Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Private Members’ Business: Workplace Relations
I seek leave to move private members’ business notice No. 3, standing in my name.
Leave not granted.
That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent private Members’ business Notice No. 3 standing in the name of the Honourable Member for Perth being called on and debated forthwith so that Members of the House can:
- respond to the widespread community concern about the Government’s industrial relations changes by debating and voting to disallow regulations to the legislation;
- record the House’s contempt for the Government’s extreme changes, particularly the removal of unfair dismissal rights which sees Australian employees at risk of being sacked, sacked unfairly for no reason or any reason;
- record the House’s contempt for the Government’s attack on the wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian employees without benefit to Australia’s economic future; and
- show by tearing up the regulations the House’s intention to tear up the Government’s unfair, unAustralian legislation.
We will tear up this legislation and we will tear up these regulations. You will sack people unfairly for no reason or any reason.
I second the motion. The government does not want this debate because it wants to hide the truth. It does not want Australian workers to know how bad—
Original question put:
That the motion (Mr Stephen Smith’s) be agreed to.