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Wednesday, 1 June 1994
Page: 1105


Senator CRANE (5.21 p.m.) —I oppose clause 20 on page five. Once again, the debate has basically been run in terms of the contents of the second reading speech; and a number of us paid some attention to it. I re-emphasise the point that we do not see the necessity for the establishment of the register of stevedoring employees. In fact, we think it is a very dangerous step with the potential for pressure for the reintroduction of pooling and taking the focus off what is so necessary in the continuation of waterfront reforms.

  We have already been notified in Senator Bell's speech in the second reading debate, that the Australian Democrats will be supporting our opposition to the clause. I thank him and acknowledge that. We see it as absolutely pointless to have the reintroduction of a register when it is giving the wrong signals to the key players in the industry.