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Mar 20,2009
Australian govt. passes workplace laws
by UPI

CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian government passed new federal workplace laws Friday to replace the current WorkChoices regulations, an official says.

Peter Anderson, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive, said the government managed to pass laws that could hurt Australian employers and small businesses, The Age said in its Saturday edition.

"The pressure of politics has won over the interests of employers and small businesses," Anderson said.

Under the new workplace system, small business workers will earn unfair-dismissal protection following a 12-month period.

While opposition officials wanted businesses with up to 20 workers to be designated as small businesses, the government designated the maximum employee limit at 15.

Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull said such a small business designation will ultimately cost Australian residents jobs, The Age said.

"Every month there will be a report card, the jobs figures and it will be from that report card that we and all Australians will know the real impact of this law on jobs," he told reporters.

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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