Workplace relations bill update

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Workplace relations bill update

As evidenced by the following comment by the federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Peter Reith, it is very difficult to find out exactly where the negotiations between the Government and the Democrats are presently at:

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As evidenced by the following comment by the federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Peter Reith, it is very difficult to find out exactly where the negotiations between the Government and the Democrats are presently at:

"Look, we have not at any stage been providing a running commentary on a clause by clause, dot by dot, t by t description, nor have we been providing a detailed picture, including the dots and the t’s. We’ve just been going through a sensible process to discuss, to explain, to hear Democrat concerns, to let them amplify the concerns that they’ve put on the public record."

Mr Reith, in a door stop interview in Canberra on Monday, revealed however the extent of the Government’s discussions with the Democrats: "Look we’ve had 50 hours or more of discussions ...".

Mr Reith acknowledged that there would be some amendments to the Bill: "It’d be surprising if there weren’t some changes, wouldn’t it? So as to the details of those changes, you will have to await the consideration in the Committee."

But on a more positive side, Mr Reith flagged the possibility that the Bill will be passed by Christmas and commence early next year:

"I was very pleased that Senator Kernot’s on the public record today saying that she believes the Bill will be through by Christmas. That has always been my understanding with her about the carriage of the legislation. I have no reason to doubt whatsoever that the legislation will be carried before Christmas and that the new system will start next year which is exactly what we said."

 
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