Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
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Labour hire crackdown may be open to abuse: experts

PUBLIC servants enforcing the Palaszczuk Government's union-backed crackdown on labour hire companies would be handed tougher powers than police, sparking high-level warnings that the planned laws are open to abuse.

The Law Society has warned fundamental rights will be breached because the legislation would compel people to give evidence - similar to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Business groups also fear the powers, spun as a plan to weed out dodgy operators, are so broad they could hit law-abiding companies.

The laws, unveiled by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Labour Day, would give government inspectors stronger "power of entry" rights to workplaces than are currently granted to police.

People who refuse to give evidence to the Government could also face criminal charges.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said it was not unusual for the Government to include these provisions in legislation.

Read more at Courier-Mail

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