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Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

Shipping deregulation bill to hit choppy waters in the senate

The Greens will oppose the Turnbull government’s attempts to deregulate Australian coastal shipping.

“It is vital that we retain a strong local shipping workforce and industry,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for transport.

“The government’s agenda changes will give an unfair competitive advantage to foreign-flagged vessels employing low-waged crew.

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Inquiry: portable long-service leave

Senator Rice: I, and also on behalf of Senator Lines and Senator Madigan, move:

That the following matter be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by the third sitting day in February 2016:

The feasibility of, and options for, creating a national long service standard, and the portability of long service and other entitlements, with particular reference to:

(a) the number of Australians in insecure work;

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Labor votes with the Liberals to bring ISDS to Australia via the China Free Trade Agreement

This evening the Greens voted against the enabling legislation for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), an agreement that exposes future Australian governments to being sued by Chinese corporations for introducing legislation that impacts on their profits, and an agreement that undermines Australian working conditions.

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Government ‘crackdown’ on exploiting employers set to be all talk

Responding to reports that the government will announce a Ministerial Working Group on the exploitation of people on working visas, Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said this ‘crackdown’ looks set to just be all talk. Mr Bandt called on the government to support his Private Member’s Bill currently before the Parliament that will help prevent the 7-Eleven style of worker exploitation from occurring in future.

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Shipping battle not over yet

Shipping battle not over yet

The Greens have vowed to work with senate colleagues to make sure the government’s coastal shipping legislation is blocked in the Senate after it was ushered through the House of Representatives.

“The government seems determined to impose these unnecessary changes on a vital local industry at the cost of Australian jobs,” said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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Crossbenchers and government deny workers voice in big project negotiations

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said he is disappointed that crossbench Senators joined with the Coalition to deny workers on big projects a voice on their wages and conditions. Crossbench Senators voted with the government to pass the amended Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 today.

“It is disappointing that crossbench Senators have done a deal with the government that denies workers on big projects a voice on their wages and conditions,” Mr Bandt said.

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Labor joins government to vote down work/life balance

Labor joins government to vote down work/life balance

Labor Senators joined with the government and members of the crossbench to vote down the Greens’ moves to give people greater control of their work/life balance and greater security for casual workers, particularly those in tertiary education. The amendments were moved in the Senate by Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014.

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