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- Should successful athletes have to pay back the AIS 10 Jun 2009
- Let's give youth voice now for a better future 12 Oct 2008
- Organ donation it's the greatest gift of all 21 Sep 2008
- Is safe sex message falling on deaf ears 31 Aug 2008
- Grassroots funding is key to Olympic glorys 10 Aug 2008
- Easy to overlook big issue of homelessness 20 Jul 2008
- Trailblazer Natasha leaves lasting legacy 29 Jun 2008
- Heavy hitters boost our World Cup hopes 01 Jun 2008
- Youth Forum Discussion Paper 17 May 2008
- We can't take sport for granted 11 May 2008
- Women truly can do anything be anything 20 Apr 2008
- Let the Games begin with all our athletes 30 Mar 2008
- Proud past but future a challenge for women 09 Mar 2008
- Young people will be heard at highest level 17 Feb 2008
- Our nation has changed dramatically in three weeks 16 Dec 2007
- Mobile Phone Towers 23 Sep 2007
- Bradken Foundry 01 Jul 2007
- Full Fees 03 Jun 2007
- Eating Disorders 17 Dec 2006
- Iraq 27 Jul 2006
- Electoral Laws 26 Jun 2006
- Dental 08 Jan 2006
- Make Poverty History 18 Sep 2005
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09 Aug 2012 - Coalition Division Puts Local Workers' Rights at Risk
THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
Member for Adelaide
9 August 2012
Coalition division puts local workers' rights at risk
Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis said that a split between the Liberals and Nationals on changing the Fair Work Act would spell disaster for local workers.
Over the past week, the most senior members of the Coalition have expressed three different positions on changing the Fair Work Act.
1. On Sunday Nationals Leader Warren Truss said:
"...we have indicated we won't be changing the Fair Work Act."
2. On Saturday, senior Liberal Senator and John Howard's former Chief of Staff Arthur Sinodinis said:
'It's in our DNA to do something about industrial relations...'
3. And last Thursday Tony Abbott flagged that he may change the Fair Work Act:
"Look, I've certainly said that we do need to address these issues and that may very well involve changes to the Fair Work Act."
Ms Ellis said that the Coalition could not be trusted to protect basic workers entitlements.
"With three different positions in four days from the Coalition - it's no wonder the Coalition can't be honest with local workers about their plans to dismantle our fair and balanced industrial relations system," Ms Ellis said.
"When Warren Truss drives into Adelaide today local workers should be asking him if he agrees with Tony Abbott that there should be changes to the Fair Work Act.
"Unfortunately, local workers know from their experience with Workchoices that the Nationals are powerless to stop Tony Abbott and Arthur Sinodinis when they start attacking the rights of local workers.
"The Liberal Party has attacked workers before and we know they will do it again.
"While Warren Truss is in Adelaide today he should pledge to fight against any changes the Liberals want to make to our fair and balanced industrial relations system or come clean about what he knows the Liberals are planning."