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Thursday, 18 February 1999
Page: 3145

Mr BEAZLEY (9:31 AM) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Leader of the Opposition moving forthwith:

That the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business be condemned for concealing a deceptive plan to break undertakings that no worker would be worse off under the Government's industrial relations reforms and for his efforts to destroy the Living Wage for ordinary Australian families.

It is necessary for us to give consideration to this at this time because this is not the future that the Australian people want. We do not want a low wage, low skilled future of transient jobs. We want a high wage, high skilled, secure work force. We do not want families intimidated by constant threats to their job security in the workplace. We want a community happy and secure and confident that they can support their families through their lives. That is what we want on this side of the House, but this is not what the government wants.

We want people confident that, when you go to them during the election campaign and you tell them that no family is going to be worse off, no worker is going to be worse off as a result of the industrial relations changes—

Mr Reith —Mr Speaker, we are quite happy to have a sustained and robust debate on this, but we will have it at the usual time after question time.

Motion (by Mr Reith) put:

That the member be not further heard.

The House divided. [9.37 a.m.]

(Mr Speaker—Mr Neil Andrew)

Ayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Noes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67


Majority . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Voting lists are recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.