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Long wait for Shorten's response to FWA Review

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SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Liberal Senator for Tasmania

4 October 2012

Long wait for Shorten’s response to FWA Review

It’s time for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten to stop dragging his feet with the response to the Fair Work Review as he enters his fourth month of consideration.

“Mr Shorten received the Review in early July and released it publically in August - yet despite promises that we would receive his response shortly thereafter, we’re still waiting,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Despite the Review predictably falling well short of expectations in areas such as Australia’s productivity challenge, the Coalition has already committed to supporting a majority of the Review’s recommendations, many of which are straightforward and would be acceptable to most Australians.”

“It is becoming clear that Mr Shorten is having trouble getting approval from the ACTU bosses, instead of taking decisions in the best interests of both workers and employers.”

Senator Abetz described the majority of the Reviews’ recommendations as “no-brainers”.

“Instead of pandering to his union boss comrades, Bill Shorten should act in the national interest and release the Government’s response to the Review,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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