VOLUNTEER groups have welcomed a promise by federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten to clarify the impact on their activities of national workplace safety laws at an emergency meeting in Melbourne this morning.

Fears the laws could discourage volunteering and add extra costs to the activities of charitable groups have hardened political opposition to the reforms and made it less likely they will be introduced nationally.

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