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Monday, 4 November 1996
Page: 5012


Senator CHRIS EVANS(4.43 p.m.) —I am having a little trouble understanding that concept. My understanding is that the Employment Advocate will provide assistance and advice to employers. That advice could be about the minimum conditions they have to meet in filing an agreement, for example. At the same time, the Employment Advocate will help remedy the disadvantage that the government recognises certain groups of workers face. I am not sure how the Employment Advocate is going to be able to balance those two demands.

What I am trying to get at is the function that the Employment Advocate will have in relation to these people who your own legislation says are in a disadvantaged bargaining position. What action will the Employment Advocate take to redress that disadvantaged bargaining position those workers find themselves in, given that at the same time you are advising the employers how they can maximise their interests in this process?