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Labor's IR laws will close community facilities.



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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 MARCH 2008

Labor’s IR Laws will close community facilities

Local Councils in Queensland could be forced to cut community services if individual employment agreements are abolished, according to evidence given to the Senate inquiry into Labor’s proposed IR laws.

Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said: “Executives from the Local Government Association of Queensland have told the Senate Committee of Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Amendment Bill that flexibility is crucial to the future of many community services currently provided by councils, particularly in rural areas.”

“LGAQ witnesses told us they needed to be able to be flexible in their hiring or face having to close services.

“They gave the example of a swimming pool that would need to close. The council could not afford to pay the operator of the only swimming pool in town, if they had to pay Labor’s strict award conditions with weekend rates meaning double and triple time.”

“People want to swim when it suits them, particularly weekends and before and after work, and flexible work arrangements allowed this to happen.”

Many other community facilities would be affected and the local community will be the ones to suffer.

“The Federal Government must realise that flexibility is not just for those on high wages, but is an effective way of providing services in local communities that otherwise would not be available.”

“This is a very simple example of individual workplace agreements affecting the most basic of community services and the ability to provide facilities that are so important, especially in regional Queensland,” said Senator Boyce.

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