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If Labor fast tracks Adani, the Greens will strike in the inner city: Bandt

If Labor fast tracks Adani, the Greens will strike in the inner city: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today warned Labor against fast tracking Adani. Not only will this put lives at risk by making climate change worse, but Labor would be putting at risk inner-city seats in Brisbane and Melbourne.

“If Queensland Labor misreads the election results and starts hugging coal even tighter, voters in the inner city will punish Labor and shift to the Greens,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens welcome Labor’s wage theft commitment, urge more action from Labor on minimum wage

Greens welcome Labor’s wage theft commitment, urge more action from Labor on minimum wage

Greens employment and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed Labor’s announcement that it would establish a new small claims tribunal to enforce orders for the payment of wages. Mr Bandt noted this announcement follows his own announcement that the Greens will establish and resource a $20 million dedicated Wage Theft Unit within the Fair Work Ombudsman tasked with identifying, investigating and prosecuting cases of underpayment and wage theft. Mr Bandt also called on Labor to go further in lifting the minimum wage.

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Labor’s gas plan is a climate bomb that’s worse than Adani: Greens

Labor’s gas plan is a climate bomb that’s worse than Adani: Greens

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today warned that if Labor’s plan to spend $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to frack Australia’s northern gas fields goes ahead, we can kiss our Paris commitments goodbye. Mr Bandt also foreshadowed that the Greens would push to turf the Coalition out, but would make stopping Labor’s gas plan a core campaign focus over the next three years of a Shorten Government.

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Garrett’s right on climate emergency, the beds are burning: Bandt

Garrett’s right on climate emergency, the beds are burning: Bandt

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today backed former Labor Minister Peter Garrett’s call for an incoming Labor government to declare and act on the climate emergency.

“The beds are burning and Peter Garrett is right,” said Mr Bandt.

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Greens to mandate carbon risk reporting for large companies

Greens to mandate carbon risk reporting for large companies

Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP and Greens treasury spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today launched a new Greens policy to introduce mandatory carbon risk reporting for Australia’s biggest companies, and to make directors responsible for managing carbon risk. Mr Bandt said that corporate sector is paralysed because of the perceived risks of ‘moving first’, which means the government has to step in to implement a regulatory framework that will force the corporate sector to act.

“Smart companies know that the dangers of climate change are clear and present. Smart investors are asking tough questions about exposure to carbon risk. And financial regulators are waving the red flag,” said Mr Bandt.

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Bandt announces Greens push for Future of Work Commission

Bandt announces Greens push for Future of Work Commission

Greens Deputy Leader and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has today used an address to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to announce that the Greens will establish an independent Future of Work Commission, charged with ensuring technology and automation improve people's lives and job security, rather than creating more insecure work. 

Mr Bandt noted that the Greens have already announced several policies to address insecure work, casualisation, underpayment and job flexibility, but broad, structural changes to the law may be required so that technological change doesn't just entrench already high corporate profits and power. 

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Statement from Adam Bandt regarding the Labor candidate for Melbourne’s resignation.

Statement from Adam Bandt regarding the Labor candidate for Melbourne’s resignation.

Greens Adam Bandt MP today said that the decision by the Labor candidate in Melbourne is the right one, and noted that the contest is now one between the Greens and the conservatives.

“Violence against women and sexual violence is unacceptable, in any circumstances. The decision of the Labor candidate to resign is the right one,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens will move to declare ‘climate emergency’ in next Parliament following UK Parliament climate emergency declaration

Greens will move to declare ‘climate emergency’ in next Parliament following UK Parliament climate emergency declaration

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP has welcomed the UK Parliament’s declaration of a climate and environment emergency. Mr Bandt said the Greens would seek to move and pass a similar motion as soon as possible in the new Parliament after the election.

“The UK Parliament has recognised the world is facing an existential climate crisis and that we all need to act urgently,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens launch science and research policy

Greens science, research and innovation spokesperson Adam Bandt MP will today launch the Greens’ policy to put Australia on a pathway to reaching 4% investment of GDP in science, research and innovation. Mr Bandt launched the policy today in his electorate at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia’s oldest medical research institute.

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Casual conversion push welcome but overdue & Greens will amend in Senate: Bandt

Casual conversion push welcome but overdue & Greens will amend in Senate: Bandt

Greens employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today welcomed Labor’s adoption of Greens policy on casual conversion, but noted that casuals could have had the right to convert to permanent employment seven years ago, when Mr. Bandt introduced a bill in 2012 to enable casual and rolling contract employees to request a secure employment arrangement from their employer.

Mr Bandt said the Greens will move in the Senate to expand Labor’s bill so that it applies to workers on repeated short-term contracts and so that decisions of the Fair Work Commission can apply across workplaces and industries, not just to individual employees requesting conversion.

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