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The Victorian Government is seriously considering ceding its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth, and has gone so far as to conduct preliminary investigations into the issue.

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The Victorian Government is seriously considering ceding its industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth, and has gone so far as to conduct preliminary investigations into the issue.

The Victorian Premier, Mr Jeff Kennett, initially floated the idea last month. Then in the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday 4 June 1996, the Victorian Minister for Industry, Mr Mark Birrell, stated during question time:

"The Premier has made clear publicly that the Victorian government is of the view to transfer its industrial relations jurisdiction to the federal sphere at some time in the future. The government believes there is an opportunity to pursue a single industrial relations system for Australia and the Premier has certainly made clear that is something the government wants to pursue.

"It is not dependent on changes to the federal industrial relations legislation, but obviously the focus is currently on that legislation and it is a legitimate focus. The government has made clear on a number of occasions that no final decision has been made on all this, but that some action will be taken in the next business year."

As stated, discussions are at a preliminary stage. Basically, the Victorian Government has floated the idea and is waiting to see whether there will be any adverse reactions.

The Victorian Government has already met with the Federal Industrial Relations Minister, Mr Peter Reith, and in the words of his spokesperson, the Minister is "very interested" in the proposal. In addition, public servants at both the State and the federal level have held preliminary talks on the issue.

The Victorian Government’s proposal was also raised at the meeting of Labour Ministers which was held one day before the last Victorian election. Apparently, the other States were "surprised" by the proposal. The Queensland and WA Ministers apparently rejected it outright, the NSW Industrial Relations Minister, Mr Jeff Shaw MLC, was also against the proposal on the basis of political differences between his Government and the federal Government, while the Tasmanian and SA Ministers were non-committal.

Ultimately, the Victorian Government sees the proposal has having marketing value. The idea is that they will be able to say to foreign investors that Victoria has the benefit of only one system of industrial relations and is therefore a simpler system within which to operate.

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