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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 June 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2407 ..


excluded from this consultation process. This appears increasingly like an ideological rampage on industrial relations in Australia.

While working people want cooperative workplaces as much as their bosses, they will not stand for being denied their rights at work and shut out of consultation about the future of industrial relations. The future is in the relationship, and the government appears headed on a trajectory of destroying that relationship. Australian workplaces, their employers, workers and unions can be cooperative. What we need to achieve this and to achieve productivity, effective and fair workplaces is a government that listens to its constituents and works with those directly involved to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. The community needs to be involved in this campaign because any changes to the system of industrial relations are likely to have significant impact on the community itself.

The rally on Sunday outside the Hyatt was not an isolated incident but part of the campaign in which committed community and union activists are demanding a place at the table in negotiating the future of Australian industrial relations. More events are planned, and until fairness is again a priority in industrial relations these events will continue. They will continue until community concerns for a guarantee of your rights at work are satisfied.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.29 pm.


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