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The House of Representatives Employment Committee will hold its final public hearing for the inquiry into strategies to increase participation in paid work in Australia in Canberra tomorrow.

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The House of Representatives Employment Committee will hold its final public hearing for the inquiry into strategies to increase participation in paid work in Australia in Canberra tomorrow.  The PM is also receiving advice on how to improve IR in Australia from the Queensland Premier.  

Final hearing of paid work committee tomorrow  

The House of Representatives Employment Committee will hold its final public hearing for the inquiry into strategies to increase participation in paid work in Australia in Canberra tomorrow. 

Representatives from the Departments of Employment and Workplace Relations; Education, Science and Training; and the Treasury will appear at this round table hearing.  

In 2004, several pilot programs were underway to assist mature age workers, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, and parents develop job skills and secure paid employment.  

Australian government departments have been called to appear before the committee to give evidence on the outcomes of these programs, other government initiatives and progress since July 2004.  

Also under discussion will be progress on the implementation of the Australian Technical Colleges. 

The Committee will meet on Thursday, 17 February from 11am to 1pm in Committee Room 1R1, Parliament House, Canberra. 

The Employment Committee has received more than 100 submissions and 20 public hearings have been conducted across Australia.   

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Adopt QLD IR laws to cut strikes, Beattie tells PM 

In a bold move, Qld Premier Peter Beattie has called on the Prime Minister to adopt Queensland’s industrial relations system at a Federal level in order to cut the number of working days lost due to strikes. 

‘If the Prime Minister is serious about reforming the Federal industrial relations system, it's obvious that he should introduce the Queensland system,’ Beattie said. 

‘The strike rate in Queensland is two and a half times lower than it is in Victoria where the Federal system operates. 

‘The quarterly strike rate in Queensland (the number of working days lost per thousand employees) was 5.1 for the September quarter 2004. ‘In Victoria it was 12.8. 

‘Our Industrial Relations system is designed to solve problems rather than provoke confrontation like the Federal system. 

‘Our IR system has helped us to become the engine room of Australia, with a trend unemployment rate of 4.7% compared with the national average of 5.1%.’ 

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