Claims that the Government has instructed the SAS Group to meet with the Cross Bench Senators on the WorkPac v Skene decision are totally incorrect.
“Given the conclusion by the Australian Industry Group that the Skene decision involves “double dipping” that could lead to claims going back 6 years with a total cost of up to $8 billion, I took the view that it was critical that these meeting took place as a matter of urgency,” the SAS Group Principal Consultant, John Short said.
“The meetings with Crossbench Senators were therefore sought during the recent two-week Parliamentary break to allow sufficient time to explain this issue and how its impact would be felt across the whole economy, and especially for small and medium business.
“At no stage was I acting on behalf of Government. The words contained in the emails to Cross Bench Senators were my own. It is therefore totally incorrect to claim that the SAS Group was acting at the Government’s instruction,” Mr Short said.
“I totally reject the claim that the Government directed the SAS Group to speak to Cross Bench Senators,” Mr Short concluded.