Stop re-fighting the last election and join the IR system: Gillard

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Stop re-fighting the last election and join the IR system: Gillard

IR Minister Julia Gillard has urged New South Wales and Western Australia to refer their IR powers to the Commonwealth, saying there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the creation of a national system.

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IR Minister Julia Gillard has urged New South Wales and Western Australia to refer their IR powers to the Commonwealth, saying there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the creation of a national system.
 
Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania have already agreed to join the national Fair Work system, and Victoria referred its powers in the mid-90s.
 
Speaking at the West Australian Newspaper’s Leadership Matters Forum in Perth Gillard said it was time to stop re-fighting the last election and act.
 
‘We simply have to stop arguing the toss and re-fighting the last election,’ she said.
 
‘The battle is over’
 
‘The battle is over. The new laws are in place. And now it is time for all sides to make them work for the benefit of themselves and the nation.'
 
‘All states should get on board. There is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the States and the Commonwealth to work together to secure the stable, national unitary workplace relations system that Australia needs.'
 
‘Or, conversely, a once-in-a-lifetime risk of letting that opportunity pass the nation by.’
 
Gillard also defended the tough coercive powers that will be retained in the replacement body for the ABCC in the FWA system.
 
‘It’s true the laws are strong — even with new safeguards in place,’ she said.
 
‘That’s because Justice Wilcox found they were needed at this time and particularly in WA and Victoria.'
 
Decent behaviour
 
‘We can’t let investment be imperilled by rogue behaviour. These laws are not pro-employer, or pro-union, but pro-jobs; pro-productivity; pro-respect for decent behaviour by all parties.'
 
‘To get the building and construction industry operating at peak performance we need to have a tough cop on the beat. So that’s what we’re going to have and I make no apologies for it.'
 
‘Our building sites work well in most states but they need to work well everywhere. These new laws will give it a clear opportunity to focus our compliance task in building and construction on those areas that need it the most where there are the toughest problems.’
 
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