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Fair Work Bill 2008



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WENTWORTH

FAIR WORK BILL 2008

The Coalition accepts that the Rudd Government has a mandate for workplace relations change as proposed in their election policy last year.

The Coalition accepts WorkChoices is dead. The Australian people have spoken.

The Government’s changes to workplace relations come at a very difficult time for the Australian economy. We take the Government on trust that these changes have been carefully considered and will not cost jobs.

The Coalition acknowledges that industry stakeholders support key elements of the Bill.

The Coalition believes that within the Government’s new workplace relations framework, union accountability must be maintained and unlawful behaviour penalised.

The matter of individual statutory agreements was dealt with earlier this year in the Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008. The Coalition has been advised by industry that the Government’s changes in the Fair Work Bill to provide individual flexibility in Awards and Agreements are sufficient. On this basis, we

will not oppose these changes.

The Coalition will not oppose the Government’s Fair Work Bill 2008 in the House of Representatives but we reserve our right to propose amendments to improve the operation of the Bill following the Senate Committee process without seeking to frustrate the

Government’s election commitment to implement its ‘Forward with Fairness’ election policy.

25 November 2008