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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8037


Senator MURRAY (11:48 PM) —Given the strength and understanding of workplace relations law on the Labor side, I must say—through you, Mr Chairman—Senator Santoro, it is nice to hear a coalition person who has a lot more experience than some of those whose views we have heard expressed. Frankly, I think in the future your own deep knowledge and understanding will add to the debate. Minister Alston, I want to wrap up the situation as I see it. Labor's amendment will go through intact, unless you move an amendment now, which I would accept, which would be to knock off the third line of item two. If it goes to the House and they do not accept Labor's amendment to change the period from 12 to six months, you will be left with a situation under the Hamzy case where there are no exclusions for casuals. I would have thought that six months is better than none—that was the Hamzy result. If you come back and say that you cannot accept it, that will be where it will lie.