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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 18 June, 2007

Media Release

Government Supports Family First Amendment

The Australian Government will support Senator Fielding’s amendment that will boost redundancy

protections for working Australians.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, has consulted with Senator

Fielding over the amendment, which builds on the 12 month protected period for redundancy benefits that

was passed in December 2006.

Before December 2006, redundancy benefits under an agreement lapsed when the agreement was terminated.

This amendment doubles the protection period for workers' redundancy benefits to two years.

“This will make it much harder for companies like Tristar to avoid their obligations to employees,” Minister

Hockey said.

“I am pleased to support Senator Fielding’s amendment. I hope a Labor Party that has made a habit out of

needlessly opposing workplace reform will correct its mistakes of the past.”

“Amazingly, Labor voted against the introduction of the 12 month protected period - hopefully it won’t make

the same mistake twice.”

“The legal action against Tristar brought by the independent watchdog, the Office of Workplace Services, is

scheduled to appear in the Federal Court next month.”

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