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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—MARITIME WORKERS UNION

Senator Cash, at the request of the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz), amended general business notice of motion no. 1186 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (Mr Shorten) addressed the Maritime Workers Union's militancy conference on 26 February 2013, celebrating 140 years of the militant struggle and bringing together some of the most successful and militant trade unions from around Australia and the world;

 (b) notes the Fair Work Ombudsman's civil prosecution, in Fair Work Ombudsman v Maritime Union of Australia & Anor WAD136/2012 in the Federal Court of Australia, for breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 by the Maritime Workers Union of Australia, namely circulating posters labelling workers as scabs;

 (c) condemns comments by Maritime Workers Union Western Australian Secretary, Mr Cain, at the same conference who told delegates that laws had to be broken; and

 (d) calls on all Australians to obey the laws of the Commonwealth and its states and territories.

Question put and passed.