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February 15, 2008

Remember when Workchoices was announced to be dead by Brendon Nelson? The Liberal Party and the business community thought otherwise. No surrender. Intransgience was the only response possible. No ground should be given, Nelson had to do a flip flop.

So the Rudd Government's plans to scrap AWA's is to be opposed, and the Government's IR legislation was sent to a Senate inquiry by the Coalition controlled Senate.The inquiry will report back late April. Gillard will have to wear it.

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The business community really wants flexible labour markets and working conditions ---for the bad times--- but reduced minimum standards and safety nets is a difficult to sell politically, as the election showed. Hence the political conflict continues both inside and outside Parliament.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:43 AM | | Comments (4)


The argument now being put by the shadow workplace relations minister Julie Bishop is that the Government must not abolish statutory individual agreements, better known as AWAs, because they worked well between 1996 and some indeterminate time, roughly 2006-07, when WorkChoices was introduced. As a consequence, the maintenance of AWAs has emerged as the key policy for the Liberals and Nationals whilst they control the Senate until June 30.

the history of AWAs when they were first introduced by Howard in 1996 was that they started off with a safety net of basic conditions. It was Workchoices that stripped away — the safety net.That stripping away was the electoral poison.

Don't you just love all the senate enquiries, committees, hearings, debates and so on that are being proposed now? It's a good thing the senate can do what it's supposed to again, but a tad hypocritical of Howard's hangers on. The senate seems to have gone from a rubber stamp to a stalling mechanism.

the Senate was always, and always should be, the House of Review. Checks and balances on the power of the dominant executive and all that.