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     9 Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2019

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time—

Debate resumed by Mr Burke who moved, as an amendment—That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“the House:

(1)    declines to give the bill a second reading; and

(2)    notes that:

(a)    this Government has not proposed legislation to deal with important workplace relations matters, such as wage theft, flat lining wages growth, or deaths in the workplace;

(b)   this bill and the Act it seeks to amend represent an inconsistent approach by the Government to responding to Royal Commissions; and

(c)    instead of protecting workers from wage theft, the Government has determined to attack the worker entitlement funds that guarantee workers’ entitlements are paid”.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned (Mrs K. L. Andrews—Minister for Industry, Science and Technology), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.