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Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Page: 4517

Second Reading

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate notes the Government's failure to:

   (a)   establish an independent Registered Organisations Commission to:

      (i)   enforce and police the reporting and compliance obligations,

      (ii)   provide information to members of registered organisations about their rights and act as the body to receive complaints from their members,

      (iii)   educate registered organisations about the new obligations that apply to them, and

      (iv)   absorb the role of registered organisations enforcer and investigator, currently held by the General Manager of Fair Work Australia;

   (b)   ensure registered organisations face the same accountability and transparency measures as required of companies and their directors under the Corporations Act 2001;

   (c)   ensure registered organisations face the same penalties as companies and their directors under the Corporations Act 2001;

   (d)   express its confidence in the findings of Fair Work Australia's investigation into the Health Services Union National Office; and

   (e)   conduct a Regulation Impact Statement for the bill;

and calls on the Government to conduct a review of the amendments made by the bill within 2 years after it receives the Royal Assent in accordance with Office of Best Practice Regulation practices".