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Labor will restore workplace rights, says Beazley


12 April 2006

Mr Kim Beazley, leader of the Australian Opposition
Mr Kim Beazley, leader of the Australian Opposition

A Labor government would restore the right to remedies for unfair dismissal, the Leader of the Australian Opposition, Mr Kim Beazley, said at the University of Sydney last night.

He said a Labor government would create an Unfair Dismissal Tribunal within the Industrial Relations Commission to ensure fair wages and conditions and to settle disputes.

Under a Labor government, workers could negotiate “family-friendly” working conditions without fear of prosecution, Mr Beazley said.

Mr Beazley said the new WorkChoices legislation is causing “the Americanisation of Australians’ working lives,” and he challenged the Prime Minister, John Howard, to a public debate on the government’s industrial relations changes.

Mr Beazley was delivering the annual Kingsley Laffer lecture which is hosted by the School of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney.

This lecture celebrates the work of Kingsley Laffer, the founding father of industrial relations at the University of Sydney and a pioneer of teaching and research in Australian industrial relations.

After the lecture, a new publication, Rethinking Work: Time, Space and Discourse, written and edited by members of the University's School of Work and Organisational Studies, was launched.


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