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ERB report back must be delayed

"The final count of submissions on the Employment Relations Bill makes it clear that the select committee isn't being given anywhere enough time to consider the public's views properly," Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

"A total of 2,279 substantive submissions have been received on the Bill. 478 are oral submissions and 1,801 written submissions.

"There is no way we can give them proper consideration and report back to Parliament by June 20.

"National MPs have been strenuously arguing for more time to do the job properly.

"The submissions have only just been counted and processed. The committee needs at least another month to read, digest and consider them.

"The substantive submissions contain very real concerns from employers and employees around the country about the impact on their day-to-day operations.

"We've got courier drivers, rural mail deliverers, child care providers, hotels and motels, newspapers, contractors and consultants, foster parents, and general small and medium sized business all with considerable worries about the Bill."

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