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Reith gags 23 MPs on unfair dismissal laws

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Media Release Hon Arch Bevis MP Federal Member for Brisbane Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations -

Wednesday 2 December 1998

Reith Gags 23 MPs on Unfair Dismissal Laws The Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Arch Bevis, today attacked the Government’s moves late last night to prevent debate on the unfair dismissal

Bill in the Parliament.

“23 MPs were gagged by the Workplace Relations Minister, Mr Reith, last ni|,ht after only one hour of debate on this Bill.

“The importance of this Bill is reflected in the large number of members listed to speak. On one hand Mr Reith continues to talk about how vital this Bill is for jobs and business, but then behaves as if it is not even worth time in the Parliament. This is another example of Reith’s tactics of saying one thing but

doing the opposite. That tactic didn’t work for Patricks and the MUA, and it won’t work with the Parliament either.

“This is controversial legislation. It will disadvantage millions of workers in small business and those with less than six months' continuous service with an employer. All of these workers will lose the fundamental protection against unfair dismissal that they currently have, yet Reith won’t allow the Parliament to even debate the issue.

“Reith’s behaviour in the Parliament last night reflects his heavy handed approach to workers' rights. It is little wonder that the person who promotes this approach now seeks to impose these same harsh and unreasonable standards on the conduct of the House," Mr Bevis said.

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