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Gina Rinehart: Australia’s welfare queen

Greens Deputy Leader and Finance spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Tony Abbott should act to end crony capitalism before coming after low-income Australians.

“If Tony Abbott is serious about ending the ‘the age of entitlement’ he should start with the big end of town before hitting every-day people,” said Mr Bandt.

“Not content with being subsidised by Australia’s taxpayers, Gina Rinehart has now reportedly secured a $764 million loan from US taxpayers.

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Howes’ resignation provides opportunity

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Paul Howes’ resignation provides a great opportunity.

“What Australia needs right now is a strong defence against Tony Abbott’s attack on people’s rights at work and union leaders with crystal-clear allegiances to their members,” said Mr Bandt.

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Australia needs real jobs, not fake ones

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today condemned more allegations of Government bullying and secrecy.

“Instead of creating real jobs, reports suggest that the office of Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, is leaning on public servants to cook-up fake ones,” said Mr Bandt.

“If true, this is more damning evidence that Tony Abbott has no plan for jobs.

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Qantas workers under threat from Abbott

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today met a delegation of Qantas workers to discuss how to protect Qantas jobs and keep the airline onshore.

“The union members I met today were angry and despairing at the treatment they are receiving. But they were also resolute in fighting to keep their jobs,” said Mr Bandt.

“The employees, many of whom are every-day workers on modest incomes, are being sacked, made redundant and casualised.

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‘March In March’ shows Abbott is losing support

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, today said that the ‘March In March’ protests across the country were an expression of how strongly people feel against Tony Abbott’s hard-line policies.

“We are a few months into a new Government and already people have taken to the streets to say that Tony Abbott is not acting in their name.”

“Across the country, people who want to keep Australia humane, egalitarian and compassionate are standing up to Tony Abbott in their thousands.”

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Cracks appearing in Qantas sale push: Bandt

Adam Bandt MP today said that the Greens' Senate inquiry into Qantas had been vindicated by the evidence presented to it this week.

"The evidence presented by unions and Qantas has vindicated the Greens' call to oppose the repeal of Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act and establish this Senate inquiry", said Mr Bandt.

"Shining a light on Qantas' activities has, if anything, made the Greens even more concerned about the airline and even more determined to keep it as a genuine national carrier.

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Job insecurity: Tony Abbott’s gift to Australian workers

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today said that Tony Abbott was pulling the rug out from under the feet of Australian workers.

“Welcome to working life under the Liberals,” said Mr Bandt. 

“Tony Abbott is waging war on Australian workers instead of helping them.

“Mr Abbott has declared war on workers on two fronts. 

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Tony Abbott wrong on SPC: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, today welcomed news that SPC-Ardmona has secured a deal with Woolworths worth a reported $70 million – or the equivalent of 24,000 tonnes of extra fruit and vegetables.

“It is great news that SPC has this lifeline,” said Mr Bandt.

“But this is no thanks to Tony Abbott, who is now trying to have his SPC-fruit cake and eat it too.

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Productivity Commission set to revive WorkChoices corpse: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, says leaked terms of reference for the Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work Act reveals the government’s real agenda on workplace laws.

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International Women’s Day – And Liberals Attack Penalty Rates

The Greens are defending workers on low-incomes and working unsociable hours, as Tony Abbott targets penalty rates. 

Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP said that the majority of casual workers are women. 

“The Coalition is marking Women’s Day [on Sat March 8] by coming after penalty rates,” said Mr Bandt.  

 

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