FourFourtwo New South Wales’s unemployment insurance (UI) bill is set to be debated at the State Parliament.
Key points:The Nys bill has been put on hold in the lower house due to the Coalition Government’s “economic adjustment policy”The bill would give more protection to people with low-wage workThe bill has already been debated in the Upper House, but the Opposition says it’s too weakThe bill is already under the Coalition’s “Economic Adjustment Policy” which would see the government extend unemployment insurance to people on a low wage if their employer does not offer the minimum wage.
Key Points:The bill was put on the backburner due to Coalition Government “economic adjustment policy”In the lower chamber, the Bill has been delayed until next monthDespite the Opposition’s concerns, Labor is proposing to put it back on the agenda.
“This legislation is good, but it’s not good enough.
The Labor Party’s economic policy needs to be strengthened to ensure it’s good enough,” Opposition Employment spokesperson Brendan O’Connor said.”
The Government has failed to deliver on the promised $7.5 billion for the unemployed and is now cutting the number of hours that they can work by over 200,000.””
We will put the bill on the table again this week, and I will continue to fight to protect the most vulnerable in New South Welsh society.”
The bill’s sponsors have already put the issue on the calendar.
“I would be very happy to put this legislation back on [the agenda],” Liberal National Party Senator Sam Dastyari said.
“I think we have made progress.
We’ve worked hard over the last few months and I think we’re on track to get a good bill.”
Labor is also pushing for the bill to be considered by the Upper house, and to allow the Senate to consider it.
Labor has already put forward a motion for debate in the upper house which would allow the bill’s authors to discuss it and give the Upper chamber a chance to consider the bill.
But Senator Dastyar said the motion would be delayed until after the Upper Senate is back from Christmas break.
“It is going to take a bit of time for the Senate, for the House of Representatives to come up with a proposal,” Senator Dasyar said.
Mr O’Brien said he was happy to discuss the bill with Senator Dassie, but said he had concerns about the Coalition Governments “economic policy”.
“I have some concerns about that, I don’t think it’s really what the Coalition wants to do.
I’m not saying that’s why the bill hasn’t got past the Upper Chamber, but I think it is something that we would need to discuss with the Labor Party and the Government,” Senator O’Briens said.
Labor will also bring a motion to the Upperhouse calling for the Coalition to provide a timetable for the Upper parliament to vote on the bill before it is considered by that chamber.
Senator Dastyaris told the ABC that it would be important for the Labor Government to deliver the bill, but that it needed to be done in a timely manner.
“If the legislation gets through, then it’s the Labor party who would have to be responsible for ensuring that people in this state can get on with their lives,” he said.