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Fairness Test Backlog Continues To Grow Media Statement - 9th November 2007

Joe Hockey has released the latest embarrassing data about his so-called “fairness test” late on a Friday afternoon in an attempt to minimise the embarrassment to the Government.

On 16 August 2007, Minister Hockey rejected suggestions about the size of the backlog of workplace agreements awaiting assessment by the Workplace Authority. He said,

"there is certainly not a backlog of 100,000. That is complete rubbish."

On 5 September 2007, the first "fairness test" statistics were released by the Workplace Authority for the period ending 31 August 2007. Those statistics showed that just two weeks after the Minister's comments, there was a backlog of 111,421 agreements were still awaiting final assessment by the Workplace Authority.

On 5 October 2007, "fairness test" statistics were released by the Workplace Authority for the period ending 30 September 2007. Those statistics showed that, by the end of September, the backlog had grown by 16,249 agreements. At that time, 127,670 agreements were still awaiting final assessment by the Workplace Authority.

It took until the afternoon of Friday 9 November for the October "fairness test" statistics to be released. And that's because they reveal the bad news about the Howard Government’s failure to bring the fairness test backlog under control is only getting worse.

In October the backlog grew by a further 17,215 agreements. At 31 October, 144,885 workplace agreements were still awaiting final assessment by the Workplace Authority.

At this rate, there will be a backlog of about 200,000 agreements awaiting assessment by the Workplace Authority by the beginning of February 2008.

The so-called “fairness test” isn’t fair for employers and it isn’t fair for employees. This backlog creates uncertainty for working families who are already under pressure.

The Minister has said he won’t make substantive changes to his workplace laws. But when is the Minister going to admit that the "fairness test" is just a shambles and face up to his problem?

Julia Gillard

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