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SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (WORK FOR THE DOLE) BILL 1997

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr P. J. Baldwin, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading the House:

(1)  is of the view that the Bill is unacceptable in its present form because it will:

 (a) displace existing workers;

 (b) lead to below award payments, particularly in the community services industry;

 (c) not guarantee participants accredited on or off the job training;

 (d) not provide appropriate case management and supervision to participants to assist them to make decisions about taking up any opportunities under the proposed arrangements;

(e) not provide appropriate legislative coverage and financial support for workers[quot ] compensation, superannuation, occupational health and safety and industrial relations protection;

 (f) not guarantee placements for the minimum required period of 6 months;

(g) not require organisations contracting to provide employment projects:

  (i) to state the proportion of people who will obtain permanent employment following the placement; and

  (ii) measure future contracts against performance in this respect; and

 (h) waste time and effort on further trials instead of replicating and building upon the successful aspects of real labour market and training programs under Working Nation such as LEAP and New Work Opportunities; and further

(2) also calls on the Government to apply the concept of reciprocal obligation to other public sector outlays, especially financial assistance to large private sector corporations"—


Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned (Mr O[quot ]Keefe), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.