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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS

Senator Parry, at the request of Senator Abetz and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 337—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) and reported in the Australian Financial Review on 20 January 2009, regarding the Senate's 2008 amendments to the Safe Work Australia legislation; and

 (b) condemns the Deputy Prime Minister for seeking to circumvent the Senate on the issue of uniform occupational health and safety laws, rather than meet with non-government senators to discuss their concerns about the legislation.

Question put and passed.