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Monday, 12 October 2015
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Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (20:04): Senator Cameron, I note that you are quoting from page 82 point 4.6.6 of Towards more productive and equitable workplaces: an evaluation of the Fair Work legislation. I note that the final paragraph does actually say:

The Panel is concerned, however, that the existing provisions confer on a union (or unions) with coverage of the majority of prospective workers a significant capacity to frustrate the making of an appropriate greenfields agreement at all or at least in a timely way. While the Panel was not presented with evidence that this power is abused, it concluded that the potential risk to projects of national significance should be mitigated.