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Tuesday, 8 October 1996
Page: 3649

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia.

Your petitioners request that the Senate, in Parliament assembled should recognise that any reform to Australia's system of industrial relations should acknowledge the special needs of employees to be protected from disadvantage, exploitation and discrimination in the workplace.

Your petitioners oppose the Coalition policies which represent a fundamentally anti-worker regime and we call upon the Senate to provide an effective check and balance to the Coalition's legislative program by rejecting such a program.

Your petitioners request that the Senate reject the proposed reforms to the area of industrial relations as outlined in the Workplace Relations

Bill 1996.