New IR legislation in Sept/Oct, says Andrews

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New IR legislation in Sept/Oct, says Andrews

The Federal Government expects to introduce its new workplace relations legislation into Parliament in September/October this year.

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The Federal Government expects to introduce its new workplace relations legislation into Parliament in September/October this year.

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews told Channel 10’s Meet the Press program yesterday the government hoped to bring the Bill into the House of Representatives in spring this year.

‘We’ll do it as early as we can, but obviously it’s a major drafting exercise and we want to get it right,’ Andrews said.

In a wide-ranging interview on his portfolio, Andrews rejected criticism of the forthcoming legislation from Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney and from WA Opposition Leader Matt Birney.

Pell said on Saturday that: ‘We’ve had a long period of prosperity and I think that means the necessity for radical change needs to be established’.

Andrews rejects 'radical' change

Andrews responded by saying what the government planned was not radical change and that to ensure Australians’ standard of living ‘we have to make some responsible and careful changes which we are proposing in this package’.

He also rejected Birney’s position that the Commonwealth should leave the states' IR systems intact.

‘Well, the greatest support, overwhelming support for these changes, comes from the business community in Western Australia, particularly the mining and resources sector which brings so much wealth to this country,’ Andrews said.

‘The reality is that business wants these changes. Birney is unable to deliver them himself in Western Australia because of the political situation there.’

Andrews also ducked a question as to whether he was positioning himself for a run as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, should that position fall vacant.

‘I’m a loyal servant of the Liberal Party,’ he said.

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