Tony Abbott's industrial relations spokesman Eric Abetz has attracted internal criticism for ''freelancing'' on future Coalition policy by suggesting an Abbott government would intervene in wage settlements if wage rates were too high.Senior Liberals were aghast on Thursday when they read that Senator Abetz had granted an unscheduled interview on his party's workplace relations laws, during which he flagged that enterprise agreements entered into by unions and employers might be struck down if deemed excessive.He signalled changes to the Fair Work Act to require the industrial umpire to satisfy itself that productivity improvements had been ''genuinely discussed''.
The comments took his frontbench colleagues, including Mr Abbott, by surprise.
One insider said his comments in no way reflected Coalition policy, and also contravened the agreed strategy of keeping industrial relations off the front pages of newspapers during the campaign to avoid feeding an expected WorkChoices scare campaign by Labor.
Mr Abbott has deliberately steered a middle path on industrial relations, saying he would change laws only to swing the IR pendulum back ''to the sensible centre''.
This would include changing laws to stop unions holding up new enterprises through unreasonable negotiations, and limiting rights of entry of union officials.Fairfax Media understands that Senator Abetz has been advised to avoid further interviews.
''This would take us back to prior to 1992,'' Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide said on Thursday. After 1992, the Keating government introduced a more central role for the making of agreements through bargaining at the workplace level, reducing the role of a centralised tribunal to decide.
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Abetz let the cat out of the bag DELIBERATELY... The other "Liberals" (CONservatives) have been FALSELY "surprised" but the whole lot is orchestrated to let you know "that your wages and entitlements are safe" before the elections, but after the Biblical floods of Liberals (into parliament) you will will get a stick up your butt to sign a FIERCE WORKCHOICE contract... Believing otherwise is delusional...