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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—

Debate resumed.

Mr Bevis moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"the House:

(1) condemns the Government for introducing a bill which:

 (a) further entrenches unfairness and bias in the existing industrial relations system;

(b) is particularly biased in its application to unions only while allowing employers including the Commonwealth Government to foster and use pattern bargaining;

(c) directs the Australian Industrial Commission to have particular regard to the views of an employer when determining what constitutes pattern bargaining;

(d) reduces the opportunity for Australian workers to protect and enhance their wages and conditions of employment;

(e) further restricts the independence of the Commission;

(f) emphasises the punishment and prevention of industrial action rather than its resolution;

(g) fails to ensure that Australia's labour standards meet our international obligations;

(h) has been introduced without providing the Parliament or the public with a proper period for consideration and consultation;

(i) reveals the Government's partiality in failing to consult any further than employer groups on the bill; and

(2) calls on the Government to introduce a new bill which:

 (a) delivers fair and equitable outcomes for Australian workers; and

(b) provides for an independent commission with the appropriate power to conciliate and arbitrate fairly and settle disputes".

Debate continued.

Mr McArthur addressing the House—