Rudd backflips on Australian jobs and pinches Greens jobs policy

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP has welcomed Kevin Rudd's jobs announcements today but said Kevin Rudd had an opportunity to vote for one of the key policies earlier in the year when Labor opposed Greens amendments.

Mr Bandt moved amendments to the Australian Jobs Bill on May 28 this year to lower the threshold for Australian Industry Participation plans. Labor joined with Tony Abbott to vote down the amendments.

Today Kevin Rudd announced a plan to require all projects worth $300 million or more to adopt Australian Industry Participation Plans.

"This is another policy backflip from Kevin Rudd. Now he is pinching polices from the Greens," Mr Bandt said.

"Labor had a chance to vote for a lower threshold for protecting Australian jobs earlier in the year. If they had supported the Greens amendments it would already be law, not just another thought bubble from Kevin Rudd."

"Protecting Australian jobs needs more than empty slogans. You have to be willing to vote for it."

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