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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 112


Senator Murray asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 4 August 2004:

(1) Since the promulgation of the Workplace Relations Act 1996, have any company injunctions been taken out under that Act or the Trade Practices Act 1974 against protests and boycott actions by consumers, environmentalists or human rights activist, whether individuals, groups or body corporates: if so, can details be provided.

(2) Have any complaints been received since the promulgation of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 and the new sections 45D, 45DA and 45DB of the Trade Practices Act 1974 contending that the new legislation has stifled environmental, human rights, spiritual, cultural or consumer protest in any way; if so, can details be provided.


Senator Abetz (Special Minister of State) —The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations does not collect data on company injunctions taken out under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 or the Trade Practices Act 1974.

(2) No complaints on these matters have been received by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.