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Corporate heavy weights put their self-interest first in attacks on trade unions

It's of little surprise that Australia's business heavy weights have joined the Liberal Party's political attack on trade unions, said Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon.

"Reports that big wigs at an elite corporate event, the KPMG Couta Boat Classic, condemned unions are to be expected," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Many corporate CEOs back the Turnbull-Abbott government attacks on unions in the hope that it will help them bring in bigger profits.

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Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families

Greens stand with MV Portland seafarers and their families 

The Australian Greens call on the Liberal government to revoke the temporary shipping licence granted to Alcoa, which is putting local jobs on the chopping block.

"We stand with the people whose jobs on the MV Portland are in jeopardy and with their families who face an uncertain Christmas," said Greens industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP.

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The auto components industry is in crisis and we need to move fast

The Australian Greens recognise that there are significant challenges facing the industries and the workforces of Australia's automotive manufacturing sector. This Senate inquiry into the future of the automotive industry has brought to light very important evidence demonstrating how these challenges are impacting the various businesses, workers and communities engaged with automotive manufacturing currently in Australia. There are so many people and businesses who stand to be directly and significantly impacted by the changes ahead in our auto industry.

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Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

Greens vote down Turnbull government’s attacks on Australian shipping

The Greens, Labor and Senate crossbenchers have prevented the government’s attacks on Australian coastal shipping by voting down the Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill 2015.

“The Senate has done its job in blocking this government’s misguided deregulation agenda,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

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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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