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Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Page: 1142


Senator WONG (Minister for Climate Change and Water) (5:19 PM) —by leave—I move government amendments (18) and (19) on sheet PA412 together:

(18)  Schedule 1, item 15, page 41 (line 24), omit “the 14 day period referred to in section 342”, substitute “a period of 14 days after the commencement of this Schedule”.

(19)  Schedule 1, item 15, page 41 (lines 33 and 34), omit “the 14 day period referred to in section 375”, substitute “a period of 14 days after the commencement of this Schedule”.

These amendments seek to amend subsections 7(1)(b) and 7(2)(b). These amendments would enable lodgement of an AWA or a variation of an AWA to be made before the commencement of the bill and lodged after 14 days from the day it was made—which would otherwise be in breach of section 342 or section 375—to be accepted by the Workplace Authority in accordance with current rules. These amendments would require the Workplace Authority director to notify the parties, where an AWA or variation made to an AWA has been lodged at the end of 14 days after the commencement of the schedule, rather than 14 days after the AWA or variation was made, if lodgement has not been effective and the AWA or variation is not in operation. The penalty provisions for breach of sections 342 and 375 would continue to apply. In short, the purpose of the amendments is to make clear, in accordance with current arrangements for AWAs, that agreements made before commencement and lodged after the end of the approval period can be accepted, provided they have been lodged by the end of 14 days from commencement of the bill.

Question agreed to.