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Labor too weak on steel procurement: Greens

Greens Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Labor’s plan to supposedly save the Australian steel industry by ‘maximising’ local steel used in government projects is too weak and called on Labor to add a seventh point: ‘Don’t sign the Trans Pacific Partnership’.

“The Australian steel industry is under threat and thousands of people across Australia working in the industry lack certainty about the future of their jobs,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens will fight government’s moves on Road Safety

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will fight the government’s moves to override a Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal ruling on pay for truck drivers.

“The Greens are concerned that the government’s push will make our roads less safe,” Mr Bandt said.

“The Greens supported establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal because everyone deserves a safe workplace and everyone wants our roads to be safe.”

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Government must fight for Whyalla’s future: Greens

The Australian Greens call on the Government to provide urgent mental health support to the Whyalla Community as part of any plan to assist in securing the future of the steel industry.

"My thoughts are with the 1100 steelworkers in Whyalla and 7000 across the country during this time of job insecurity. The Government needs to fight for this steelworks to continue operating to ensure Whyalla thrives into the future.

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Turnbull must ditch Abbott’s hardline public sector bargaining policy: Greens

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ditch Tony Abbott’s hardline bargaining policy for public sector workers and negotiate with public servants to ensure they get the wages and conditions they deserve.

“Malcolm Turnbull speaks about respecting our public servants, yet as Prime Minister he has continued Tony Abbott’s hardline bargaining policy for the public sector,” Mr Bandt said.

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Cash must put money where mouth is for women’s work/life balance

Following Minister for Women Michaelia Cash’s comments on flexibility for women re-entering the workforce during the ‘International Women’s Day Address’, Greens Employment & Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on Minister Cash to get behind the Greens’ plan to give people more control over their work/life balance.

“Minister for Women Michaelia Cash talked big on making employers consider flexible workplace arrangements for women during her ‘International Women’s Day Address’ today, yet didn’t commit to how she would do it,” Mr Bandt said.

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Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Amendment Bill 2016

First, let me make an apology. I want to apologise to all the people who are listening on broadcast right now who have had to endure 20 minutes of vitriol, of nonsense from the Labor Party. The Labor Party are intent on frustrating the business of this parliament. We get that we have a Labor Party who are torn and divided over the issue of electoral reform. We understand that. We understand there is a big tussle going on at the moment within the Labor Party—there are those people who support electoral reform and those people who do not. That is a legitimate position to take.

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Speech: Offshore mining industry needs better worker safety

In light of the offshore mining industry being inherently dangerous, Lee calls on the government to embrace world's best practice for offshore mining occupational health and safety legislation by adopting specific provisions of the model act and harmonising occupational health and safety laws governing offshore industries with those governing onshore industries.

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales):

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Unemployment rises as Morrison stalls

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said unemployment figures released today showing joblessness rising to 6 per cent, coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless accounting lecture yesterday, should ring alarm bells.

“Unemployment rising to 6 per cent coupled with Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visionless rambling yesterday should ring alarm bells for everyone who wants a secure and meaningful job,” Mr Bandt said.

“Yesterday the Treasurer promised a vision for supporting people in a transitioning economy but all we got was a bad accounting lecture.”

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