Ms Hutchins — On a point of order, Speaker, I find the comments that were made by the member for Lowan very disturbing when she expressed her disappointment in our former member for Northcote not being appropriately acknowledged.
Ms HUTCHINS — I think we disagree on this.
Ms HUTCHINS — Can I clarify that you are talking about clause 16, point (c)?
Ms HUTCHINS — The clause sets out the averaging arrangements that are to apply if there are no fixed hours of work or hours of work have changed.
Ms HUTCHINS — What is described and what is meant by the terms of conditional employment — I think that is what you were touching on — and the definitions of seasonal employment really have not changed.
Ms HUTCHINS — That is a really good point. The reason that we talked about this in the review in the first place and came to this sort of conclusion is because the nature of industry nowadays is that having the ability to accumulate and take leave after seven years is more fitting with where a number of employees are across workforces in terms of the longevity of jobs.
Ms HUTCHINS — We have made this amendment specifically to be able to push the date out so that it can be a practical starting date
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Women) (11:12:04) — I thank the member for her supplementary question, but I do need to say that this government has probably done about 20 times more work in the short time we have been in government to take on the issues of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. Quite frankly I am outraged at the question —
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Women) (11:08:32) — I thank the member for her question, and I refute the premise of the question. The EBA that has been agreed to between the board and the MFB, that will be taken forward to the Fair Work Commission for certification, will have to meet national employment standards
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Women) (11:05:02) — I rise to update the house on International Women's Day around the Andrews Labor government's commitment to women's equity, and to remind the house of our success in achieving gender equity on paid boards across government.