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235 P01 DEC 21 '94 09:50

John Howard NEWS RELEASE

Member for BennelongShadow Minister for Industrial Relations & Manager of Opposition Business in the House 11( 59/94

BRERETON MUST MATCH WORDS WITH ACTION

If Laurie Brereton is genuine in his criticism of the IRC's decision in the Asahi case, then he will intervene before the Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission and give full support to the MTIA appeal against this outrageous decision.

If he fails to do this, then once again he will have revealed himself as hypocritical.

He cannot on the one hand endeavour to placate employers by upbraiding the Commission decision, yet on the other hand skulk away'without using his undoubted powers under the Industrial Relations Act to support an appeal,

It is easy to have a news doorstop to condemn an IRC decision. It is another matter entirely to stare down the ACTU establishment and actually oppose it before the Industrial Relations Commission.

Mr Brereton has yet another obligation if his criticism of the IRC decision is to have any real substance.

He must undertake that in the event of the appeal to the Full Bench of the IRC his government will take immediate steps to amend the Industrial Relations Act to overcome the effect of the Asahi decision.

This is not an issue where weasel words will suffice. The Minister is either for or against unions having the power to barge into every small business in Australia against the wishes of both employers and employees.

By his actions and his pronouncements today, Mr Brereton can give a clear answer to this question: Where does he really stand?

SYDNEY

COMMONWEALTH

P.ARTIAMENTARYLIBRARY 21 December 1994