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Greens bill backs ACTU secure work push

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has backed ACTU President Ged Kearney’s call for action on insecure work, made at the ACTU job summit in Old Parliament House today.

Mr Bandt said he expects further debate next week on the Greens' Fair Work Amendment (Tackling Job Insecurity) Bill 2012 and has called on Labor to back the bill.

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Greens stand up for community radio

The Australian Greens will call on the Federal Government to fund community broadcasters’ digital radio services in Parliament today, marking the national day of action for community radio.

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Senate report backs Greens on EMAs and s457 visas: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed the tabling of a Senate Inquiry into section 457 visas and the Greens’ bill to regulate Enterprise Migration Agreements.

While the Labor majority stopped short of calling for protections to be enshrined in law, the report accepted the principles underlying the bill and recommended much stronger government action on 457s and EMAs, including advertising jobs locally before approving EMAs.

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Big 4 banks should pay a public support levy: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and banking spokesperson Adam Bandt has outlined a proposal for a 'Public Support Levy' on the big four banks in return for the implicit “too-big-to-fail” policy of the government that underwrites their activities.

The 20 basis points levy on bank assets in excess of $100 billion has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office and would raise $11 billion over the forward estimates.

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PM fight on overseas workers a show: Bandt

Adam Bandt says the PM’s fight with Tony Abbott on overseas workers is a show with no substance.

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Labor preparing for high speed rail sell-out: Bandt

The Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, is preparing to sell out on high speed rail, Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said today. Responding to a speech by Mr Albanese to the Sydney Institute last night, Mr Bandt said the Greens were now the only party committed to the nation building infrastructure of high speed rail.

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PM overseas worker promise rings hollow: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM’s promise on s457 visas rings hollow, given the failure of the government to require jobs to be advertised locally first.

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Greens to reverse Labor’s single parent cuts

The Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament to boost payments to single parents on Newstart, increase the amount of work they are able to do without losing their benefits and give carers an enforceable right to flexible work hours.

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Fix mining tax not research cuts: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt says the Greens want to see the mining tax fixed before considering any changes to research and development tax arrangements.

Mr Bandt says the Greens will get behind the positive jobs and innovation announcements made by the government last week but not the R&D cuts linked to the plan.

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PM's industry scheme has no guts, no teeth: Bandt

Labor's industry plan lacks guts, Greens Deputy Leader and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, said today. Major projects, including the big miners, should have to do more than simply talk to local firms and put an advertisement in the paper. There should also be a requirement to use a minimum level of Australian content.

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