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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Page: 4963


Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (16:03): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator FIFIELD: While the government agrees with the broad sentiment expressed in the motion moved by Senator Lazarus, this matter is currently before the Fair Work Commission with both the employer and the union referring this matter to the independent umpire. The commission is in the middle of dealing with the issue. This motion invites the Senate to express a concluded view on matters which are live before the independent Fair Work Commission. The commission is the appropriate independent body to deal with this dispute and it will make whatever decisions it will. This government is concerned to ensure that we continue to build the economy to provide jobs growth and make existing jobs sustainable.

Question agreed to.