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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5335

Senator NETTLE (6:36 PM) —The question is about recognising that there are circumstances where employers provide a room in which delegates can meet or provide a whiteboard or minor material assistance to the operations of delegates in a workplace. That is a very different situation from that of the example I gave before, Suncorp Metway, which is quite clearly an enterprise association. I am looking for some convincing argument that proposed section 20(1B) will allow the commission to use their discretion to differentiate between circumstances where an employer provides legitimate assistance for delegates doing their work in the workplace and, quite distinct from situations like Suncorp Metway, where you have an organisation funded entirely by the employer. That is what I am asking the minister to explain.