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 21 WORKPLACE RELATIONS AMENDMENT (TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT) BILL 2002 [NO. 2]

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) seeking to weaken and remove, wherever possible, protection for working Australians against unfair dismissal;

(2) taking a confrontationist approach to workplace relations, aimed at provoking rather than averting industrial disputes; and

(3) tearing away at the safety net that has been erected over a century to protect vulnerable working Australians".

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Ruddock—Attorney-General), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.