WorkChoices Bill passes through Lower House

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WorkChoices Bill passes through Lower House

The Federal Government's new IR laws passed through the House of Representatives when debate was guillotined after an hour this morning.

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The Federal Government's new IR laws passed through the House of Representatives when debate was guillotined after an hour this morning. 

The Government’s Leader in the House, Tony Abbott, cut off the second-reading debate at 10am, and then limited the Lower House committee process to an hour.

Opposition protests

The Opposition protested that more than 20 of its MPs had not been allowed to speak on the biggest changes to IR in 100 years, but Abbott told Parliament that 77 MPs had spoken over a total of 24 hours, and the debate had been ‘very extensive’.

The Bill will go before the Senate when it resumes on Monday, 28 November, giving the Government eight sitting days to get it through the Upper House.

Future progress of legislation

The abbreviated Senate inquiry will hold five days of hearings in Canberra next week, before reporting on Tuesday 22 November. The taking of submissions for the inquiry closed yesterday.

Parliament now rises for two weeks at the end of today.

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Federal IR changes 2005 

 

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