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Monday, 4 November 1996
Page: 5018

Senator SHERRY (Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate)(5.18 p.m.) —The opposition proposes to omit the following items:

(13)   Schedule 5, item 1, page 23 (lines 5 to 8), omit the item.

(14)   Schedule 5, item 2, page 23 (lines 9 to 10), omit the item.

(15)   Schedule 5, item 3, page 23 (lines 11 to 12), omit the item.

(16)   Schedule 5, item 4, page 23 (lines 13 to 15), omit the item.

(17)   Schedule 5, item 5, page 23 (lines 16 to 26), omit the item.

I just make a couple of points because we recognise the continuing unfortunate stability of this voting block we are faced with here today—the Liberal-Democrat deal on this bill. There are points we can make with respect to our proposal later in discussion on schedule 5.

I briefly explain the reasons for our opposition to amendments 13 to 17. We delete the new definition of `allowable award matters'. We do not accept the concept of allowable award matters in any way, shape or form and we will be making some comment on that later. We delete the bill's repeal of the definition of `paid rates award', `paid rates dispute' and `paid rates functions and powers'. We do not believe that deletion is appropriate and, again, we will deal with that in some detail shortly. We delete the new definition of `state employment agreement' as a consequence of our proposed deletion of the bill's provisions which permit state employment agreements. We deal with that in amendment 50 in respect of their override of the act.

Items 1 to 5, as amended, agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Campbell) proposed:

(17)   Schedule 5, item 6, page 24 (lines 3 to 9), omit paragraphs (a), (b) and (c), substitute:

(a)   wages and conditions of employment are protected by a system of enforceable awards established and maintained by the Commission; and

(b)   awards act as a safety net of fair minimum wages and conditions of employment; and

(c)   awards are simplified and suited to the efficient performance of work according to the needs of particular workplaces or enterprises; and