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Thursday, 16 May 2002
Page: 2322

Debate resumed from 15 May, on motion by Mr Abbott:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr McClelland moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words :

“this House declines to give the Bill a second reading and :

condemns the government for:

(a) attempting to pre-empt of a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia concerning the issue of whether bargaining fees “pertain to the relationship of employer and employee' ;

(b) introducing legislation which unreasonably restrains the ability of parties in the workplace to voluntarily enter into service agreements concerning industrial representation and advocacy;

(c) introducing legislation which is primarily designed to discourage workplace organisation rather than to facilitate agreement-making; and

(2) confirms that it is appropriate that the House await the decision of the Federal Court prior to legislating in this area”