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Monday, 13 October 2008
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Senator SIEWERT (9:25 PM) —As I indicated earlier, the Greens will be supporting these amendments. They actually do not go as far as ours would have gone, so we think they are a fair compromise in terms of still allowing the ministerial council to approve a draft plan so that that plan becomes final. The ministerial council therefore does have a role in approving plans. The specific role for the ministerial council in approving or refusing the draft plan is one of oversight and does not allow them to direct the draft plans. The last opposition amendment, which was exactly the same as the Greens amendment, specifically relates to those final plans by not enabling the ministerial council to effectively override Safe Work Australia and undermine the tripartite nature of that body. We believe these are sensible amendments and we will support them.


The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The question is that subclauses 28(2) to 28(5) and 28(8), subclauses 30(2) to 30(5) and 30(8) and division 4 of part 4 stand as printed.