Saturday, 6 October 2007

Inclined to agree

No one will be surprised to discover that new Australian Workplace Agreements are being "sent back to the drawing board" at a rate of two to one. (here)
The opportunistic Opposition cites this as a failure of  process but I think that analysis is poor.
What would be more alarming is if 90 per cent were being approved and there was a huge outcry that they were not being properly scrutinised by the Workplace Authority. That is clearly not the case.
That there is a huge bureaucratic workload, there can be little doubt. This is not surprising in a new system (in our tin pot little organisation for example a new licensing system has taken over eighteen months to process and we are only talking about a couple of thousand licenses).
I don't doubt there will be further problems, but I would have thought that over-cautious scrutiny is a good thing rather than a bad thing.

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