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Coca-Cola Amatil closure another blow for local factory workers

The Australian Greens extend their condolences to the staff and their families affected by today’s announcement that the Thebarton Coca-Cola Amatil factory will close in 2019.

“This is another blow to our state, and our local factory workers and their families and I extend my condolences to those affected,” Greens Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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Green Army money must go into actual environmental programs

“The Green Army was not an environment program. It was an employment program, and a bad one at that,” said the Greens agriculture spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“The program saw participants doing manual labour such as weeding and clearing creeks in return for half the minimum wage with the government describing it as ‘training and experience’.”

“The Greens have received assurances from the government that none of the money we secured for Landcare will be taken from any other environmental program or policies to balance the books.

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ABCC won't improve productivity, just attack working Australians

I rise to speak on the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013. I comment first on the name of the bill—'improving productivity'. We know that this bill is not tackling the key issues that are required to improve productivity. This bill is basically an attack on unions. The ABCC has been hanging over this parliament for the whole 2½ years that I have been here. It has been the subject of a lot of debate.

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Labor putting Pauline Hanson first: Greens to test Labor on trade and jobs

The Greens have called on Labor to ditch their embrace of Hanson rhetoric and instead of dog-whistling outside of Parliament, back the Greens in Parliament by committing to ditch the Trans-Pacific Partnership and legislating to protect local jobs. The Greens will test Labor’s mettle in Parliament in coming weeks. 

“Trade deals have become deals for corporations, not people. This has to change and we can start by knocking off the dodgy Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Greens Trade & Finance spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Paid Parental Leave

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has urged the crossbench to put working mums first in their negotiations with the Government on paid parental leave.

“Let’s be clear. Delaying the start date to save women who are currently pregnant does not make up for the fact that these changes, whenever passed, will hurt parents.

“Delaying the effect of the Bill by a year isn’t the same as standing up for women’s rights in the workplace and members of the crossbench cannot walk both sides of this issue.

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Weekend penalty rates safe until December but legislation needed to protect for good: Bandt

Greens Employment and Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that workers and their families across Australia will be relieved to hear that their weekend penalty rates are safe until at least December but that legislation is needed to protect people’s weekend rates into the future. Mr Bandt called on Labor and the Coalition to back the Greens’ call to enshrine existing penalty rates in legislation.

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