We can afford to pay our public servants fairly: Greens

Deputy Greens Leader and spokesperson on Finance, Employment and Workplace Relations Adam Bandt MP today responded to Tony Abbott’s claims that we can’t afford to increase wages of our public servants in line with inflation.

“Tony Abbott says we can’t afford for public servants’ wages to keep pace with increases in the cost of living. This would see cuts to their real wages in coming years,” said Mr Bandt.

“By making life less affordable for our public servants, we risk talented and hardworking Australians moving out of the service. The reality is we can afford to pay them fairly.”

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Liberals 'Freedom of Choice' Hypocrites: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and Workplace Relations Spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the government’s new attempts to regulate workplace negotiations revealed them as freedom of choice hypocrites.

“On the one hand, the government says that they have no role in telling industry what to do and people should bargain as they see fit, while on the other, they want to dictate what’s said in every workplace negotiation,” said Mr Bandt.

“This is a clear attempt to stop people bargaining for fair wage rises when their employers make high profits.”

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Abbott Government Threatens Critical Research: Greens

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on Research and Innovation Adam Bandt said today redirecting funding to ‘commercially viable’ research would threaten critical areas of research in Australia.

“The discussion paper the government has released today will send a shiver down the spine of anyone involved in curiosity-driven or public good research in Australia,” said Mr Bandt.

“Unless the government increases the size of the pie for research, they will take money away from areas that it does not identify as a priority and give it to others.”

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Tony Abbott needs 'Plan B' on medical research fund

Deputy Greens Leader and Science & Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, and Greens spokesperson on Health, Senator Richard Di Natale today said it’s time for Tony Abbott to go to Plan B on his medical research fund.

“Last night, Tony Abbott tried to turn Australia’s top medical researchers into lobbyists for his unfair GP copayment,” said Mr Bandt.

“Our medical researchers should be spending their time doing what they do best. It is up to Tony Abbott to ensure they have the resources to continue their work in world-leading medical research.”

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Greens Concerned by Government Moves to Limit Shareholder Power to Call Special Meetings

The government’s move to increase the number of shareholders who can call a special company meeting could allow institutional investors to block scrutiny of company activity, said Deputy Greens Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP.

“The government proposes to increase the number of shareholders required before a special company meeting can be called. This could allow institutional investors to block scrutiny of company activity by ensuring extraordinary general meetings never happen,” said Mr Bandt.

“As it currently stands, a group of 100 shareholders can draw the attention of all shareholders to any activities of concern by the company.”

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