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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Page: 2412

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (12:07): I table a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendments to be moved in this bill. The memorandum was circulated in the chamber on 20 March 2012.

The PRESIDENT: The question now is that the amendments on sheets 7214 and 7218, circulated by the opposition, be agreed to:

(1) Clause 2, page 2 (table item 2), omit the table item, substitute:

2. Schedule 1

1 January 2013.

1 January 2013

(1)   Schedule 1, item 61, page 25 (after line 12), at the end of Division 5 of Part 6 4A, add:

789EB TCF outworkers not to be worse off

   (1)   This Part applies in relation to a TCF outworker only to the extent to which, in a particular respect, the outworker would not be worse off.

   (2)   A reference in subsection (1) to this Part includes a reference to any regulations made for the purposes of this Part.

   (3)   The regulations may prescribe:

   (a)   what a particular respect is for the purposes of subsection (1); or

   (b)   the circumstances in which a TCF outworker would or would not be worse off for the purposes of subsection (1).

Senator Abetz: Mr President, I rise on a brief point of order. It is usual that you put all the coalition amendments together, so I do not quibble with that, but one of those amendments is to ensure that nobody would be worse off as a result of the passage of this legislation. It may be possible, and I do not know if this is the case, that certain senators might wish to vote for that amendment but not the other one. That is all that I put to you, Mr President: they should be dealt with separately on that basis.

The PRESIDENT: It is available to senators to make that request, if senators feel that way. Otherwise, the question now is that the amendments on sheets 7214 and 7218, circulated by the opposition, be agreed to.

Question negatived.