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Mixed reactions to new IR laws

Several lobby groups from across the country have expressed concern over the Rudd government's introduction of its new industrial relations bill, which has been backed by the federal opposition.

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Geraldton
The union movement will deserve everything it doesn't get if it is prepared to re-elect IR dinosours like Kevy Reynolds. Boneheaded confrontationist IR's are a thing of the past and Kevy should be able to see that from his handily situated vantage point.

Perth
I am a small busines owner affected by this to a fairly large degree. I am going to dismiss all our staff, wind the business down and retire 5 years early. I don't think that is the outcome Kev would be chasing, why would I bother continuing to employ a team of people, loyal to our company when they are going to be forced to toe a union line. I win.

West Perth
The biggest issue is the failure to carve and protect Australia's largest employer that is the small business operator. A 600 page bill will only add significantly to cost of employing people. At a time we are facing growing unemployment you have to wonder about whether Mr Rudd has done the numbers on the likely impact of adding significant costs on small businesses now.

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