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WORKPLACE RELATIONS AMENDMENT (PROHIBITION OF COMPULSORY UNION FEES) 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—


Debate resumed by Mr McClelland who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"this House declines to give the Bill a second reading and:

(1) condemns the government for:

 (a) attempting to pre-empt a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia concerning the issue of whether bargaining fees `pertain to the relationship of employer and employee';

(b) introducing legislation which unreasonably restrains the ability of parties in the workplace to voluntarily enter into service agreements concerning industrial representation and advocacy; and

(c) introducing legislation which is primarily designed to discourage workplace organisation rather than to facilitate agreement-making; and

(2) confirms that it is appropriate that the House await the decision of the Federal Court prior to legislating in this area".

Debate continued.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.