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leave it there. Thanks for coming in tonight. Thanks, Tony. The Prime Minister has admitted a significant drop in the polls for the Federal Government is a reaction to its workplace reform legislation. John Howard says there could be some fine tuning of the bill after a Senate committee recommended several changes. And the Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce has once again refused to rule out crossing the floor to oppose parts of the legislation.

Sally Sara reports from Canberra. It was all cheers as Kim Beazley met with union leaders in Melbourne. Labor believes its fight against the Government's workplace changes is paying off. Mr Beazley accuses the Prime Minister of losing touch with voters. I don't think Howard understands because he is totally out of touch about how much damage Australians believe these laws will do to them. The Prime Minister admits the poll results are a reaction to the industrial relations legislation, but he's not rattled. I have been in politics a very long time and every government goes through periods of having bad polls. the Prime Minister conceded he's willing to make some changes to the legislation. I am certainly happy to finetune. The Treasurer believes the bill will get through anyway. I'm confident that the Government's reforms will be passed through the Senate.

This is the man who could get in

This is the man who could get in the way. Nationals Senator Barnaby

way. Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce wants changes on unfair dismissal.

He won't rule out crossing the

He won't rule out crossing the floor to vote against parts of the

legislation. I think all Senators

have a role to making sure they

properly reveal legislation in

whatever manner they have to fulfil

that purpose, they should keep that

as part of their repertoire. A

Senate Committee has released its

report on the legislation. It

recommends several changes,

including greater protection of

including greater protection of four weeks' annual leave, assurance that

full-time worker also all be paid

for a 38-hour week and safeguards

for outworkers. What we do not want them to do is become more vulnerable as a result of this legislation, which encourages negotiation between employers and employees. It logically follows that if outworkers are made more vulnerable under this legislation, then other employees other workers are also made more vulnerable. Senator's enthusiasm has already

landed her in trouble. She revealed

details of the report before it was

officially released and admitted

outlining recommendations to the

office of Workplace Relations

Minister Kevin Andrews. And I made

them aware that I would be

them aware that I would be including the recommendations in the report.

So that there was - those

recommendations which are the ones

we've made so that there is not an

element of surprise for them.

But tlenty of surprise for the

Opposition. There certainly appears

to be a case that it should be

referred to the privileges

committee. It's another example of

the way the government treats this

with contempt but Australian

with contempt but Australian workers and their families with conthem.

They are threatening to step up the

campaign for workplace changes and

they say the fight has only just

started. Prime minister-in-waiting

Peter Costello isn't giving away

Peter Costello isn't giving away any clues on whether he'll be the one

leading the government's

counterattack in the future. He's

refused to comment on whether he's

talked with the Prime Minister

talked with the Prime Minister about a handover of lead ship next year.

We have a lot of private discussions, don't read anything

into this, but we keep them between

ourselves. The government is

ourselves. The government is getting ready for a long fight to convince workers that the industrial