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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7364


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (19:31): Senator Cameron, that is the reason that there is the geographic consideration note that you referred to previously. As you have correctly identified, it is not national as such; you do need to take into account the geographic consideration. As someone who comes from Western Australia I think that is very relevant, obviously, to my state. In a contribution that you made to the debate, you actually referred to the hundreds and hundreds of agreements that are out there. That yet again confirms, and indicates to me, that the Fair Work Commission itself, by the very nature of what it does day in and day out, and what it has done for years and years and years, is well qualified to make determinations as to prevailing industry standards.