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Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Page: 1142


Senator SIEWERT (5:17 PM) —I take your point; I think it is a substantial, fundamental disagreement about what should and should not be included in the transitional bill. But, if previous AWAs are failing the previous government’s fairness test, I do not see why we should guarantee those employers certainty. I think they should be required to start again. I accept that we have a fundamental disagreement, but this is about fairness. We keep talking about fairness, but I do not think it is fair that an employee should have to keep going through that process if the AWA has already failed the fairness test. It should not be allowed to be varied. They should start again.

Question negatived.