Massive rewrite of WRA will be finished by October, says Andrews

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Massive rewrite of WRA will be finished by October, says Andrews

The Federal Government is rewriting the entire Workplace Relations Act under its Corporations Powers to bring in its new IR system, a job Industrial Relations Minister Kevin Andrews describes as a ‘massive exercise’.

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The Federal Government is rewriting the entire Workplace Relations Act under its Corporations Powers to bring in its new IR system, a job Industrial Relations Minister Kevin Andrews describes as a ‘massive exercise’. 

Yet the Government is still confident it will have the legislation ready for tabling in Parliament in October. 

‘We’re working on this quite assiduously, we are working through the remaining policy considerations over the next week or so, and we’ve already got people drafting the legislation,’ Andrews told a press conference in Melbourne yesterday.

‘It is a massive exercise, its one of the biggest drafting exercises that’s been undertaken at the Commonwealth level in Australia, but we’re working towards the deadline of having the legislation into parliament in October of this year,’ he said.   

Concerns expressed discounted

Asked if he was concerned about the support for the legislation from Senators Barnaby Joyce and Steve Fieldman - who have expressed concern over some ‘anti-family’ elements of the legislation – Andrews said there had been ‘unanimous endorsement for the policy in the Coalition party room’. 

‘It’s a policy of the Government, and this will be the policy that the Government takes to the Parliament,’ he said. 

‘I believe that people will see that this is in the best interests of Australia. 

‘I’ve been around Australia … I’ve just been to Queensland where I’ve spoken to probably thousands of business people over the last 24 hours about this, and there was overwhelming support from the business community there, like in every other state.’  

Andrews said when people are working under this legislation next year, ‘they’ll be asking themselves what all this fuss was about’. 

He again said that the legislation would ‘take account’ of meal breaks and paid public holidays, which Joyce and Fieldman have said are under threat, but declined to say how this would be done. 

Treasurer Peter Costello said this week that meal breaks and public holidays are already the subject of bargaining in agreements and AWAs.  

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