‘Human Headline’ becomes ‘Human Backflip’ by reneging on ABCC deal: Bandt

Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Senator Derryn Hinch has gone from being the ‘Human Headline’ to the ‘Human Backflip’ after reports this morning that Senator Hinch and Senator Nick Xenophon have backflipped on their previous deal with the government on the ABCC.

“The ‘Human Headline’ has become the ‘Human Backflip’,” Mr Bandt said.

“Last year, a deal was struck on the ABCC that included some minimal protections for workers in the construction industry.”

“But for Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon, it seems a deal is not worth the paper it’s written on.”

"It's very worrying that legislation that passes Parliament is up for grabs if big and powerful lobbyists get to you while you're lying on the beach over summer."

“Reports suggest that Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon are now giving the government everything they wanted by allowing the government to sit down and re-write every workplace agreement in the construction industry.”

“The original ABCC legislation caused chaos in the building and construction industry and the latest move by Derryn Hinch and Nick Xenophon is a recipe for this chaos to return.”

“By removing the grace period before some of the worst parts of this legislation came into effect, agreements that had already been struck between companies and workers will now be up in the air.”

“You cannot trust Derryn Hinch, Nick Xenophon or Pauline Hanson to protect people’s rights at work.”

“During the election campaign, these right-wing crossbench Senators talk big about standing up for their constituents, but in Canberra they vote with the elites and against working people.”

“The Greens will not be party to any grubby deal that the crossbench Senators have negotiated.”

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