Lawyers call for clarity on RSRT document release


Retailers seek information on how the tribunal gained documents from KPMG

Lawyers call for clarity on RSRT document release
There is intense scrutiny on KPMG’s work for the RSRT.

 

The search for information on how finance advisory firm KPMG came up with the draft payment model for contract transport drivers has taken another step.

Following an October 9 ‘document dump’ of 244 items, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA) is seeking clarity on which request the release was aimed at and what powers the RSRT used to gain them from KPMG.

ABLA called for the KPMG documents on behalf of Australian Business Industrial and the NSW Business Chamber on September 29, at around the same time law firm Henry Davis York did the same for major retailers group the Retail Council.

The RSRT says KPMG provided the documents "in response to the requests" but ABLA submits that the ones it is after are similar but different to the ones requested by the Retail Council.

ABLA have twice noted its client’s interest in whether the tribunal could compel the documents’ release and if "the 244 documents published on the Tribunal's website represent all of the documents within KPMG's possession that fall within the categories of documents sought by our clients".

"By way of example, we note that none of the documents published on the Tribunal's website relate to internal communications between employees of KPMG," ABLA’s letter, signed by director Luis Izzo and senior associate Kyle Scott, says.

"Our clients would have expected that there would have been a number of internal documents in existence falling within the categories of documents sought by our clients."

KPMG’s work on the payment model has proven a lightning rod for criticism and scrutiny from bodies and firms opposed to the payment model, particularly in its present form.

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