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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Page: 9583

Senator ABETZ (TasmaniaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (19:52): I thank the parliamentary secretary for her approach in relation to that matter because with things of this nature when I talk to small businesses in relation to the new modern award system, I find that with compliance and the transitional arrangements, over­whelmingly, small businesses try to do the right thing. Unfortunately, every now and then they do get confused. They are not sure of exactly where to look for information or how to gain information. Unfortunately, ignorance is no excuse and so many a good and decent small business person finds themself in difficulty. I would hate to see that occur yet again with this particular regime. If the government is picking up on that, or going to make that suggestion if it is not occurring, I thank the parliamentary secretary and the government. Can I be reminded as to the confined spaces code and the first aid code? As I understand it, they were not in the priority list.