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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister

The Hon.Craig Emerson

Minister for Small Business

20 February, 2008

Joint Media Release

Business Advisory Group and Small Business Working Group Announced

Delivering on another pre-election commitment, the Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations, Julia

Gillard and the Minister for Small Business, Craig Emerson today announced the creation of a Business

Advisory Group and a Small Business Working Group.

The Business Advisory Group and the Small Business Working Group will work with the Government on the

drafting of the substantive workplace relations legislation to be introduced later this year.

The Government wants to work consultatively and collaboratively on the substantive legislation which will

deliver Labor's Forward with Fairness Policy.

The Business Advisory Group will be chaired by Mr John Denton, the CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a

major law firm with expertise in industrial relations. Mr Denton has a strong personal involvement with the

Business Council of Australia.

Ms Heather Ridout of the Australian Industry Group will be a key member of the Group and will play an

important role linking the Business Advisory Group to the statutory body the National Workplace Relations

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Consultative Council.

The Business Advisory Group will include representatives of the construction, mining, transport, hospitality,

retail, banking, labour hire and the media industry. (Complete list attached)

A Small Business Working Group will also be created to advise specifically on Labor's new unfair dismissal

system, Fair Dismissal Code and other matters of particular concern to small business.

The Small Business Working Group will be chaired by the Minister for Small Business and will include peak

small business organisations. (Complete list attached)

In addition, as part of our formal consultations, Labor will consult the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Labor will also consult the Australian Council of Social Services, particularly on the question of the

circumstances of low wage workers.

The Rudd Labor Government will continue to have the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council

(NWRCC) meet. This is a statutory body comprising representatives of ACCI, the AI Group, the ACTU,

AMMA, the BCA, the MBA and NFF.

The subset group the Committee on Industrial Legislation (COIL) will also continue to meet and provide

technical advice. Both bodies played an invaluable consultative role in the creation of the Transition Bill.

Business Advisory Group

Mr John Denton (Chair) Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Ms Heather Ridout Australian Industry Group

Dr Ron Silberberg Housing Industry Association

Mr Bill Healey Australian Hotels Association Ms Margy Osmond Australian National Retailers Association

Ms Julie Mills Recruitment and Consulting Services Association

To be determined Rio Tinto Australia

Mr Ron Finemore Ron Finemore Transport

Mr Paul Fegan St George Bank

Mr John Hartigan News Limited

Mr Greg Paramour Mirvac

Small Business Working Group

Mr Gary Black National Retailers' Association

Mr John Hart Restaurant and Catering Australia

Mr Simon Ramsay Victorian Farmers Federation

Mr Greg Holmes Hotel, Motel and Accommodation Association

Mr Bryan Stevens Real Estate Institute of Australia

Mr Pearce Makin Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce

Mr Kieran Schneemann Pharmacy Guild

Mr Peter Bush McDonalds

Mr Andrew Arkell Institute of Chartered Accountants

Mr Tony Steven Council of Small Business of Australia

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Media Contact:

Kimberley Gardiner (Gillard) 0434 159 842

Paul Scully (Emerson)

0419 432 487

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