The supervisor of presidency enterprise within the Senate, Finance Minister Katy Gallagher, has mentioned it’s “fairly doubtless” the higher home might want to sit additional days this yr to ram its laws by, together with the controversial industrial relations invoice.
“Clearly there’s a jam-packed program, plenty of payments to get by, and explicit payments which can be going to require substantive debate, so I might anticipate that we’ll want extra hours and presumably days,” Gallagher mentioned within the press gallery hall.
The federal government wants the help of the Greens and yet one more crossbencher for the invoice to cross the Senate, nevertheless the almost definitely supporter, David Pocock, desires the invoice break up to cross the much less controversial features, and save debate on multi-employer bargaining till subsequent yr.
Gallagher mentioned the invoice labored in its entirety. “To carve out part of the bargaining [provision] goes to compromise different components of the invoice,” she mentioned.
“It’s commonplace, I believe, for a invoice that’s seeking to reform the commercial relations system to be handled in that means. Should you take off items right here and there, it’s so much tougher to ship.“
Earlier on ABC radio, Gallagher mentioned the Senate would doubtless sit each Fridays of the following two weeks to make up the additional sitting days.
“We’ll see the place we get to on the finish of the primary week,” she mentioned.
“We’ve bought a whole lot of payments to get by, and it’s fairly wild simply within the subsequent fortnight … so I believe we’ll find yourself with additional hours. We haven’t locked everyone in on it but”.