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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
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(Question No. 944)

Senator Messner asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 20 February 1986:

Does the Government agree that the weakness of its so-called superannuation guidelines will leave the Australian Council of Trade Unions free to dictate its own terms to industry, as already seen in the case of the Transport Workers' Union.

Senator Walsh —The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The policies announced by the Government are aimed at ensuring the establishment of soundly based superannuation arrangements for the Australian community which will be fair and equitable to employees, unions, employers and their associations. As honourable senators will be aware, the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission has issued guidelines setting out the conditions under which it will ratify agreements and make consent awards relating to new or improved occupational superannuation. These conditions include the requirement that employers' consent to agreements must be genuine. The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has made it clear on many occasions that the Government does not support resort to industrial action in relation to negotiations relating to the implementation of superannuation agreements.

The industrial disruption that has occurred over superannuation issues has been a matter of concern to the Government. Accordingly, in the current National Wage Case the Commonwealth is seeking a review of the Commission's current principle in relation to superannuation. The Commonwealth has submitted that the issue of superannuation should be addressed within the Commission by general arbitration, that superannuation should be gradually phased in over a time period, that a prospective date before which superannuation cannot be awarded should be set having regard to economic requirements, and that the Commission should address directly the issue of industrial action in pursuit of claims for superannuation.