“After a decade of deliberate wage suppression under the Liberals and Nationals, Australian workers need a pay rise and these new laws will deliver,” he said.
What do the industrial relations changes mean?
The government plans to deliver a second round of workplace reforms next year to close loopholes undermining job security and wage growth.
“I hope for the sake of the country that (multi-employer bargaining) makes the difference in terms of wages … but I will be holding the government to account in terms of making sure this works for businesses,” Ms Spender said.
Independent MPs Kylea Tink (left) and Allegra Spender were among those who voted against the bill. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas
What was the reaction?
“The juvenile argument that somehow (the coalition) are against wage rises … is complete nonsense.”
Labor also abolished the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which it said has become politicised and ineffective.