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    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Independent Industrial Relations review to target fair and balanced laws

    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Independent Industrial Relations review to target fair and balanced laws

    Jim McGowan AM will Chair an independent reference group which will carry out the first major review of Queensland’s industrial relations laws since 1998.

    Treasurer and Industrial Relations Minister Curtis Pitt said the reference group would play an important role in delivering fairer IR laws in Queensland.

    “Restoring fairness to Queensland’s IR system was one of our key election commitments and we’re already well on our way to achieving this,” he said.

    “We’ve already repealed the LNP’s IR laws which attacked the day-to-day conditions and take-home pay of hardworking Queenslanders.

    “The next step in this process will be a major and comprehensive review of the state’s industrial relations laws and tribunals.

    “Since the Commonwealth assumed responsibility for private sector IR in 2010, the main focus of the Queensland IR system has been the State’s public sector workforce.

    “That’s why we need a reference group to consider the structure, functions and powers of Queensland’s IR tribunals.

    “The reference group will consist of industry representatives, lawyers, academics, unions and employer groups such as the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Industry Group.”

    Mr Pitt said the review would also consider contemporary and emerging industrial relations matters.

    “These will include workplace bullying, domestic and family violence, gender equality and work-life balance,” he said.

    “The review will also consider changes in standard working arrangements such as telecommuting.

    “We need to hear recommendations for reform to put an end once and for all to the IR turmoil that existed under the previous LNP Government.

    “Jarrod Bleijie and the Newman Government changed Queensland’s IR laws no less than 12 times in three years, creating instability and uncertainty.

    “That’s why we want to hear input from stakeholders, government agencies and the community.

    “We’re going to ensure Queensland has a modern and effective IR system that serves the interests of both workers and employers.”

    Jim McGowan AM has a strong IR background, having previously served as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Relations and Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

    He is currently Adjunct professor, School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University.

    The reference group will report back to the Industrial Relations Minister by December.

    Community input to the review can be made at: www.treasury.qld.gov.au/IRreview

     

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