Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION (EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN) BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That this Bill be now read a second time-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Peter Baume, viz: At end of motion, add "", but in fully endorsing the principle of equal opportunity in employment and career advancement through merit, the Senate believes that-

(a) voluntary co-operation rather than additional Government regulation is the preferred method of achieving equal opportunity in employment; and

(b) this Bill-

(i) should build on the goodwill and expertise developed with private employers during the voluntary pilot program,

(ii) will add to the cost burdens of business, thereby reducing overall employment opportunities and increasing prices to consumers,

(iii) will increase the level of business regulation,

(iv) will establish yet another bureaucracy at a cost to the taxpayer, and

(v) will further extend the interference of trade unions in the activities of private employers''.

Debate resumed.

Senator Crowley addressing the Chair

And it being 2 p.m.-