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Morrison government shelves union-busting legislation ‘in good faith’

“Membership of each group will include employer and union representatives, as well as individuals chosen based on their demonstrated experience and expertise, and that will include – especially – small businesses, rural and regional operators, multicultural communities, women [and] families,” Mr Morrison said.

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“In good faith, we have decided the government will not pursue a further vote in the Senate on its Ensuring Integrity Bill,” he added.

“Not pursuing a further vote, though, I hasten to caution, on this bill, does not reflect any change or lack of commitment to the principle that lawful behaviour of registered organisations should be strictly required on all work sites in Australia.”

The Ensuring Integrity Bill was designed to make it easier to deregister law-breaking unions and officials, but was blocked in the Senate last November by One Nation and Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie. Christian Porter reintroduced the bill to the lower house in December.

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