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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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Greens motion to protect science funding passes Parliament

The House of Representatives has passed a Greens motion, supported by the Coalition and the crossbench, calling on the Labor government to protect science and research funding in the Budget.

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Greens back bullying laws

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has backed the government’s push for workplace bullying laws announced today.

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New work rights must have teeth: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, says the government should not expect automatic support from the Greens for its flexible work changes. Mr Bandt, who has a Work / Life Balance bill before the Parliament, says the Greens want to see an enforceable right to flexibility for workers.

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Adam moves to protect science and research funding

The Labor government today refused to allow a vote on a motion moved by the Greens and supported by the Coalition to protect science and research funding.

The motion, moved by Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, and seconded by Liberal MP, Kelly O’Dwyer, was expected to be voted on today, but didn’t appear on the morning’s notice paper.

The motion called on the Treasurer to secure ARC, NHMRC and other research funding from further budget cuts. Labor cut universities’ research funding by half a billion dollars in the mid-year budget.

Parliament voted 74-66 to allow a final vote on the motion, indicating clear support. However, Standing Orders provide that an absolute majority of 76 is required to suspend usual business to proceed to a vote.

“I want to thanks the cross-bench and the Coalition for supporting my motion. The government should not be able to avoid a vote on an important issue such as science funding simply by not listing the motion for a vote.”

“While we were not able to consider the motion today, I am satisfied that the government has got a clear message.”

“I will continue to campaign for the protection of science and research funding, particularly health and medical research, in the upcoming Budget.”

 

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Labor chickens out of vote: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and Science & Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt, has criticised Labor for refusing to allow a vote on his motion to protect science and research funding from budget cuts.

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Adam's Newstart Challenge

There are 9830 people in my electorate of Melbourne surviving on Newstart, Youth Allowance or - up until Labor pushed them onto the dole - Parenting Payments Single. They are doing it tough. I want to help draw attention to their plight and to the poverty levels in our wealthy country. I want my Parliamentary colleagues to back the Greens' push to lift Newstart and study allowances by $50/week. 

This week, like thousands of people in our wealthy nation, I will be trying to survive on $246.30.  This is the Newstart Challenge. Follow my progress here

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