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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7409


Senator DAY (South Australia) (12:40): by leave—I move amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 7577:

(1) Schedule 1, item 33, page 14 (lines 23 and 24), omit “the prevailing pay and conditions within the relevant industry for equivalent work”, substitute “the pay and conditions for work performed in similar circumstances, but takes into account the particular circumstances and needs of the employees and the employers who will be covered by the agreement and the enterprise to which the agreement relates”.

(2) Schedule 1, item 33, page 14 (lines 25 to 27), omit the note.

I am moving to replace the words 'consistent with the prevailing pay and conditions within the relevant industry' with 'for work performed in similar circumstances, but takes into account the particular circumstances and needs of the employees and the employers' and the enterprise. My amendments allow enterprise agreements to take into account local conditions, local labour force conditions and local economic conditions—in other words a new site, a new EBA. I commend the amendments.