IR and Fair Work changes on back-burner after federal election

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IR and Fair Work changes on back-burner after federal election

With the prospect of a hung parliament and diverse affiliations in the Senate there seems little prospect of any major industrial relation reforms at the federal level in the near future.

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With the prospect of a hung parliament and diverse affiliations in the Senate there seems little prospect of any major industrial relation reforms at the federal level in the near future.

The building industry legislation designed to re-introduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission would be unlikely to  pass a joint sitting of parliament. See: ABCC defeat triggers double dissolution election

Fair Work changes that the government have noted – including a review of penalty rates will face an uncertain future. See: Penalty rates reform gets PM's qualified support

Business lobbying on the productivity front may also struggle to find an expression in legislation in a Senate that is likely to have many interests represented.

Business appeals for certainty

"Business is appealing to Australia’s political leaders to provide a roadmap as soon as possible through the uncertainty of an unclear election result to a functioning government,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

“The best outcome for business is a clear result and reassurance that the next parliament will be able to work productively.

“We need all parties who are likely to be represented in parliament to focus on the importance of improving Australians’ standard of living through a strong and growing economy."

"Business always hopes elections can provide political and policy certainty for the term ahead. This result is obviously very close and has yet to provide the country with any certainties," Australian Industry Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said.

"With counting to continue well into [this]week, business would hope a clear result and a functioning parliament emerges. Whoever wins has to deal with a significant array of challenges in difficult and testing times for the nation, individual businesses and many families. We hope the winner has the strength to face those challenges across taxation, workplace relations, skills and training, energy and climate policy, budget repair and employment creation.

"The economy continues to undergo a major transformation and we need to be able to meet those challenges. The Australian Industry Group looks forward to working with the next federal government when it is formed," Willox said.

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