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Estimates: MV Portland and CSL Melbourne

Senator RICE: I want to continue on with the line of questioning from Senator Conroy and Senator Sterle. In the case of the MV Portland and the Federal Court findings, I understand that the Federal Court found that the minister did not follow the requirements of the Coastal Trading Act in that particular instance, despite finding in favour of the minister, so am I correct in characterising the court's findings in that way?

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Greens move for House to decline ABCC bill in favour for broad-based anti-corruption watchdog

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today moved for the House of Representatives to decline the ABCC bill and instead support establishing a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog that would have the power to investigate corruption wherever it occurs. “Malcolm Turnbull should walk away from his plan to give construction workers fewer rights than alleged criminals and instead establish a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens reject government’s ridiculous TURC secret volume offer

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens Party Room has rejected the government’s last minute offer for one member of the Greens Party Room to view the secret volume of the Trade Union Royal Commission report.

Mr Bandt said the offer that came through late last night was verging on the ridiculous and called on the government to treat all Members of Parliament equally.

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Turnbull’s first priority to attack people’s rights at work: Greens

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is attacking people’s rights at work after announcing his government will bring back the bill to establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission as the first item of Parliamentary business this year.

“Instead of legislating for marriage equality or strong action on climate change, Malcolm Turnbull’s first priority is to attack people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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‘Enterprise contracts’ would dramatically undermine minimum standards: Greens

Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Liberal government’s consideration of adopting enterprise contracts for medium-size businesses would dramatically undermine workplace legal minimum standards.

“With about half of the Australian workforce employed in small and medium businesses, the Liberal government’s idea to allow some companies to contract out of legal minimum standards would dramatically undermine people’s rights at work,” Mr Bandt said.

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TURC reports should be available to all MPs or none at all

TURC reports should be available to all MPs or none at all

The Greens have said that if access to the secretive sixth volume of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption is given to crossbench senators, it should be available to all Members of Parliament.

“The Commission has already been politicised enough. It shouldn’t now be used by the Liberals and Nationals as a political plaything to try and woo the crossbench,” said Senator Janet Rice.

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Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

Alcoa and Coalition have left MV Portland crew high and dry

The Greens have condemned the actions of Alcoa in removing the crew off the MV Portland in the middle of the night.

“This is a callous and cold-hearted response from Alcoa, aided and abetted by the Coalition government,” said the Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

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