'If WorkChoices is so good, then prove it', says Labor

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'If WorkChoices is so good, then prove it', says Labor

Labor has called on the Howard Government to release data on the impact of its industrial relations changes after a series of assertions in Parliament that they had been good for the economy and workers.

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Labor has called on the Howard Government to release data on the impact of its industrial relations changes after a series of assertions in Parliament that they had been good for the economy and workers.

Despite all its claims regarding the need for changes to the country's IR system, the Government has never released any economic modelling on the expected economic impact of its WorkChoices legislation.

Labor's shadow IR Minister, Julia Gillard, claimed at the weekend the Government has economic modelling that predicts the impact of their industrial relations reforms, but they refuse to release it.

She also said Howard Government has data which measures the impact and form of Australian Workplace Agreements, but they refuse to release that too.

Assertions, not facts

'Every day of Parliament last week, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations made assertions without giving us the facts,' Gillard said.

She said:

  • On Monday, [Workplace Relations Minister Joe] Hockey asserted that Work Choices has had the greatest (positive) impact on those most vulnerable.
  • On Tuesday, Howard claimed Work Choices would lay the foundation for a further period of economic growth and expansion.
  • On Wednesday, Hockey again asserted that women in the workforce on AWAs have more choice.
  • On Thursday, Hockey asserted that Work Choices has delivered a stronger economy.

ABS data tells different story

'ABS data suggests that the introduction of AWAs has not resulted in productivity gains, even in mining, and in fact has declined since the introduction of WorkChoices,' Gillard said.

'ABS data suggests that WorkChoices has not resulted in improved employment growth, and in fact has declined since the introduction of WorkChoices.

'ABS data suggests that women are not better off on AWAs.

'There is nothing to suggest that one year of WorkChoices has produced a stronger economy.'

Gillard called on the Howard Government to release the economic modelling of the impact of WorkChoices, release the OEA data on AWAs and 'cut the rhetoric once and for all'.

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