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Legislation lingers in Federal Parliament as 2003 nears end

A raft of discrimination and workplace relations Bills remained at various stages of debate in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as the 2003 Federal Parliament came to a close last week. 

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A raft of discrimination and workplace relations Bills remained at various stages of debate in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as the 2003 Federal Parliament came to a close last week. 

The Age Discrimination Bill

A report was tabled in Parliament in September 2003(see previous story).

The Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation 2003

A report was tabled in Parliament in May 2003 (see previous story).

The Disability Discrimination Amendment Bill 2003

The Bill, concerning drug addiction in the workplace and other settings, was introduced into the House of Representatives and referred to a Senate Committee Inquiry. The Committee is due to report in March 2003 (see previous story).

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill 2003, and the Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2003

The Bills are before a Senate Committee Inquiry. The reporting date of the Committee was extended to May 2004 (see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002 [No 2]

The Bill was reintroduced into the House of Representatives in November 2003.

The Bill widens the operation of Federal unfair dismissal laws. It is identical to the Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002 that passed the House of Representative on June 16, 2003. The first Bill was rejected by the Senate on August 11 (see the end of previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Better Bargaining) Bill 2003

The Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives in November 2003.

The Bill seeks to reverse the impact of a number of recent industrial cases that allowed unions to pursue certain claims outside the scope of the agreement issues (see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Transmission of Business) Bill 2002

Senate amendments to the Bill were rejected by the House of Representatives(see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Improved Remedies for Unprotected Action) Bill 2002

A report on the Bill was tabled in October 2003 (see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003

A report on the Bill was tabled in October 2003 (see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Compliance with Court and Tribunal Orders) Bill 2003

A report on the Bill was tabled in October 2003 (see previous story).

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003

A report on the Bill was tabled June 2003.

Other Bills

  • The Workplace Relations Amendment (Choice in Award Coverage) Bill 2002.
  • The Workplace Relations Amendment (Award Simplification) Bill 2002.
  • The Workplace Relations Amendment (Simplifying Agreement-making) Bill 2002.

For more info on the status of the Bills go to the Parliament of Australia website.

 

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