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AGAINST – Business - Consideration of Legislation Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022

The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with a motion introduced by Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher (Liberal), which means it failed. The motion was to suspend the usual procedural rules of parliament - known as standing orders - in order to let another vote take place.

Motion text

That so much of standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Manager of Opposition Business from moving the following motion forthwith:

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Government introduced the 249 page Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 on 27 October and rushed it through the House forcing its passage on 10 November through the use of a gag motion which greatly curtailed debate;

(b) the process was so rushed and chaotic that on 9 November the Government moved a further 34 pages of amendments;

(c) the Bill would make radical changes to Australia's industrial relations system including:

(i) abolishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the Registered Organisations Commission;

(ii) introducing compulsory multi-employer bargaining;

(iii) expanding the supported bargaining stream enabling businesses to be covered without their actual agreement; and

(iv) giving unions new powers including:

(A) forcing an employer to bargain for a replacement agreement, even if the employer and the majority of its employees do not wish to bargain; and

(B) vetoing an agreement reached by an employer and a majority of its employees to remove themselves from coverage by an agreement;

(d) the measures in the Bill, and the chaotic and rushed process, have been criticised by a wide range of stakeholders; and

(e) this Bill puts the narrow sectional interests of union bosses ahead of the interests of all Australians in a prosperous and harmonious society in which businesses of all sizes can grow and prosper, working in alignment with their employees, their suppliers, their shareholders and the broader community; and

(2) therefore calls on the Government to lay aside this damaging and ill-considered Bill.


Date and time: 4:25 PM on 2022-11-22
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 77
Total number of "no" votes: 57
Total number of abstentions: 17

Adapted from information made available by

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