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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7382


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (20:59): In terms of the agreement that must be given to the union to sign, again, as I have stated on a number of occasions tonight in response to the question which you continue to ask me, the union must be given the reasonable opportunity to sign the agreement that is put to the Fair Work Commission for approval. The union must have seen the agreement. I think that we discussed it previously as well, so you would be aware that the commission is able to upload proposed agreements to its website. In the circumstances that you are referring to—whereby an agreement that the union has not had an opportunity to provide consideration to is put by the employer to the Fair Work Commission as the agreement which they are seeking to have agreed by the commission—I have no doubt that there will be people sitting out there looking at those agreements, looking at what has gone up, and making an application to the Fair Work Commission. So again: the union must have been given reasonable opportunity to sign the agreement that is put to the Fair Work Commission for approval.