Second Reading Speeches

Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005

Employment and Workplace Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Workplace Relations Act 1996
in relation to: creation of a national workplace relations system, including the establishment of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) which will set and adjust minimum and award classification wages, minimum conditions of employment; public holidays; outworkers; direct bargaining between employers and employees; the role of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, particularly in relation to regulation of industrial action; a simplified system of awards; redundancy pay by small business employers; transmission of business rules; protection of key award conditions in bargaining processes; dispute settlement procedures; extension of the compliance regime; transitional arrangements; provides for the renumbering of the Act; and Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997 in relation to the establishment of the AFPC.

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