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Federal Parliament’s 2004 winter session is over but, while some workplace laws made it through both Houses, a number of proposed laws remain undecided.

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Federal Parliament’s 2004 winter session is over but, while some workplace laws made it through both Houses, a number of proposed laws remain undecided.

Workplace Relations Codifying Contempt Bill 2003

When the Codifying Contempt Bill passed the Senate last weekend, the Democrats’ secret ballot amendment was missing - it has been referred to a Senate Committee. The provision requires unions to hold secret ballots when electing representatives to political party decision-making bodies. (see previous story 1and story 2).

Other Bills
The Senate rejected the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Teaching Profession) Bill 2004 (see previous story).

Senate committee reports were tabled on the Workplace Relations Better Bargaining, Award Simplification, Choice of award Coverage and Simplifying Agreement Making Bills, but they are yet to be debated (see previous story).

The contentious Workplace Relations Protecting Small Business Employment Bill 2004 (see previous story) and the Workplace Relations Fair Dismissal Bill 2004 (see previous story) remain at the debate stage.

Also remaining in Parliament:

  • Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003 (see previous story)

  • Disability Discrimination Amendment Bill 2003

 

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  • Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Employee Involvement and Compliance) bill 2002 (see previous story)

     

     

  • Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Promoting Safer

  • Workplaces) bill 2004 (see previous story registered/alert/2004/040401128.htm);

     

  • Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the low paid) Bill 2003;

  • Same Sex Relationships (Ensuring Equality) Bill 2004 (see previous story);

     

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  • Private Senators’ bills – the Sexuality and Gender Identity discrimination bill 2003 (See previous story), the Sexuality Anti-Vilification Bill 2003 (see previous story)  and the Workplace Relations Amendment (Paid Maternity Leave) Bill 2002. [end bullet]

     

       

       

    This list is not exhaustive. For more detail on these and other bills go to:theAustralian Parliament House website.

     

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