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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26 FEBRUARY 2008

FRIDAY DEADLINE ON WORKPLACE RELATIONS INQUIRY

Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, has urged Queensland businesses of all sizes to send in submissions regarding Labor’s proposed new workplace relations Bill by Friday afternoon (Feb 29).

Senator Boyce is a member of the Senate’s Education, Employment & Workplace Relations Committee which is conducting a short inquiry into the legislation.

The Committee will hold five hearings across Australia with the Queensland hearing to be held on March 10 at the Convention Centre, South Brisbane.

“Committee members are especially keen to hear what business thinks the abolition of AWAs will do.

“I believe there is the potential for serious economic and social impact including inflationary pressures from wages breakouts and increased industrial disputation,” Senator Boyce said.

“Many employers have told me that one of the biggest advantages of AWAs was the opportunity to talk face-to-face with employees about what the individuals really wanted. The whole negotiating atmosphere had improved.”

Senator Boyce said the Coalition had used its numbers to push the Inquiry through the Senate so the Parliament had the full picture of the effects of the abolition of individual agreements.

The Committee is required to report to the Senate by March 17.

“We will be using the results of this Inquiry to guide our deliberations when Labor brings on debate of this Bill in the Senate the following week,” Senator Boyce said.

Further information is available at http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/eet_ctte/wr_tff08/index.htm

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