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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5335


Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (6:32 PM) —There are a number of provisions to ensure that enterprise unions are independent and represent members effectively. The commission must not register an enterprise union unless it is satisfied that is free from improper control or influence from an employer or other person with an interest in the enterprise or an employer or employee association. In addition, the commission must be satisfied that a majority of employees who are eligible to join support the registration, and the registration must further the objects of the act to be representative of, and accountable to, members and to operate effectively and be democratically subject to member control.