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Thursday, 17 December 1992
Page: 5427


Senator COOK (Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support) (9.30 p.m.) —Mr Chairman, that is an accurate description of where we had reached. It lacks some of the pageantry of what we were doing. We were within nano seconds of concluding a hands-across-the-chamber agreement, I think. The synopsis is that Senator Panizza had moved a motion, Senator Bell had supported it, I had poked a few holes in it, we had agreed to resolve the difference and then the sitting was suspended. In the interim we have resolved the difference, I think. Any one of us—Senator Panizza, Senator Bell or I—could be the one who actually moves the outcome. But since what is formally before you, Mr Chairman, is Senator Panizza's motion, it seems to fall to me to move it and I do not in any way shirk from that.

  There is a further amendment now circulating in my name and in two parts. As I recall, the first part copies effectively the words in one of Senator Panizza's amendments. In the second part, the difference is that subclause 1A, rather than naming employer organisations, substitutes the words `such organisations which represent employers or employees as the Minister thinks appropriate'. I trust, if I might interpolate at this point, the Minister thinks always the appropriate ones are the representative ones and not some others. Further, subclause 1B provides that a failure to consult as required by subclause 1A does not affect the validity of a regulation prescribing an amount for the purposes of this section.


The CHAIRMAN —Before the Minister can move his amendments, Senator Panizza, by leave, will have to withdraw his amendments.

  Amendments—by leave—withdrawn.

  Amendments (by Senator Cook)—by leave—proposed:

(1)Clause 97, page 63, subclause (1), line 33, omit "$1,000,000", substitute "the prescribed amount".

(2)Clause 97, page 63, after subclause (1), insert the following subclause:

  "(1A)    Before advising the Governor-General about the making of a regulation prescribing an amount for this section, the Minister must consult the Fund and such organisations which represent employers or employees as the Minister thinks appropriate.

  "(1B)    A failure to consult as required by subsection (1A) does not affect the validity of a regulation prescribing an amount for the purposes of this section.