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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7360

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (18:13): No. If you look at how the bill is going to amend the greenfields provisions, the bill amends the act to extend the good faith bargaining provision rules to the negotiation of greenfields agreements. The intent and the result there is to improve the standards of bargaining conduct.

You would be aware—because I am sure you understand the provisions of the good faith bargaining regime within the act—that the good faith bargaining requirements will mean that employers and unions will be required to, for example, attend and participate in meetings with each other and consider and respond to proposals in a timely manner. So we have the extension of the good faith bargaining regime that is currently in the act to greenfields agreements under this proposal.