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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) (20:47): Senator Cameron, again, you can be as cute as you want in asking the question to try to make the political point that I do not agree with. But if I could refer you to page 169 of your very own report of the panel that was appointed by the now Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten. At paragraph 3, it states:

Many employers argued that the provisions enabling greenfields agreements under the FW Act are not working efficiently. The MBA, for example, submits that unions are using their position of power to seek leverage on matters not related to development of the agreement, and that start-up agreements on major projects are non-existent without union consent. VECCI submits that unions ‘hijack’ the agreement making process. The Minerals Council of Australia submits that negotiations with unions are lengthy, tortuous and onerous. Business SA submits that unions make inflated claims in greenfields negotiations. The Institute of Public Affairs submits that requiring negotiations with unions is inconsistent with other agreements under the FW Act, and jeopardises projects.

There is the evidence, at page 169, of your own review.