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Greens will oppose Abbott’s destruction of Qantas

The Australian Greens have said they will strongly oppose Tony Abbott’s plan to remove the protections in the Qantas Sale Act. They called on Labor to not join Tony Abbott in allowing any increase in foreign ownership of Qantas.

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Tony Abbott needs to take on Qantas

Responding to massive job cuts announced by Qantas today, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt said:

“Today we’ve seen Alan Joyce announce he will sack more than 5,000 Qantas employees, almost one sixth of the total workforce, in response to Tony Abbott’s demands that he cut costs.

“Unless the government secures an agreement to protect local jobs, any government support could just underwrite the offshoring of jobs.”

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Really? A man has been killed and we are talking about Senator Conroy?: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt MP, has criticised the House of Representatives for wasting time with a politicised debate about Senator Conroy instead of focussing on a far more pressing issue, the death of refugee Reza Berati on Manus Island.

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Labor shouldn’t jump the gun on equal marriage: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt says the Greens are ready to co-sponsor a new marriage equality bill but has warned Labor against jumping the gun before a cross-party committee does its work.

Mr Bandt has written to Labor’s Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek asking her to allow the cross-party committee to reach a consensus on the way forward before proceeding with a bill.

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Greens introduce bill for employment quotas in the Public Service

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, will introduce a private members’ bill on Monday to require the public service to double its employment of people with disabilities and people from non-english speaking backgrounds over the next five years.

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Abetz targeting penalty rates: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt MP says the government is revealing its hand on industrial relations.

Mr Bandt says it is becoming clearer by the day that the new industrial relations laws to be introduced into Parliament next week aim to undermine penalty rates and could reintroduce the equivalent of AWAs.

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Greens call for construction-led south-east stimulus package

Victoria, South Australia & NSW need an economic stimulus package to create jobs and transition to a clean economy, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today.

Mr Bandt today released ‘Saving south-east Australia', a fully-funded plan to build 77,500 new houses in south-eastern Australia, fast-track high-speed rail, provide tax relief to small business and manufacturing and boost research and innovation spending.

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Adam speaks against new laws to detain refugees indefinitely

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Tony Abbott final nail in auto coffin: Bandt

Tony Abbott has killed the auto industry and jeopardised Australia’s clean energy future, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

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Royal Commission a one-sided Abbott re-election weapon: Bandt

Tony Abbott wants to use a one-sided Royal Commission as a key weapon in his plan for re-election, Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt said today.

"Tony Abbott is laying the groundwork for an attack on wages and conditions," said Mr Bandt.

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