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Tuesday, 24 September 2002
Page: 4762

Debate resumed from 23 September, on motions by Senator Coonan and Senator Ellison:

That these bills be now read a second time.

upon which Senator Sherry had moved by way of an amendment in respect of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Genuine Bargaining) Bill 2002:

At the end of the motion, add:

“but the Senate condemns the Government for:

(a) unreasonably emasculating the powers of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to resolve industrial disputes in the interests of the parties;

(b) interfering with the commission's discretion to deal with industrial disputes in the most appropriate way; and

(c) failing to put forward constructive proposals to enable the commission to direct parties to bargain in good faith”.