Submission by Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance to Senate Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee

13 Jul 2007

The Workplace Relations Amendment (A Stronger Safety Net) Bill 2007 has been put in place because the Federal Government has acknowledged that the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 is unfair.

Alliance members working in the circus industry have an intimate knowledge of safety nets. If a safety net is a safety net, it is safe. The concept of a stronger safety net is merely semantics. It is either a safety net or it is not. For Alliance members a safety net is the difference between life and death.

This Bill, like its predecessor, has holes in it. It is therefore not a safety net. A safety net could be introduced by repealing the Workplace Relations (Work Choices) Act 2005.

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