The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Senator David Pocock and Senator Jacqui Lambie’s decision to introduce measures to split the government’s workplace relations bill this week.

“This is a sensible proposal that will allow the government to proceed quickly with the non-contentious elements of the legislation,” ACCI chief executive officer Andrew McKellar said.

“Business is supportive of the implementation of work, health and safety measures relating to PTSD for first responders, domestic violence, and silicosis.

“Business strongly opposes the remaining aspects of the bill. The governments changes on casuals, labour hire, employee-like, delegate rights, and wage theft do not support stronger productivity or better wage outcomes.

“On the contrary, they will reduce flexibility and make it more difficult for business to create jobs for the future.

“The Senate needs to be given adequate time to complete a thorough inquiry into the impact of the contentious parts of the bill.

“Ultimately, it is the view of business that these measures are unworkable and should be rejected by the parliament.”

Ryan Clough

Media Adviser

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