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WORKPLACE RELATIONS AMENDMENT (FAIR DISMISSAL) BILL 2002

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 McClelland, 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) confirms that the protection from being unfairly dismissed is a fundamental safety net issue for Australian workers and their families irrespective of the size of the business in which they are employed;

(2) notes that the Australian Labor Party, in Opposition and as a future Government, is committed to working with small business, employees and peak bodies to make unfair dismissal laws more effective by addressing procedural complexities and costs; and

(3) condemns the Government for:

 (a) promoting socially divisive policies for its political purposes;

(b) using the issue of unfair dismissal to deflect criticism of the fact that its taxation policies have tied up small business in an unprecedented level of complexity and red tape;

(c) proposing legislation that would actually expose small business to other areas of more complex and costly litigation;

(d) undermining the security that unfair dismissal laws have given Australian workers and their families;

(e) failing to assist small business to develop effective human resource strategies in terms of the selection, ongoing training, supervision and management of employees; and

(f) failing to heed calls from the small business community for a more constructive approach to the issue of unfair dismissal that is likely to result in uniform national standards underpinned by the concept of a `fair go all round' "—

Debate resumed.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Adams, in the Chair)—

AYES, 79

Mr AbbottMr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Scott
Mr AndersonMrs DraperJackie KellyMr Secker
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr DuttonDr KempMr Slipper
Mr AnthonyMrs ElsonMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Fran BaileyMr EntschMr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr BairdMr FarmerMr McArthur*Dr Southcott
Mr BaldwinMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Stone
Mr BarresiMrs GallusMr McGauranMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMs GambaroMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMrs GashMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HaaseDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HardgraveMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HartsuykerMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HawkerMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMr HockeyMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CharlesMrs HullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CioboMr HuntMr RandallMr Windsor
Mr CobbMr JohnsonMr RuddockMs Worth
Mr CostelloMr JullMr Schultz

NOES, 63

Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sawford
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMs HallDr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Quick*

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Adams, in the Chair)—

AYES, 81

Mr AbbottMr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Secker
Mr AndersonMrs DraperJackie KellyMr Slipper
Mr AndrenMr DuttonDr KempMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonMrs LeyMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMr EntschMr LindsayDr Southcott
Fran BaileyMr FarmerMr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMrs MayMr Tollner
Mr BartlettMrs GashMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CadmanMr HawkerMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CameronMr HockeyMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CausleyMrs HullMr PyneMr Windsor
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr Ruddock
Mr CobbMr JullMr Schultz
Mr CostelloMr KatterMr Scott

NOES, 63

Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr Ripoll
Mr BeazleyMs GeorgeMr McClellandMs Roxon
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Rudd
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sawford
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMs HallDr MartinMr Sidebottom
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EmersonMr KerrMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Quick*

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative—Bill read a second time.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr Abbott (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations), the Bill was read a third time.