Thursday, 25 March 2021
Mutual Recognition Amendment Bill 2021; Consideration in Detail
by leave—I move opposition amendments (1) and (2) together, as circulated in my name:
(1) Schedule 1, item 87, page 17 (line 30), omit "This Part", substitute "Subject to subsection (4), this Part".
(2) Schedule 1, item 87, page 18 (after line 5), at the end of section 42C, add:
(4) This Part does not apply to:
(a) a building, maintenance or construction industry activity; or
(b) an electrical occupation activity.
Note: A consequence of this Part not applying is that there is no automatic deemed registration under section 42D.
(5) In this section:
building, maintenance or construction industry activity means building, maintenance or construction work authorised to be carried on under an occupation that requires registration under State building, maintenance or construction licencing legislation.
electrical occupation activity means electrical work authorised to be carried on under an occupation that requires registration or licensing under State legislation.
As I articulated in my substantive speech in relation to the bill proper, Labor is moving amendments to seek the exclusion of those licensed occupations which operate in the building industry from the application of this bill, given the varying forms of regulation that exist in relation to those licenses. It's important that as we move forward with this bill that, as laudable as the principle is, there aren't unintended consequences in relation to the health and safety of those working in these industries, along with the outcome of their work and the benefit to consumers. To that end, Labor seeks to move the amendments that I have just done.