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Thursday, 19 March 2009
Page: 2203

Senator FISHER (12:49 AM) —Minister, why does the explanatory memorandum for the transitional bill say at the top of page 2:

FWA will have scope to make orders to ‘phase in’ minimum wages in modern awards on application by an employer where it is satisfied that such measures are necessary to ensure the ongoing viability of a business.

What are the practical circumstances that might give rise to this? Why is it necessary to provide for a phase-in provision?