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Wednesday, 11 February 2004
Page: 24337

Debate resumed from 10 February, on motion by Mr Andrews:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Emerson moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“the House declines to give the bill a second reading and condemns the Government for:

(1) seeking to weaken and remove, wherever possible, protection for working Australians against unfair dismissal;

(2) taking a confrontationist approach to workplace relations, aimed at provoking rather than averting industrial disputes; and

(3) tearing away at the safety net that has been erected over a century to protect vulnerable working Australians”.