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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) (21:11): I am not sure whether I understand you correctly. You have gone into a negotiation. You have decided that you will set the clock at six months. At the end of the six months you have agreed certain things but you have been unable to reach agreement on other things. You go to the Fair Work Commission and you submit the agreement, and we have agreed the agreement is an agreement the union has already been given a reasonable opportunity to sign, so that agreement is put to the Fair Work Commission for approval. The parties obviously can continue to bargain until the agreement is made but then the Fair Work Commission, as I have tried to explain to you, has approval criteria by which it will then look at the agreement and determine whether or not it should or should not approve the agreement. It is quite a simple process.