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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1057


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (18:45): I think you are actually underestimating and undermining the work of the Fair Work Commission. This is bread-and-butter work for the commission.

Companies and the unions have had the opportunity since April 2014 to become code compliant. Again, it is an opt-in scheme. You do not have to opt into this scheme should you not wish to. If you do not wish to then you do not need to vary your agreement. In the event that you do wish to, and you do not have a co-compliant agreement—because a number of companies have code compliant agreements—then you merely need to seek to vary the offending clause. If it is one clause, you merely seek to vary one clause.