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Senate passes CFA Bill

The Senate has passed unamended the Turnbull Government’s bill to outlaw terms in the proposed CFA agreement that might limit the involvement of volunteer firefighters.

Coalition to legislate stronger FWO powers next year

The Turnbull Government will introduce legislation early next year to give the Fair Work Ombudsman new examination powers and expressly prohibit employers from providing false and misleading information.


Coalition sets up migrant workers taskforce

Former ACCC chair Allan Fels will head a migrant workers taskforce that will advise the Coalition on policies to improve employment protections for overseas workers and monitor 7-Eleven's rectification of underpayments, Employment Minister Michaelia Cash announced this morning.



Police, ambulance unions concerned about CFA bill encroachment

Unions representing police, nurses and ambulance officers have expressed strong reservations over the Turnbull Government's legislation to defend the role of volunteers in Victoria's Country Fire Authority, while Professor Andrew Stewart says parties might be able to readily sidestep the legislative restrictions via side deeds.

Please explain what's behind CFA dispute, says Hanson

One Nation has flagged its support for the Senate inquiry into the controversial legislation aimed at restricting volunteer-related clauses in the enterprise agreement covering professional firefighters employed by Victoria's Country Fire Authority.

IR bills referred to Senate inquiries

A Senate inquiry is seeking submissions next week on the bill introduced last week to protect the status of Country Fire Authority volunteers, while the ABCC and registered organisations bills re-introduced at the same time have again been sent to inquiries.