Closing Loopholes Bill blocked

4 October, 2023

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) have called on employer lobby groups, the Federal Opposition and Crossbench Senators to remove the roadblocks they have placed in the way of the Closing Loopholes Bill advancing in Parliament.

The Bill was designed to close loopholes that undermine pay and conditions and to improve work health and safety laws across Australia.

Originally due to be passed in September, the Bill will now be considered by Parliament next year after being blocked by the Coalition and a number of Crossbench Senators.

ACTU President Michele O’Neil said the current cost-of-living crisis exacerbated the need for urgent action to get wages moving for workers.

“Australia is in a wages emergency right now, and in an emergency, you don’t wait around, you act,” Michele said.

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