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WORKPLACE RELATIONS AMENDMENT (GENUINE BARGAINING) 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:

"whilst not denying the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for:

(1) unreasonably emasculating the powers of the AIRC to resolve industrial disputes in the interests of the parties;

(2) interfering with the AIRC's discretion to deal with industrial disputes in the most appropriate way; and

(3) failing to put forward constructive proposals to enable the Commission to direct parties to bargain in good faith".

Debate continued.

Mr B. P. J. O'Connor addressing the House—