Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to "modern day slavery". Welcome to Australia in 2016.

For the past two years, The Age's journalists have exposed the often dodgy and sometimes corrupt practices that are used to exploit low-paid and foreign workers. Saturday's report from Adele Ferguson, that Caltex franchisees have been paying shift workers well below the  legal award rate is just the latest in an ever growing series of scandals that have stained Australia's reputation as a fair and equitable society and rocked the public's trust in many of Australia's large corporations.