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Wednesday, 22 June 1994
Page: 1815

Senator CRANE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)this Government rammed through, in 1993, the so-called industrial relations blueprint for Australia in the form of the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993,

    (ii)the Government was in full `pay back' mode for election favours and listened to no one other than the Australian Council of Trade Unions,

    (iii)even though employees, employers and organisations loudly warned this Government that the Industrial Relations Reform Bill was fundamentally flawed, the Government ploughed ahead with total disregard,

    (iv)less than 2 months after the bill came into action, the Minister for Industrial Relations (Mr Brereton) had announced a total review of the flawed legislation and, less than 1 month later, the Minister was forced to make immediate amendments,

    (v)the hasty amendments were guillotined through the House of Representatives less than 2 weeks ago, and

    (vi)now the Minister appears to have changed his mind because the amendments, so badly wanted by the people who have to work with the Minister's folly, will not be dealt with as originally planned on 22 June 1994; and

  (b)condemns the Government for its total lack of direction and recommends the Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993 be suspended in its entirety to allow people to operate under the old Act whilst proper and fair industrial laws are introduced.