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Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Page: 2717

Debate resumed from 20 June, on motion by Mr Reith:

That the bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr McMullan moved by way of amendment:

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House is of the opinion that the Bill should not be proceeded with, for the following reasons:

(1)   it breaches the Prime Minister's "rock solid guarantee" that no-one will be worse off;

(2)   it opens the door to cutting youth wages and introducing a $3.00 per hour youth wage;

(3)   it removes the fairness which is entrenched in the existing industrial relations system;

(4)   it does not recognise the legitimacy and desirability of employees organising and bargaining collectively;

(5)   it proceeds from a fundamentally flawed assumption that the parties to the employment relationship have equal bargaining power;

(6)   it severely restricts the central role of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in the industrial relations system;

(7)   it undermines the award system as the dynamic framework for the protection and advancement of wages and conditions;

(8)   it removes workplace and enterprise bargaining from the protections of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission;

(9)   it will aggravate problems of inequality for women, young people and those most vulnerable in the labour market;

(10)   it fails to provide a core framework for the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes;

(11)   it emphasises the punishment of industrial action rather than its resolution; and

(12)   it fails to ensure that Australia's labour standards meet our international obligations."