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Screen Industry Workers Bill

Introduced on Feb 18, 2020. The Bill rolls back some of the provisions of the so-called ‘Hobbit” laws. It introduces a workplace relations framework about the employment status of people doing screen production work. It introduces a duty of good faith and mandatory terms for contracting relationships in the industry; allow collective bargaining at the occupation and enterprise levels; and creates processes for resolving disputes arising from contracting relations or collective bargaining. First reading on March 5 with National and ACT opposed. Referred to the Education and Workforce Committee with a June 2 report back. Report back extended from June 2 to August 6. Reported back on Aug 6 2020 with changes. Second reading on Aug 23 2022 with National and Act opposed. Committee stage completed Aug 31 with no major changes. Third reading on Sept 27 with National and Act opposedScreen Industry Workers Bill