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DEMOCRATS MEDIA 05/270 MONDAY 23 MAY 2005 NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT PUSH FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REFORM SENATOR ANDREW MURRAY

AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS WORKPLACE RELATIONS SPOKESPERSON

There is no evidence to support the Howard Government's aggressive push for major industrial relations reform, according to the Australian Democrats.

Democrats' Workplace Relations spokesperson, Senator Andrew Murray today stated that the case has not been made to introduce far-reaching industrial relations reform when the Australian economy is performing well. It is also irresponsible if it risks more than it gains.

"In the last 12 years we have seen significant increases in labour productivity, low unemployment, falls in industrial disputes, with only comparatively modest wage growth. Our industrial relations system has been making a very positive contribution to our economic good times," Senator Murray said.

"Basing aggressive reform on ideology and not evidence is bad government. The only guaranteed outcome is that workers will suffer."

The Democrats believe the existing federal industrial relations system provides a good balance between employers and employees.

"Common sense will tell you that moving to a unitary system underpinned by the current federal system will result in simplicity, efficiency and improvements, including in right of entry and unfair dismissal law," Senator Murray said.

"A sensible and fair approach would be to monitor how the unitary system reforms impact on productivity and efficiency before embarking on more controversial ideological reforms.

"We have supported sensible government reforms in the past but importantly stopped reforms that impede the rights of employees and unions.

"The Democrats support a steady, moderate improvement process. We believe that some areas can and should be tweaked but apart from a unitary system, further radical reform is unnecessary," Senator Murray concluded.

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