Labor fast-track territorial rights vote to increase chances of passing workplace law this year

Crossbench Senator David Pocock says the two extra sitting days approved by the Senate to pass legislation are a 'start' but more time is needed

Albania's government has accelerated a final vote on a territorial rights bill in a bid to shore up its chances of passing changes to its industrial relations law this year.

The Senate has approved plans for two additional sitting days this Friday and next and a final conscience vote on a bill to restore the territory's ability to legalize voluntary assisted death by Thursday December 1 - a key request from crossbench senator David Pocock.

Hours of movement set up a two-week marathon sit-in in parliament, with 25 bills to be voted on in the Senate on Nov. 25, indefinite debate on the territorial rights bill, and a final push to pass the industrial relations bill on Dec. 2.

On Tuesday, Pocock flagged that a further parliamentary session may be needed, telling reporters in Canberra that "two additional Fridays are early" but that there were "a number of other things" the government would like to pass, including its anti-national laws. Corruption commission bill

The Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, introduced a series of government amendments to the bill on Tuesday that, among other changes, increase protections for journalists and their sources.

The Nacc bill will be debated in the lower house this week, before it goes to a vote on Thursday and is sent to the Senate, where it is expected to pass despite efforts by the Coalition and a cross-stool amendment.

Labor is still seeking a final vote for a better paying bill for its secure work, which Pocock said he agreed with "80 to 90%" but is unable to vote in its current form.

The ACT Independent continues to push for changes to the size of businesses that can opt out of multi-employer pay deals, and to split the bill to deal with the controversial single interest bargaining flows next year.

In the Senate report, released late Tuesday, Pocock raised further concerns with arbitrations binding flexible work requests.

Pocock has secured a commitment from the government to tackle a territorial rights bill this year, but said he did not "want to get caught up" in the industrial relations debate.

The motion hours advanced the territory rights debate, scheduled for Dec. 2, to Dec. 1 – with voting allowed after 4.30 p.m. and no mechanism for silencing what would be a vote of conscience for all senators.

The workplace relations minister, Tony Burke, has pleaded with Pocock to join forces with Labor and the Greens to pass this year's industrial relations bill, arguing in parliament and at Pocock's town hall meeting last week that a one-interest stream was needed to help middle-income workers. income earners win raises.

That section allows the Fair Work Commission to agree to bids for multi-employer pay agreements, provided employees have sufficient “common interests” and a majority at each workplace has agreed.

In time of questioning, Burke cited Victorian early childhood educators, who are "now [paid] roughly 16% above the award", as a group of workers who earn too much to benefit from the "supported flow" of a multi-year bargain. employers and “need a channel to be able to continue negotiating” for broader payment agreements.

During a Senate inquiry hearing and again in question and answer time, the opposition used estimates in the bill's regulatory impact statement to warn that small businesses could be forced to pay an estimated $14,638 to negotiate a multi-employer pay agreement, while medium-sized businesses could pay $75,148.

The small business minister, Julie Collins, countered the attack noting that "small businesses already incur costs when they try and enter the bargaining system" and that many "are actually represented by employers' organizations and that reduces costs".

The coalition is also seeking for a second day to attack the Albanese government's decision to support funds to help developing countries recover from climate disasters.

Liberal Alex Hawke, the former Pacific minister, asked climate change minister, Chris Bowen, why he intends to funnel Australian taxpayer money to other countries, “including China”, at a time when people are struggling to pay their electricity bills.

Questions returned to Hawke when Bowen pointed out that the government provided an agreement in principle to a multilateral loss and damage fund at Cop27 in Egypt on the basis that a large emitter like China would contribute to helping vulnerable countries rebuild social and physical infrastructure after extreme weather. events exacerbated by greenhouse gas emissions – not supported by funding.

The opposition has asked this question as part of a new effort to weaponize climate action at a time when Australians are worried about soaring inflation and high electricity bills.

On Tuesday night, the Senate employment committee released its report into the industrial relations bill.

In it, Pocock made additional comments calling for "provisions of deepest concern [to] be separated and considered separately with sufficient time to address any unintended consequences".

“Most of the evidence provided to the multi-stakeholder committee reveals significant and widespread concern with the details of multi-employer single-interest bargaining flows,” he said.

Pocock also sided with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the right to request flexible work, asked the government to consider allowing the Fair Work Commission to conciliate rather than mediate disputes, and added provisions for reviewing the decision.

On Monday, Pocock told Guardian Australia in a statement that "the balance of evidence provided to me suggests that multi-employer bargaining would be too great a burden for small businesses and therefore a threshold for inclusion in non-voluntary flows." must be higher. ” from the current threshold of 15 employees. On Tuesday, Pocock said he wanted to "get it right" with thresholds set to allow "cafes and hair salons" to be exempt but not childcare centres. Pocock said he had "real concerns" about a union veto before a proposed salary deal goes to workers, especially when there are two unions at the same workplace who disagree with a proposed salary deal.  This article was written by EDUKASI CAMPUS. 

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