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Greens: wait and see on ACTU campaign

"The ACTU has the right to campaign in the election to change unfair workplace laws, and the real proof they are running a non-partisan campaign will come when they inform voters who has the best IR policies," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.


"Last October the ACTU Congress was clearly told that the 'Your Rights at Work' campaign would never be a sectarian vote-ALP campaign, and we remain assured that the ACTU will inform their members about where all the parties stand on industrial relations."


"This is a good thing, because with the ALP backing down on unfair dismissal laws and the ABCC star-chamber and going weak at the knees on AWAs, an honest union campaign is bound to score the Greens ahead of Labor," she said.


"The Greens are confident that the ACTU campaign will remain a campaign against Work Choices and not become a default campaign for the ALP," said Senator Siewert.


"The ACTU are smart enough to understand the Senate numbers and to realise the likelihood of a new government in the lower house being hamstrung by the Senate remaining in conservative hands," said Senator Siewert.


"If they are as keen to see through their commitment to get rid of Work Choices as we think, then they will now be looking beyond campaigning in marginal seats and taking the Senate seriously."


"The Greens are now waiting to see how it rolls out."

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