Abbott will seek mandate for IR changes

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Abbott will seek mandate for IR changes

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has committed to seeking a mandate at the next election for any IR changes a Liberal Government would want to make in its second term.

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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has committed to seeking a mandate at the next election for any IR changes a Liberal Government would want to make in its second term.
 
Abbott emphasised on the 7.30 Report last night (Monday) that employers had been telling him that while there were elements of the Fair Work Act they did not like they didn’t want any further changes.
 
Abbott has said he would not make changes to the FWA legislation in a first term, but has indicated that there could be changes to the regulations.
 
Significant changes
 
Labor has said that significant changes to unfair dismissal laws and workers’ wages and condition can be made by regulation.
 
During last night’s interview the following exchange occurred between Abbott and presenter Kerry O’Brien:
O’Brien: ‘And when I heard your early interviews on this issue and you were essentially saying never ever. WorkChoices never ever. I was immediately taken back to John Howard saying in 1998 GST, or 1996 GST never ever.’
 
Abbott: ‘And there wasn’t a GST in the first term of the Howard Government.’
 
O’Brien: ‘But there was in the second.’
 
Abbott: ‘And he went to the people and sought a mandate for it. I have no plans to do that, but if there is to be any change far off into the future, obviously there should be a mandate for it.’
Wrong on super’ says Crean
 
IR Minister Simon Crean has also attacked the Opposition for issuing misleading information about the employer superannuation guarantee.
 
He said Coalition Finance Spokesman Andrew Robb said yesterday that the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (reg 3.46) already ensures that employees receive information on their payslips about superannuation actually paid into their accounts.
 
‘Robb has got it wrong,’ Crean said.
 
‘Regulation 3.46 of the Fair Work Act does not require employers to disclose on payslips the actual amount of superannuation they have paid.’
 
‘Instead, Regulation 3.46 enables employers to disclose the amount of superannuation they are liable to pay. Employees want to have comfort that they have been paid their superannuation entitlements rather than being advised of the amount they should be paid.’
 
Crean said this gap in the disclosure obligations had been picked up by the Cooper Review, which had recommended reform on this point.
 
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