No 'third wave' of IR law changes, pledges Opposition

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No 'third wave' of IR law changes, pledges Opposition

The Opposition spokesman on IR has indicated that the next Liberal Government will not impose a third wave of new workplace laws on the nation.

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The Opposition spokesman on IR has indicated that the next Liberal Government will not impose a third wave of new workplace laws on the nation.
 
Michael Keenan told the Mines and Metals Association conference in Adelaide this week that the Opposition's primary focus will be on job creation.
 
Reform fatigue
 
'There are strong arguments that after complete rewrites of the workplace relations architecture in the final term of the Howard Government and now by the Rudd Government that many businesses and workers have reform fatigue and might not welcome another new system,' Keenan said.
 
'But just as we made the final Fair Work Bill better than it was, there are opportunities for the Coalition to improve the new system and to address the worst job destroying aspects of it without having to completely re-engineer everything.'
 
Watching how the new system works
 
'We will be watching closely how the new system works in practice as we frame our policy and we will embrace anything that is pro-employment and pro-growth.'
 
'We will look to change things that stand in the way of any Australian being able to fulfil their full potential with a job.'
 
'Unlike Labor, we will not be the slaves of any particular ideology and we will look for examples of policies that actually work.'
 
'Our policy will be detailed and it will explicitly outline any changes that we propose to make.'
 
'WorkChoices is dead'
 
Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull made it clear after he took the leadership late last year that 'WorkChoices is dead' after it was instrumental in the defeat of the Howard Government.
 
He has since been under pressure from hardliners in the Party to keep elements of it, particularly individual contracts, but has largely resisted this.
 
Regardless of what the Opposition does with its IR policies, Labor will claim during the next election campaign that a Liberal Government would reintroduce WorkChoices.
 
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