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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7415


Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (13:11): Unfortunately, Senator Rice, that comment shows a complete lack of understanding of how business works. In any event, the mere fact is that we are bringing in the good-faith bargaining provisions. I can only say that so many times. If you go to that section of the act, and it is quite a lengthy section of the act, you can read what good-faith bargaining is—maybe you have not had an opportunity to read that—and that will outline for you step by step exactly what the employer and the relevant union or unions are required to do by way of good-faith bargaining. In the event that they do not bargain in good faith, one of the parties can go to the Fair Work Commission and they are able to seek what is known as a bargaining order from the commission.