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If it's really dead then why the review?



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Campaign Media Release Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten

IF IT’S REALLY DEAD THEN WHY THE REVIEW?

This is the front page headline of this morning’s South Coast Register newspaper in the federal seat of Gilmore.

On Wednesday morning the Liberal candidate for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis reacted angrily to a local midwife who questioned her about Coalition plans to re-introduce WorkChoices at a local forum in Bomaderry.

Ms Sudmalis told the audience:

SUDMALIS: Any workplace relations legislation is on the table after the election, not before. ….It is exactly as it is right now, right through to the election and it will be reviewed after the election and that has been made perfectly clear to everybody.

[ABC ILLAWARRA - 29 AUGUST 2013]

Tony Abbott’s candidate for Gilmore has in fact simply articulated Coalition policy.

They will review the Fair Work Act - it’s right there in their own policy.*

So the question is this: why have a review if you’re not going to change the laws?

No funny business, just answer the question.

Just like the costings issue, which can be resolved in a heartbeat if Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey just release their PBO costings, this workplace relations issue can be swiftly cleared up too.

Why the review if the laws won’t change?

*RELEVANT EXCERPT FROM THE COALITION’S WORKPLACE RELATIONS POLICY:

The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws will:

· Keep and improve the Fair Work laws - including the independent umpire

· Re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission

· Provide better protection for members of Registered Organisations

· Provide practical help to small business workplaces

· Guarantee workers the right to access fair flexibility

· Create realistic timeframes for Greenfield agreements

· Ensure union right of entry provisions are sensible and fair

· Promote harmonious, sensible and productive enterprise bargaining

· Ensure the laws work for everyone and an independent review by the respected Productivity

Commission will be undertaken

MELBOURNE 30 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600