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Abetz must come clean on Fair Work appeals body



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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MEMBER FOR GORTON

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ABETZ MUST COME CLEAN ON FAIR WORK APPEALS BODY

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor has called on Employment Minister Eric Abetz to immediately release details of his plans to introduce an appeals body for the Fair Work Commission.

On 6 November, Mr Abetz issued a call for submissions on his plans to undermine the integrity of Fair Work system by introducing a Coalition appointed umpire.

But the letter contained no information on the Government’s policy. No details, no terms of reference.

The Department’s website was similarly lacking in information.

Mr O’Connor said the Government was trying to consult on a policy that haven’t yet released.

“Mr Abetz is on a fishing expedition, asking people to submit considered views on a policy that doesn’t even exist,” he said.

“Where are the terms of reference? Where is the detail on the parameters in which this body would operate?

“This proposed layer of bureaucracy seems to be how the Abbott Government plans to attack the Fair Work system, and yet warranted only a single line in their election policy document.

“This Coalition appointed umpire is a vehicle for the Abbott Government to return to its dark past of slashing and burning workplace entitlements like penalty rates.”

THURSDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2013

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