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Union-busting bill reintroduced to Parliament with clause for a review

The Morrison government will review its union-busting legislation after two years if the bill becomes law, after backing a Greens amendment aimed at protecting ordinary union members.

Attorney-General Christian Porter reintroduced the Ensuring Integrity Bill to the lower house on Wednesday, saying it “incorporates a provision requiring the operation of the bill to be reviewed in the near future”, inserted by the Greens in the Senate with government support.

Christian Porter has amended his union-busting bill to include a review of its operations.

Christian Porter has amended his union-busting bill to include a review of its operations.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Porter told Parliament the bill, which failed to pass the Senate last week after One Nation and Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie blocked it, would deter “repeated law breaking” by unions like the militant Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

“It is vital to note that nothing in the bill prevents a registered organisation from exercising its rights under the law to represent workers, including investigating underpayment issues or acting on work health and safety concerns,” he said.

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