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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) (20:16): Senator Cameron, the answer to your final question is no and, again, I go back to the Qantas arbitration that took 449 days. For someone who claims to be familiar with the workings of the body that is currently known as the Fair Work Commission and its previous iterations, I hope you really do appreciate—because, if not, we have a real problem—that the appeals process that you have gone through is exactly what can happen now. It can happen under your system and it can happen under our system. What we are implementing is a six-month relief valve. Everything you have said that is unique to this situation—I think you actually do know, Senator Cameron, because you have been around this area for a very long time. There is no different to the process that happens now and there is no difference to the process that you are proposing.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Edwards ): The question is that the amendment be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN: Item (3) on sheet 7771 is identical to the amendment we have just done so we will move on and go to (4) and (5) on sheet 7771.