Libs may have own review of Fair Work Act

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Libs may have own review of Fair Work Act

The Federal Opposition may order another look at changes to the Fair Work Act 2009, if it wins the next election, but will ‘consider’ the result of the government’s current review.

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The Federal Opposition may order another look at changes to the Fair Work Act 2009, if it wins the next election, but will ‘consider’ the result of the government’s current review.

Opposition IR spokesman Eric Abetz told the Australian Industry Group’s annual PIR conference in Canberra that the terms of reference for the current reviews were ‘skewed’.

He said the government had ignored departmental warning to include productivity in the review.

WorkChoices ‘went too far’
 
Abetz conceded that WorkChoices ‘went too far and was wrong’, and the Labor Government needed to acknowledge the serious flaws in its Fair Work Act.

‘Labor cannot admit that any part of the Fair Work Act may be in error,’ he said.

‘Indeed [Workplace Relations Minister] Bill Shorten has refused to give a guarantee that the Government will act on any recommendations of the review.’

‘Despite the panel and skewed terms of reference we will seriously consider the recommendations’.

Productivity
 
‘We won’t be holding our breath and we are seriously considering a further review should we be given the opportunity of government after the next election.’

Abetz said productivity should’ve been included in Labor’s review of the Act and the government is looking ‘silly’ for not doing so.’
 
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