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Bandt introduces bill to lift minimum wage

Bandt introduces bill to lift minimum wage

Greens employment spokesperson and former industrial relations lawyer, Adam Bandt MP, today introduced legislation into the House of Representatives that would set the national minimum wage at 60% of the median full-time wage, to be phased in by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The FWC will determine the phase in period, which must be no longer than 6 years, and will be required to publish a timetable for the intended phase-in of increases to meet the requirement at the earliest possible time. The FWC must have regard to matters including reducing inequality, the state of the economy and the circumstances of particular industries and classes of employers.

“In a rich country like Australia, people earning a full-time wage shouldn’t be living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet,” said Mr Bandt.

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Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Alinta misleading consumers shows why we need to re-regulate electricity prices: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Alinta’s conduct shows what happens when electricity is run for profit rather than for the public good.

“When you treat an essential service like a stockmarket, companies put profit before the public interest,” said Mr Bandt.

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Re-regulation of prices needed to fix power mess: Greens

Re-regulation of prices needed to fix power mess: Greens

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the latest AEMC report provides further evidence that the privatisation of electricity has failed, and re-regulating power prices is the only way to stop big power companies from making mega-profits out of providing what should be an essential service.

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Greens seek Federal override of Vic Labor decision to extend brown coal: Bandt

Greens seek Federal override of Vic Labor decision to extend brown coal: Bandt

 
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that Daniel Andrews' decision to extend the life of Victoria's brown coal will contribute to more deaths and that the Greens will pursue legislation in Commonwealth parliament  to overrule the Victorian Government's extension.
   
"Keeping brown coal in the system until 2048 starts putting the world’s Paris Agreement goals out of reach," said Mr Bandt.
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When the climate goes downhill, skiers won't: Bandt

When the climate goes downhill, skiers won't: Bandt

 
Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that today's report forecasting the end of ski season in Victoria is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the expected impact of climate change on our way of life and our planet.
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Greens will pursue minimum wage legislation: Bandt

Greens will pursue minimum wage legislation: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said that the Greens will press ahead with their bill to lift the minimum wage after today’s Fair Work Commission decision meant many full-time workers would still be living in poverty.
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Adam speaks about the fire that damaged La Mama Theatre

Last weekend, Melbourne awoke to the very sad news that a fire had severely damaged La Mama Theatre in Carlton. La Mama is a Melbourne institution, and for over 50 years La Mama has been at the heart and soul of Melbourne's performing arts community.

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Wage rises not tax cuts -- Greens back push for a lift to minimum wage.

Wage rises not tax cuts -- Greens back push for a lift to minimum wage.

The Greens will introduce legislation to set the national minimum wage (NMW) at 60% of the median full-time wage, to be phased in at the earliest possible time in a manner determined by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

The UK Government has set a target for its minimum wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020, rising according to increments recommended by its Low Pay Commission.

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Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, said Peter Dutton was beneath contempt for refusing to explain his government’s failure to notify a refugee’s wife that her husband had died on Manus Island earlier this week.

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Greens urge Labor to change tack and block Turnbull tax cuts in Senate

Greens urge Labor to change tack and block Turnbull tax cuts in Senate

After Labor last night voted in the House to support Turnbull’s tax plan in full, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt today said that the Greens wanted to stop the government’s assault on egalitarianism and that Labor should help.

“The Greens want to stop the Liberals’ assault on egalitarianism but right now, Labor’s complicit in these attacks,” said Mr Bandt.

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