Qld National MPs vote against Howard’s IR laws

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Qld National MPs vote against Howard’s IR laws

National Party members of Queensland’s Parliament have voted with the Labor Government to call on the State’s Senators to oppose the Federal Coalition’s IR legislation.

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National Party members of Queensland’s Parliament have voted with the Labor Government to call on the State’s Senators to oppose the Federal Coalition’s IR legislation. 

The vote increases the pressure on National Party Senator Barnaby Joyce to vote against the Bill in Federal Parliament next week. Senator Joyce has already said he will be seeking advice on the issue from the State National Party organisation. 

Qld Government motion

In an obvious attempt to split the Liberal and National parties in the State Parliament, Labor Premier Peter Beattie moved that: ‘This House calls on all Queensland senators to reject the Commonwealth proposed industrial relations legislation when it comes before the Senate next week to protect the living standards of Queenslanders and their families.’

The motion was carried 79 votes (comprising the Labor Party, Independents and the National Party MPs) to seven (the Liberal Party MPs). 

Federal IR Minister confident

Meanwhile Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews remains publicly confident the legislation will pass. 

Asked at a press conference how concerned he was at the prospect of potential delays Andrews said the Government was confident that the legislation will be dealt with by the Parliament ‘in the next two sitting weeks’. 

‘We said we would like to see this through before Christmas and we’re confident that we’re on track to do that,’ he said.

Questioned on whether he suspected Barnaby Joyce will ‘cave in as he has done in the past and he’s just basically full of hot air at the moment?’, Andrews said: ‘I listen to all my colleagues about these issues.’

‘I’ve been saying for some time now that the Government would look at any sensible amendments, any amendments that deal with matters that might be raised by way of unintended consequences, any matters that involve some technical changes to ensure that the intention of the legislation is clear in the Bill,’ he said.

‘That’s why we had a Senate committee, they’ve made recommendations, and that’s why we’re looking at those recommendations.’

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