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Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Page: 98

Senator SIEWERT (7:48 PM) —What happens if the director says it is fair, particularly when you take into account people’s personal circumstances and all those sorts of things, and the employee does not believe that it is fair? What you are saying is that the director’s word amounts to: take it or leave it, that’s it—no correspondence entered into. But what these amendments seek and what the Greens amendments sought to do is enable an employee to find out the basis on which the decision was made. It is not objective. You are taking into account industry circumstances, exceptional circumstances and personal circumstances, so it is subjective; it is not objective. Therefore, if the director makes a decision that it is fair, an employee may not feel it is fair and certainly deserves to understand why and be able to challenge that, particularly as it is so subjective.