Stolen wages class action

Aboriginal stockmen were typically paid less or not at all in the formative years of the Northern Australian pastoral industry.

Aboriginal stockmen were typically paid less or not at all in the formative years of the Northern Australian pastoral industry.

Law firm BELAW has begun a class action in Queensland on behalf of hundreds of Indigenous Australians impacted by wage control legislation prior to 1973.

BELAW solicitors and support will visit Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Camooweal to talk to potential claimants next week. “We would like to talk to Indigenous Australians who worked in Queensland prior to 1973 and had their wages controlled, or whose deceased parents worked before 1973, if people know the work details of their parents,” Jerry Tucker, BELAW solicitor said. 

BELAW will be available to meet with potential claimants in Mount Isa February 20, 21 and 22 9am to 4.30pm at the Moondarra Room, Ibis Styles.

They will be in Cloncurry 9am-4pm February 23 at the Cloncurry Shire Council meeting room and in Camooweal 9am-3pm February 24 at the hall.  

Information they need: work history prior to 1973, date of birth, work places (eg station names), name of employer, what kind of work, how much money was paid and ID (eg birth certificate or driver licence).

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