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The last two decades in Australia has seen a dramatic decline in permanent work, and corresponding growth of insecure forms of employment, such as casual, contract work and labour hire. The full extent and impact of this shift on workers, their families and the Australian community has never been formally investigated.

The Australian union movement commissioned this independent inquiry to examine the extent of the insecure work and its impact on workers, their families and the community, and to provide recommendations on measures that can be taken to address any problems that are identified.

A panel of experts and community members, chaired by former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe, conducted the inquiry and reported to the ACTU Congress 2012 on its findings. 

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