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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5826


Senator SIEWERT (7:57 PM) —The Greens will also be supporting these amendments. As I articulated in my speech on the second reading, the Greens were planning, and in fact had drafted, exactly the same amendments. It was a bit silly putting up the same amendments, so we decided that we would support Senator Xenophon’s amendments. We think it is particularly important that there be three representatives of both employees and employers on this body, and in particular that the employer body and the employee body nominating these representatives should be named in the legislation. We believe both of these organisations have a track record in occupational health and safety and therefore they are the most appropriate bodies to nominate representatives to Safe Work Australia. Therefore, we support these amendments.