Legislative Council: Thursday, June 16, 2022


Enterprise Bargaining

The Hon. S.G. WADE (15:13): I thank the minister for his answer and I appreciate him taking it on notice. Supplementary question: is the minister aware whether the current 2022-23 budget funds the EA increase that, as you say, was anticipated for some time?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:14): I will double-check that with the Treasurer. If I get anything wrong in this answer, I will come back and correct myself, but my understanding is and I think, from my previous role as part of the Budget and Finance Committee, I can remember we in the last term of government questioned Treasury officials about whether there are contingencies that are never revealed, for obvious reasons, within budgets for enterprise bargaining agreements. If that's not correct, I will come back and let the honourable member know.