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New shadow ministers and FWA executive director

WA Liberal Michael Keenan is the new shadow Minister for Workplace Relations in new Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s front bench, while his predecessor Julie Bishop has been moved to the shadow Treasurer position.

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WA Liberal Michael Keenan is the new shadow Minister for Workplace Relations in new Leader Malcolm Turnbull’s front bench, while his predecessor Julie Bishop has been moved to the shadow Treasurer position. Meanwhile, Marion van Rooden has been appointed as the executive director of the Fair Work Australia Establishment Taskforce.

Keenan is the Member for Stirling and formerly was shadow Assistant Treasurer and shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance.

He was deputy director of the WA Liberal Party from 200001and is a member of the Coalition Foreign Policy and Defence Committee.

From 200103 Keenan was Ministerial adviser to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Vanstone.

Before entering Parliament in 2004 he was a property consultant.

Chance to drop WorkChoices, says ACTU

The appointment of Michael Keenan to the Shadow Employment and Workplace Relations ministry gives the Coalition the chance to rethink its support of WorkChoices and support a fairer IR system, the ACTU said.

ACTU president Sharan Burrow said the appointment of Keenan gives the Coalition the chance to drop its support for WorkChoices and adopt a new industrial relations policy that is fairer for Australian workers.

‘With a new Shadow Ministry, the Federal Coalition now has the opportunity to move on from the Howard-Costello era,’ she said.

Iceberg that sunk the Libs

‘WorkChoices was the iceberg that sunk the Liberal and National Parties at the last election.'

‘Under its new leadership the Coalition should respect the vote of the Australian people and dump WorkChoices.'

‘Voters will be eager to see where Keenan and the new front bench stand on this crucial issue.'

‘The Coalition will soon have a chance to show whether it has changed its tune on industrial relations when the Rudd Government's new IR laws are tabled in Parliament.

FWA taskforce head appointed

Meanwhile, Marion van Rooden has been appointed as the executive director of the Fair Work Australia Establishment Taskforce.

Fair Work Australia will be fully operational by 1 January 2010 and will replace the following Australian Government agencies:

  • Australian Industrial Relations Commission

  • Australian Industrial Registry

  • Australian Fair Pay Commission

  • Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat

  • Workplace Authority

  • Workplace Ombudsman

  • Australian Building and Construction Commission (from 1 February 2010).

IR Minister Julia Gillard said van Rooden will work closely with Justice Giudice and the heads of agencies to ensure a smooth transition to Fair Work Australia.

Her previous role was deputy secretary of Corporate Services and Development in the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

Experience

Gillard said van Rooden has more than 20 years experience in the public sector, including senior executive experience in the delivery of corporate services.

She has also worked for 11 years in industrial relations in state jurisdictions, holding senior policy positions in both Queensland and Victoria.

Van Rooden will commence as executive director in mid-October 2008. Her appointment is for 12 months.


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