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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7373

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (20:14): The Fair Work Commission, as you know, can reject an application to approve one of these greenfields agreements if it is satisfied that the agreement itself does not meet some or all of the approval requirements which we have been through at length tonight. If the Fair Work Commission does not approve the greenfields agreement, the employer is able to recommence bargaining for a new proposed greenfields agreement. Unlike the current system, what we are introducing is that good faith bargaining rules would apply and the employer would retain the option of issuing the notice to commence the six-month period. So, again, you would bring in the good faith bargaining provisions to this next round of negotiations in the event that the commission said, 'We will not approve the agreement.'