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 3 WORKPLACE RELATIONS AMENDMENT (COMPLIANCE WITH COURT AND TRIBUNAL ORDERS) BILL 2003

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 Emerson who moved, as an amendment—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the House declines to give the Bill a second reading and condemns the Government for:

(1) systematically intervening in workplaces against the interests of working Australians who choose to be represented by trade unions; and

(2) its double standards in attacking working Australians and their trade unions through selective changes to the legislative framework while refusing to take comparableaction against corporate misbehaviour including:

 (a) introducing new offences and penalties for trade union officials while failing to amend the Corporations Act to introduce comparable offences and penalties for highly paid executives and directors;

(b) failing to introduce legislative provisions to rein in obscene executive payouts; and

(c) failing to take action against the use of corporate insolvencies and `phoenix' companies to avoid paying employee entitlements and debts owed to small businesses".

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.