Qantas and Liberals Dud Tasmanian Jobseekers

Greens Deputy Leader and Workplace Relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, and Transport spokesperson, Senator Janet Rice, have condemned Qantas and the Liberals for betraying Tasmanian jobseekers.

"Qantas and the Liberals have betrayed jobseekers in Tasmania," said Mr Bandt.

"When it was closing its Brisbane and Melbourne call centres, Qantas sought to reassure the public that it would not send its mainland jobs offshore.

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Abbott’s Blokey Industry Policy Picks Some Winners, Backs Many Losers

Tony Abbott’s new industry policy may seek to ‘pick winners’ but it is still backing many losers and ignores ‘white collar’ and ‘pink collar’ industries, said Deputy Greens Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP.

“For a Prime Minister who now wants to ‘pick winners’, he’s still backing quite a few losers.

“The Greens strongly support playing to our strengths and our competitive advantages, but for this to work they must be real winners, like medical technology and advanced manufacturing, not just Liberal Party backers from the resources sector.

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MacFarlane Should Apologise to Scientists

Responding to derogatory comments made by the Minister for Science, Ian MacFarlane MP, Greens Deputy Leader and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt MP called on him to apologise.

 “Ignored, demonised, denied a science minister and heavily defunded, Australia’s science establishment has now been insulted by the very minister, Ian MacFarlane, charged with representing their interests,” said Mr Bandt.  

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Greens & community force Labor East-West shift

Greens Deputy Leader and Melbourne MP Adam Bandt, and Transport spokesperson, Victorian Senator Janet Rice, hailed the success of the campaign against the East-West project in forcing Labor to change its position.

"Labor has finally succumbed to pressure from the Greens and the community by moving to rip-up the East-West tollway contracts, but there are some worrying strings attached to this latest plan," Mr Bandt said.

"Victorian Labor is clearly feeling the heat in inner-Melbourne.

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Greens to fight for local job protections

Responding to reports that the Government will announce changes to the 457 visa requirements, Greens Deputy Leader and Workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, said the changes would make life even harder for local workers.

“What Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison are telling every local job seeker is “you’re second best”,” said Mr Bandt.

"As a matter of principle, employers should have to advertise locally first before sourcing workers from overseas.

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