Royal Commission a one-sided Abbott re-election weapon: Bandt

Tony Abbott wants to use a one-sided Royal Commission as a key weapon in his plan for re-election, Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt said today.

"Tony Abbott is laying the groundwork for an attack on wages and conditions," said Mr Bandt.

"Australia needs an even-handed corruption fighter, not the ideological witch-hunt Tony Abbott has just delivered."

"Construction companies allegedly made illegal payments to Saddam Hussein's regime, but the Royal Commission's terms of reference turns a blind eye to them."

"The Royal Commission is Tony Abbott's one-sided re-election weapon."

"Tony Abbott knows that last time, a strong union-led public campaign against WorkChoices cost the Coalition government."

"This time, before he winds up on workers, Tony Abbott wants to clear the unions out of the way. The Coalition is getting in early and shooting the messenger first."

"The Greens will continue to stand up for people's rights at work and press for genuine attempts to tackle fraud and corruption in Australia."

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