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WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT 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 McMullan, 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 deplores the Government[quot ]s attempt to give
the Employment Advocate more powers and to undermine the rights of employees under the existing Act, under the guise of so-called [quot ]technical amendments[quot ]"—

Debate resumed.

Amendment negatived.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Schedule 1, by leave, taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Schedule 2, by leave, taken as a whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Item 1, page 4 (lines 10 to 12), omit paragraph (aa), substitute:

  (aa) any person first employed less than 14 days before approval is given either has, or has ready access to, the agreement, in writing, at least 7 days before the approval is given, unless the Commission determines a lesser period.

Item 2, page 4, (lines 21 to 23), omit paragraph (b), substitute:

  (b) 7 days notice, in writing, of intention to make the agreement is given to every person first employed after the first notice is given under paragraph (a), unless the Commission determines a lesser period.

Item 3, page 4, (lines 31 to 33), omit paragraph (aa), substitute:

  (aa) any person first employed less than 14 days before approval is given either has, or has ready access to, the agreement, in writing, at least 7 days before the approval is given, unless the Commission determines a lesser period.

Debate continued.

Amendments negatived.

Schedule agreed to.

Schedule 3, by leave, taken as a whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Items 1 to 5, page 6 (lines 6 to 29), omit the items.

Item 7, page 7 (lines 6 to 12), omit the item.

Item 8, page 7 (lines 13 to 23), omit the item.

Item 14, page 8 (lines 4 to 12), omit the item.

Item 15, page 8 (lines 15 to 22), omit proposed section 170WHC, substitute:

 170WHA Industrial Registrar to publish AWA determinations

  The Industrial Registrar is obliged under section 143 to publish any determination of the Commission that approves or refuses to approve an AWA or a variation agreement, or that terminates an
AWA. When the Industrial Registrar publishes such a determination under section 143, he or she must ensure that the publication does not disclose the identity of either party to the AWA.

Debate continued.

Amendments negatived.

Schedule agreed to.

Schedule 4, by leave, taken as a whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Item 1, page 9 (lines 5 to 6), omit the item.

Item 2, page 9 (lines 7 to 22), omit the item.

Item 4, page 9 (line 25) to page 10 (line 10), omit the item.

Debate continued.

Amendments negatived.

Schedule agreed to.

Schedule 5, by leave, taken as a whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Item 1, page 11 (lines 5 to 11), omit the item.

Items 2 and 3, page 11 (lines 12 to 18), omit the items.

Item 6, page 12 (lines 5 to 12), omit the item.

Item 7, page 12 (lines 13 and 14), omit the item.

Item 8, page 12 (lines 15 to 21), omit the item.

Debate continued.

Amendments negatived.

Schedule agreed to.

Schedule 6, by leave, taken as a whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Items 1 and 2, page 13 (lines 5 to 31), omit the items.

Item 3, page 13 (line 32) to page 14 (line 10), omit the item.

Item 4, page 14 (lines 11 to 15), omit the item.

Item 5, page 14 (lines 16 to 19), omit the item.

Item 6, page 14 (line 20) to page 15 (line 16), omit the item.

Item 7, page 15 (line 17) to page 16 (line 2), omit the item.

Debate continued.

Amendments negatived.

Schedule agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as whole—

Mr McMullan, by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Schedule 7, item 4, page 17 (line 30) to page 18 (line 4), omit the item.


Schedule 9, item 1, page 23 (lines 5 and 6), omit the item.

Amendments negatived.

Remainder of Bill agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Mr Reith (Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business), by leave, the Bill was read a third time.