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Monday, 7 September 2009
Page: 5707

Senator ARBIB (Minister for Employment Participation and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery) (1:49 PM) —I totally reject Senator Abetz’s claim in terms of favouritism. The legislation makes it clear that the minister must appoint members to Safe Work Australia. The legislation also makes it clear that the appointment of members representing the interest of workers and employers can only be made following nominations by bodies that the minister considers represent the interests of workers and employers across Australia. There are other organisations, depending on the issues, that may be relevant to being on the body. I do not believe, and the government does not believe, that we should be outlawing those bodies or organisations. The flexibility that is required is in the bill.

Question negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Hurley)—Senator Xenophon, you are not proceeding with the other two amendments?