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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7384

Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (21:07): But Minister, what I think everyone needs to understand is that the good faith bargaining provisions being brought into the process is one thing but to then remove international rights and international obligations in terms of ILO conventions in terms of bargaining is another thing. You talk about going through the process but my experience and I think the experience of many union officials is that we have gone through lengthy processes with employers, not just in the building and construction industry but I have been there as well, but you can go through lengthy negotiating processes, you can have some key issues outstanding and the employer then puts to the unions, 'I want a package; if you don't agree with everything, we don't agree with anything.' That is not an uncommon position in bargaining in this country. Is that good faith bargaining?