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Thursday, 10 May 2007
Page: 85

Ms GILLARD (2:58 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and deals with the question of making a mess of industrial relations policy.

Government members interjecting—

The SPEAKER —Order! Members on my right! The member for Barker! The deputy leader has the call and the deputy leader will be heard.

Ms GILLARD —I refer the minister to the following statements he made today: ‘I am not going to start speculating on the details of the fairness test.’ ‘It’ll all become very clear when the legislation is presented to the House.’ ‘We’re certainly working through with the draughtsmen. It is obviously a process, but we’re working through it.’ Minister, doesn’t this mean that, since 12.01 am on Monday, your government has been forcing employers to comply with a test that has not even been drafted yet?

Mr HOCKEY (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —No.