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Monday, 13 December 1993
Page: 4434


Senator CRANE (6.30 p.m.) —I believe that what was said about what I said was a misrepresentation of what I said. We will deal with it after dinner.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.


Senator CRANE —Before the suspension of the sitting I had raised one matter with the then minister at the table, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (Senator Sherry). It is a pity that he is not here. My point was that this clause give a privileged right to the unions which is not given in section 42 of the act. The parliamentary secretary at that time totally misinterpreted what I was saying on that point. Others may only appear after having put argument before the commission. It is then at the discretion of the commission as to whether or not they can appear, which is totally different to the giving of a right. I wanted to make that particular point as far as this amendment is concerned.

  The other question I want to ask is as follows. If, for example, an agreement is brought before the commission but the commission then decides that an agreement in that form is unacceptable, what action can the employees or the employer take to dispute the decision that has been made by the commission?