Queensland's Changing Regulatory Landscape in the Workchoices Era
Australian Journal of Labour Law, 20(2), 217–224 (2007)
Posted: 12 Jan 2018
Date Written: February 1, 2007
On 26 May 2005 Prime Minister John Howard outlined the Federal Government’s plans to establish a national industrial relations system. This marked the beginning of the WorkChoices era. The federal plans were met by widespread condemnation from state Labor governments, including the Queensland Government.Premier Peter Beattie vowed that ‘we will use our legislative power to protect as best we can the basic rights of 1.6 million Queensland workers and the fundamentals of our economic success’. The Queensland Government has exercised its law making power in four specific areas of labour law: minimum employment conditions, right of entry regarding health and safety issues, dismissal protections for injured workers and child labour. This note examines these amendments to labour regulation in Queensland during the WorkChoices era and, where applicable, their relationship with the federal reforms to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) (WR Act), which took effect on 27 March 2006. The recent findings by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) in its WorkChoices inquiry lead into a final discussion regarding proposed changes to Queensland’s regulatory landscape.
JEL Classification: K19
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