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Monday, 4 November 1996
Page: 5030

Senator SHERRY (Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate)(6.23 p.m.) —I move:

(18)   Schedule 5, item 6, page 23 (line 27) to page 24 (line 14), omit the item, substitute:

6 Section 88A

Repeal the section, substitute:

88A Objects of Part

The objects of this Part are to ensure that:

(a)   minimum wages and conditions of employment are protected and maintained at relevant and fair levels by a system of enforceable awards; and

(b)   awards provide relevant, secure and consistent wages and conditions of employment; and

(c)   awards are suited to the efficient performance of work according to the needs of particular workplaces or enterprises while the interests of employees are properly taken into account; and

(d)   the Commission's functions and powers in relation to making and varying awards are performed and exercised in a way that encourages:

   (i)   the making of agreements between employers and employees at the workplace or enterprise level; and

   (ii)   the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes.

We have already discussed the matter, so I will not add anything further.

   Question put:    That the amendment (Senator Sherry's ) be agreed to.