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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 3438

Senator WILLIAMS (11:05 AM) —I have a couple of questions about the proposal and how it will work in relation to small businesses, especially employees’ entitlements to workers compensation, superannuation et cetera. Perhaps I could use an example of a lady working in a small business who takes 18 weeks off. Does that small business still have to pay the workers compensation, being aware that a percentage of workers compensation is paid on gross wage, depending on what field and what level of danger there is in certain employment? Do small businesses—and large businesses, for that matter—have to pay workers compensation, superannuation and payroll tax when the lady has the 18 weeks off?