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Estimates: Education and Employment Legislation Committee: Employment Portfolio: Fair Work Commission

Tuesday 30 May

Senator RHIANNON: There has been a great deal of criticism in the media of a number of the enterprise agreements with various retail outlets, which you would obviously be aware of. And I was looking at your form, F17, the employers statutory dec, and from what I can see it looks like it would work on a lot of trust. Does the Fair Work Commission rely just on the evidence submitted by employers when applications are received for approval?

Ms O'Neill: Mr Furlong will assist you with that question.

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Speech: Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017: Second Reading

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:41): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to table an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Leave granted.

Senator RHIANNON: I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows—

The attack on the wages of our lowest paid people in this country is relentless.

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Motion: Fair Work Amendment (Pay Protection) Bill 2017: First Reading

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:40): I move:

That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the law in relation to workplace relations, and for related purposes.

Question agreed to.

Senator RHIANNON: I present the bill and move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

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Motion: Josh Park-Fing: Order for the production of documents

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:50): I move:

That there be laid on the table by the Minister for Employment, by no later than 4 pm on 27 March 2017, all documents and correspondence relating to the death of a Work for the Dole participant, Josh Park-Fing, including the report prepared by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland into his death.

Question agreed to.

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Committee: Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (20:38): Minister, the way you promote the ABCC sounds like the Liberal-National version of 'alternative facts'. Encouraging apprenticeships is not the same as requiring apprenticeships. You have attempted to hose down concerns that apprentices will not lose out under the Building Code. But that is the reality here.

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