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Thursday, 9 December 1993
Page: 4245


Senator BELL (12.43 p.m.) —We should not let the matter rest at that. For the edification of the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services (Senator McMullan) in determining what good it will do, I point out that the opportunity to make an interim award allows the determination of an enterprise flexibility agreement to proceed with an award underpinning it. Without that, it would be much more difficult to determine no disadvantage.

  As well as that, the concern of the states is fairly transparent. The concern of the state governments is that once such interim awards are made with a state award as the basis of it—be it outdated or not—then the agreement subsequently moves away from those state awards. Of course the states are trying to protect their own territory. They should be recognised as doing so. I still think that the benefits by far outweigh the minister's small concerns.

  Amendment agreed to.

  Progress reported.