MOSSAD Deputy Director
- May 30, 2005
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,23243927-2702,00.htmlThe Australian said:THE Coalition has capitulated to the Rudd Government's workplace agenda, junking a decade of reforms and giving up the fight to save Australian Workplace Agreements.
The Opposition yesterday ended two days of tumultuous internal debate by signalling itwould not oppose the Government's plan to wind back Work Choices.
The result is a significant win for Labor and the union movement, which has fought against statutory individual contracts since John Howard and Peter Reith introduced AWAs in 1996.
The Coalition will develop new policies for the long term to encourage individual employment arrangements using common law contracts.
In the short term, it will seek an amendment to Labor's legislation to extend the life of the Government's proposed temporary employment contracts - part of its plan to manage the phasing out of Work Choices and AWAs - from two years to five years.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/20/2167246.htmABC said:..."We've embraced Labor's new form of agreement, with the Labor no-disadvantage test, and I believe that should meet the needs of employers and employees."
Although there is now bipartisan support for the Federal Government's first round of IR changes, there is still some way to go before the Bill is passed.
Ms Bishop will today propose an amendment to the Bill and the Opposition is intent on proceeding with a Senate inquiry that will not be completed until late April.
She says yesterday's decision to dump Australian Workplace Agreements and back the transition Bill does not guarantee Opposition support for further changes proposed by Labor.
"We have always said that we would consider our options once we had seen their legislation," she said.
"Once we see the legislation we can consult, we can discuss it with employees and employers, and then come to a final position on it and that will continue to be the case with whatever legislation the Government puts up."
Ms Bishop denies that senior Liberal colleagues forced her to abandon support for AWAs and has rejected the Government's claim she performed a policy backflip.