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Democrats demonstrate that consultation wins for contractors



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MEDIA RELEA SE SENATOR ROBERT BELI-Australian Democrat Senator for Tasmania Yzy 3o3

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The Government's proposed Industrial Relations Amendments have been altered to accommodate Democrat concerns.

The Australian Democrats' Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Senator Robert Bell expressed his optimism that the Bill as amended would usher in many advantages to Australia's workers.

"The Democrats have succeeded in removing a contentious clause which some had interpreted as compelling contractors to join unions. Our consistent position on this question has delivered the opportunity for non-union members to benefit from the

reviewing powers of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

"Those who would be rejoicing at the Government's decision to accept the Democrat amendment would includd many of those people who work as family day carers, or cleatiers, or maintenance workers, or security workers, or clerical outworkers.

"Many workers in these industries have been exploited while unable to gain access to the most powerful industrial umpire in the nation, the AIRC. With the passage of this legislation, that access will be possible, and redress of the harsh or unfair working situations will also be possible. '

Senator Bell said that he also welcomed Minister Cook's move to clarify the jurisdiction over independent contractors. "It is entirely appropriate that the High Court should determine this matter, and I anticipate that the Housing Industry in particular will eventually be defined as containing model

examples of genuine contractors.

SENATOR ROBERT BELL PH 06 2773773

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH