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Notice given 18 June 2001

935  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Coalition Government has paid more than $7.2 million to more than 3 600 employees under the Employee Entitlement Support Scheme (EESS), and

(ii) these workers from more than 330 insolvent companies would have been paid more than $14 million had the states contributed to the scheme;

(b) welcomes the support from the Northern Territory Government for the scheme, which has contributed to payments for workers who have lost their entitlements;

(c) condemns the Australian Labor Party (ALP) for not supporting this scheme and for not paying a single cent to workers who lost their entitlements due to company insolvencies between 1983 and 1996; and

(d) calls on state governments, in particular the New South Wales Carr ALP Government, to support the EESS and help workers in the first scheme by any federal government that supports workers’ entitlements.