Bishop calls for analysis of Labor’s IR policy

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Bishop calls for analysis of Labor’s IR policy

The Federal Opposition has attacked IR Minister Julia Gillard for not asking her Department and Treasury to analyse the forthcoming Fair Work Australia workplace relations system.

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The Federal Opposition has attacked IR Minister Julia Gillard for not asking her Department and Treasury to analyse the forthcoming Fair Work Australia workplace relations system.

Opposition shadow spokeswoman on IR, Julie Bishop, said Gillard was ‘deliberately avoid[ing] advice that will contradict her’.

Bishop said Gillard made it clear in an ABC interview that she had received ‘no advice from the public service about the inflationary or other economic effects of the policy which she will be presenting in parliament’.

‘Treasury analysis required’

Although WorkChoices was not the subject of analysis by Treasury, despite a number of requests from the ALP, Bishop maintains that the new legislation’s impact requires detailed assessment.

‘It is beyond belief that the Minister has not requested a detailed, rigorous analysis of Labor’s workplace relations policy from her department, assisted by Treasury,’ Bishop said.

‘Gillard has ensured that her department does not even consider a policy which will be one of the most important changes introduced by this Government.'

Impact awaited

‘Most of Labor’s changes to workplace relations are yet to be implemented and the impacts yet to be felt.'

‘It is not too late for the Minister to seek serious analysis of Labor’s workplace relations rollback before she reverses a major economic reform which delivered benefits such as low inflation and the lowest unemployment in more than 30 years.’

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