Tuesday, 10 October 2006
That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Perth having the opportunity of outlining to the House the detailed comparison between the Martin Donnelly Electrical Services AWA and the collective agreement currently covering sparkies working at the new Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet site in Canberra, including and in particular the fact that:
- The collective agreement goes from 28 May 2004 to 4 December 2006; the AWA goes for three years from 1 October 2006. Under the collective agreement there are six pay increases during the 2.5-year life of the agreement and under the AWA there are no guaranteed pay increases during the three-year life of the agreement.
- Under the collective agreement they work 36 hours per week and under the AWA they work 38 hours per week. Under the collective agreement ordinary working hours are Monday to Friday between six am and six pm, with a minimum eight-hour and a maximum 10-hour shift. Under the AWA ordinary working hours are Monday to Friday between six am and six pm.
- Under the collective agreement any hours above 36 hours or outside the ordinary hours above are paid at overtime rates. Under the AWA there is a requirement to work ‘reasonable additional hours’ beyond 38 hours per week.
- With regard to Saturday penalty rates, under the collective agreement it is 150 per cent for the first three hours and 200 per cent of the ordinary rate thereafter; under the AWA it is 150 per cent of the ordinary rate. Under the collective agreement the Sunday penalty rate is 200 per cent of the ordinary rate, with a minimum payment of three hours. Under the AWA, it is 200 per cent of the ordinary rate.
Mr Speaker, on the point of order: I have done one of these motions before in which I have gone from points (a) through to (z). I am not proposing to go to (z) on this occasion.
Mr Speaker, on the point of order: there has not been a restriction on the content that may be put into a motion that is moved in this House. It is because they are embarrassed, as he does over the Prime Minister, that we get this response.