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ADMINISTRATION—FAIR WORK ACT—REVIEW

Senator Kroger, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 825—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) advice from the Department of Finance and Deregulation released under Freedom of Information laws that the review of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act) should have included productivity, for example, a look at the costs incurred through bargaining, disputes, training and delays,

  (ii) that the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (Mr Shorten) revised the terms of reference drafted by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to:

   (A) delete references to flexibility and balancing the needs of employees and employers in the opening paragraph,

   (B) delete any reference to how the Act has reduced the compliance burden on business, and

   (C) delete surveys of employers on their experiences in bargaining and agreement making under the Act and a survey of employees to measure their views and experiences under the Act, and

  (iii) the view of departmental officers that the Minister's terms of reference were too narrow; and

 (b) expresses concern that the terms of reference for the review were not broader.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 32

Senators—

Abetz

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boyce

Brandis

Bushby

Cash

Colbeck

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Heffernan

Humphries

Johnston

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Macdonald

Mason

McKenzie

Parry

Payne

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Sinodinos

Smith

Williams

Xenophon


NOES, 37

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown

Cameron

Carr, Kim

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Farrell

Faulkner

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Thorp

Urquhart

Waters

Whish-Wilson

Wong

Wright

Question negatived.