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Fair Work Commission deputy under fire for ‘erotic’ figurines

The Sydney office was occupied by several figurines. Images: Getty, FWC

The deputy president of the Fair Work Commission, Gerard Boyce, was forced to remove
“inappropriate” figurines from his office following a series of complaints from staff.

A Senate Estimates hearing this week heard that Boyce had around 20 hand-crafted figurines, some “erotic’, in his office before he removed them.

“My recollection is one was a female figure and the other I am not sure was even human," Fair Work Commission general manager Bernadette O'Neill said.

“Scantily clad is probably the way I think of it.”

O’Neill said staff had raised concerns, with Boyce later removing them. The hearing also heard how Boyce had installed a surveillance camera in the Sydney office.

"This is a horrendous breach of workplace standards at any workplace," Labor senator Tony Sheldon said on Wednesday.

"The commissioners are responsible and liable for providing a safe workplace, to find a commissioner at Fair Work putting his own staff under surveillance is an appalling abuse of their responsibilities."

However, Liberal Senator James McGrath has said decor has little to do with professionalism. 

“I don’t think we can draw from someone’s preferences for different types of artwork as to their professionalism,” Senator McGrath said.

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