULD DISCRIMINATE QUITE OPENLY AGAINST THEM,AND NOT SOMEONE WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD, BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER TRUST THEM.WHEN THE FREEMASON IS NOT ABLE TO PLAN HIS OWN DESTINY DUE TO ORDERS FROM THE HIERARCHY,THEN THOSE MEMBERS ARE FOOLS. BECAUSE THEY DO INTERFERE UNDRHANDLY WITH JOB EMPLOYMENT,MAIL SORTING/POSTING/RECEIPT OF LETTERS AND INVARIABLY ARE
POLICE BUDDIES.IT WOULD BE WORTH IT, JUST TO DSPLAY THE SAME CONTEMPT, THEY SHOW AGAINST CATHOLICS.all the "nescessary" info Saturday 23 February, 2013 - 11:13 AM