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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (13:00): Minister, it is the statement you made last night that I am seeking clarification on—not what you have just said. You said last night that one would anticipate that, based on past practice, the majority of agreements are going to be negotiated. You used the word 'majority'. You then said later:

… in the majority of cases the employer and the relevant union or unions will be able to reach an agreement.

Do you accept that, based on past practice, all greenfield agreements—not the majority but all of them—have been negotiated? It is a simple, factual position.