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Crikey readers were unified in their reaction to calls from celebrity chefs for a wage theft "amnesty" in the face of "complicated" labour laws -- if the laws are really so complex, why is it we only ever see the underpayment of wages? Elsewhere, readers discussed the value of comments sections, decried the state of the Coalition's governance and addressed media and political silence on protests in Iraq.

On wage theft

Mick Donohoe writes: I find it amazing that employers who don't know the correct wage for their employees never overpay them. I mean there should be an even split between under- and overpaying, but the law of averages fails again. It almost like it not an accident.

Ian Foster writes: I'd be a lot more sympathetic if we had as many instances of accidental, unintended wage overpayments.  I accept that chefs aren't IR experts and they may have to hire-in extra management skills and stop hiding the real total costs of entrepreneurship. Why don't they? Probably the same reason as the wage thefts -- they want to keep their costs down.