Opportunistic calls for IR Bill to be delayed need to be rejected

“Opportunistic calls to delay a vote on the IR omnibus Bill need to be rejected. The Bill is the culmination of nine months of hard work by Government, industry and union representatives. It will make a series of modest but very important amendments to the Fair Work Act that will assist the economic recovery,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

“Attorney-General Porter chaired the working groups of industry and union representatives and oversaw the drafting process. However, the Bill has been drafted, it has been passed by the House of Representatives and has been the subject of a Senate Committee inquiry which is due to table its report in Parliament this Friday. All political parties are well aware of the issues as they have been consulting with industry representatives and unions about the Bill for months.

“There is no reason at all why the Bill should be delayed. The Bill is too important for our economy, workplaces and jobs. The national interest needs to be put ahead of opportunistic calls for delay,” Mr Willox said.

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