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Archive for October, 2011

Government must now act to protect Qantas jobs

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has called on the Workplace Relations Minister to detail plans to protect local jobs from Qantas off-shoring.

Adam Bandt also called on Qantas CEO Allan Joyce to give back his giant pay rise as a way of mending his relationship with the public and his workforce.

“Qantas always wanted to avoid a negotiated outcome and now the government has helped them get what they want”, Adam Bandt said.

“I sat through much of the Fair Work hearing yesterday. There was nothing from the government that suggests they have a plan to stop the off-shoring of jobs.” (more…)

Government dancing to Qantas’ tune

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The Government may be helping Alan Joyce in his move to send Qantas jobs offshore, said Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt.

Adam Bandt, who was a specialist industrial relations lawyer before entering parliament, said “whether with their eyes open or closed, the Government is doing exactly what the renegade management of Qantas wants.

“The Government should be standing up to Alan Joyce and demanding a negotiated outcome, not doing his dirty work by helping him avoid good faith bargaining.

“The unions had already suspended their industrial action and a negotiated outcome was on the cards. However, instead of forcing Qantas to negotiate with unions, the Government is now seeking an imposed outcome, which may remove the unions’ right to bargain for job security clauses. (more…)

Australia’s renewable energy future several steps closer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Australia has taken vital steps towards a future powered 100% by renewable energy today with the introduction of legislation to establish the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the appointment of members of the board of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) alongside the passing of the carbon price legislation.

“Putting a price on pollution will send an important signal to energy investors, but it is these multi-billion dollar investment funds delivered by The Greens that will bring forward the shift to renewables,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

“Between them, ARENA and the CEFC will help exciting renewable energy technologies like baseload solar power right the way through from innovation through commercialisation to full-scale deployment.

“Renewable energy programs in Australia have historically been a mess of badly-designed schemes run as photo opportunities rather than helping build the industry. ARENA and the CEFC will change all that. (more…)

Firefighter cancer bill faces first vote

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Greens MP and employment and emergency services spokesperson Adam Bandt said he was hopeful his firefighters bill will gain support when it faces its first vote tomorrow (Thursday) morning in the House of Representatives.

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011 will enable firefighters who contract cancer to access compensation and rehabilitation funding more easily.

“Firefighters risk their lives to protect us everyday. It is time for us to do the right thing by them, because the toxic smoke they regularly face is causing cancer,” Adam Bandt said today.

“I am hopeful Labor and the Coalition will do the right thing tomorrow and support the passage of this bill.”

The bill has previously been backed by a number of backbenchers and crossbenchers and a Senate inquiry. It will mean that if firefighters contract certain types of cancer, it will be presumed to be work-related under Commonwealth law.

O’Farrell government gags debate on election funding

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Greens MP Jamie Parker has today criticised the O’Farrell government for gagging debate on its Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Amendment Bill.

“The government today closed the debate and prevented several members, including myself, from debating this important reform,” said Jamie Parker.

“This gag undermines the government’s claim of being committed to transparency. (more…)

House of Representatives votes to start building a cleaner, healthier Australia

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The House of Representatives vote to support the Clean Energy Future bills negotiated by the Greens, the government and independent MPs is a vital step towards tackling the climate crisis and building a cleaner, healthier Australia, the Australian Greens said today.

The bills, negotiated through the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee as a result of the Greens’ agreement to support the Gillard Government, will now move to the Senate where they will be debated and voted on in November before coming into effect on July 1 next year.

“This is a historic day and we’re looking forward to the legislation’s passage through the Senate. The greening of Australia is well under way,” Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said. (more…)

Long campaign of deception by nuclear industry exposed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The nuclear industry’s long-term campaign of deception exposed by an independent investigation in Japan is almost certainly not an isolated case, the Australian Greens warned today. Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam said it would be surprising if Japan was the only victim of corrupt and dishonest tactics from the nuclear industry.

“The stacking of public meetings by nuclear sector stooges and collusion with corrupt officials to suppress opposition to nuclear power in Japan is a case study in the lengths to which this industry is prepared to go. In the globalised economy, the idea that these kinds of practices would only be occurring in Japan is an example of extreme optimism.” (more…)

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