Employment & Workplace Relations

 

The Greens are committed to finishing the job of abolishing John Howard’s Work Choices and creating fairness in our workplaces. 

Adam is using his knowledge and experience as a former industrial lawyer to work for positive reforms such as flexible working arrangements for workers and putting job security at the heart of the Fair Work Act.

 

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Work Choices delivering hardship

27 Mar 2007

Of course we expect the government to come out swinging, bringing the 'bogeyman' of the union movement out yet again. How scary is that! Then Senator Troeth goes on to quote Michael Chaney as an independent commentator on how 'effective' Work Choices has been-a successful businessman. Do you know what I am scared of?

Of course we expect the government to come out swinging, bringing the 'bogeyman' of the union movement out yet again. How scary is that! Then Senator Troeth goes on to quote Michael Chaney as an independent commentator on how 'effective' Work Choices has been-a successful businessman. Do you know what I am scared of?

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Work Choices result in NSW foreshadows Senate poll

26 Mar 2007

"The only way to get rid of Work Choices is to rescue the Senate from Howard Government control," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"IR will be a major issue in this year's federal election, and people are particularly concerned about the impact on their kids."

"The only way to get rid of Work Choices is to rescue the Senate from Howard Government control," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"IR will be a major issue in this year's federal election, and people are particularly concerned about the impact on their kids."

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Slamming the door on workplace safety

09 Oct 2006

The Australian Greens will oppose the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment Bill 2005. We see this as yet another attack on Australian workers. In the last 12 months, the Howard government has fundamentally changed the way Australians are employed, and this is yet another go at watering down safety standards for workers of Australia.

The bill proposes to dramatically reduce the role of unions in relation to occupational health and safety arrangements in Commonwealth workplaces. It will affect the powers of Comcare and those of health and safety representatives in Commonwealth workplaces. As has already been stated by other senators, this government has had three separate attempts to pass this legislation. Now that the government has the numbers in the Senate, it unfortunately seems that it will be successful this time.

The Australian Greens will oppose the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment Bill 2005. We see this as yet another attack on Australian workers. In the last 12 months, the Howard government has fundamentally changed the way Australians are employed, and this is yet another go at watering down safety standards for workers of Australia.

The bill proposes to dramatically reduce the role of unions in relation to occupational health and safety arrangements in Commonwealth workplaces. It will affect the powers of Comcare and those of health and safety representatives in Commonwealth workplaces. As has already been stated by other senators, this government has had three separate attempts to pass this legislation. Now that the government has the numbers in the Senate, it unfortunately seems that it will be successful this time.

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Short-changing safety

04 Sep 2006

The Australian Greens oppose the OHS and SRC Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 as we believe this is yet another attack on Australian workers. In the past 12 months the Howard government has fundamentally changed the way Australians are employed and now, to our eyes, it wants to water down safety standards. This is another in a long list of bills relating to safety already before this chamber or that will be coming in the next few days, including the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment Bill 2005, which we believe has the effect of watering down safety standards by substantially reducing or removing union involvement when unions play such a key part in promoting safety and improving safety standards in the workplace.

The Australian Greens oppose the OHS and SRC Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 as we believe this is yet another attack on Australian workers. In the past 12 months the Howard government has fundamentally changed the way Australians are employed and now, to our eyes, it wants to water down safety standards. This is another in a long list of bills relating to safety already before this chamber or that will be coming in the next few days, including the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment Bill 2005, which we believe has the effect of watering down safety standards by substantially reducing or removing union involvement when unions play such a key part in promoting safety and improving safety standards in the workplace.

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Welfare to Work and Family Carers

15 Jun 2006

The Greens share the concerns articulated today by Senator Wong and Senator Bartlett.

But today I want to focus on one particular area of the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006. I have circulated an amendment to this legislation to deal with an issue that I have been raising repeatedly about this legislation whenever I can. That is the issue of family carers.

The Greens share the concerns articulated today by Senator Wong and Senator Bartlett.

But today I want to focus on one particular area of the Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (Welfare to Work and Other Measures) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006. I have circulated an amendment to this legislation to deal with an issue that I have been raising repeatedly about this legislation whenever I can. That is the issue of family carers.

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Work Choices Race to the Bottom

15 Jun 2006

The Greens will be supporting this motion to disallow the Workplace Relations Regulations 2006. In our contributions to the debate when the Work Choices bill passed through the Senate last year, we made clear our principal concerns.

The Greens will be supporting this motion to disallow the Workplace Relations Regulations 2006. In our contributions to the debate when the Work Choices bill passed through the Senate last year, we made clear our principal concerns.

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Welfare assault

05 Dec 2005

I believe Welfare to Work is a major assault on those on welfare, introducing harsh penalties for those on income support and cutting support to single parents and people living with disabilities. If this legislation goes through, these people, the most disadvantaged in our society, will have to learn to live on less, and I do not see how the government expects them to do so.

I believe Welfare to Work is a major assault on those on welfare, introducing harsh penalties for those on income support and cutting support to single parents and people living with disabilities. If this legislation goes through, these people, the most disadvantaged in our society, will have to learn to live on less, and I do not see how the government expects them to do so.

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Work 'Choices' - Bad Legislation

02 Dec 2005

This is bad legislation.

I said so in my speech on the second reading; I have said it repeatedly in committee. It is bad legislation. I tell you: employment is going to rise. Employment for lawyers is going to rise because there are so many problems with this legislation. People will have to have many lawyers. Workers will have to have lawyers to try to protect the rights that are being taken away. That is one area in which we know employment is going to improve.

This is bad legislation.

I said so in my speech on the second reading; I have said it repeatedly in committee. It is bad legislation. I tell you: employment is going to rise. Employment for lawyers is going to rise because there are so many problems with this legislation. People will have to have many lawyers. Workers will have to have lawyers to try to protect the rights that are being taken away. That is one area in which we know employment is going to improve.

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Exposing the building industry star chamber

29 Nov 2005

I rise today to speak against the passing into law of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 and to recommend that it be thrown out. This legislation is flawed. It is full of unintended consequences and loopholes. It is all bad, and it has no redeeming features. As I said, I do not think we should support it. This legislation fails the government's own test of fairness, simplicity and choice. The bill has unfair consequences for many in our society. It makes the industrial relations system in this country far more complex and removes choice for hundreds of thousands of Australian workers.

I rise today to speak against the passing into law of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 and to recommend that it be thrown out. This legislation is flawed. It is full of unintended consequences and loopholes. It is all bad, and it has no redeeming features. As I said, I do not think we should support it. This legislation fails the government's own test of fairness, simplicity and choice. The bill has unfair consequences for many in our society. It makes the industrial relations system in this country far more complex and removes choice for hundreds of thousands of Australian workers.

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Work 'Choices' - Australian families 'Collateral Damage'

28 Nov 2005

I rise today to speak against the passing into law of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 and to recommend that it be thrown out. This legislation is flawed. It is full of unintended consequences and loopholes. It is all bad, and it has no redeeming features. As I said, I do not think we should support it. This legislation fails the government's own test of fairness, simplicity and choice. The bill has unfair consequences for many in our society. It makes the industrial relations system in this country far more complex and removes choice for hundreds of thousands of Australian workers.

I rise today to speak against the passing into law of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 and to recommend that it be thrown out. This legislation is flawed. It is full of unintended consequences and loopholes. It is all bad, and it has no redeeming features. As I said, I do not think we should support it. This legislation fails the government's own test of fairness, simplicity and choice. The bill has unfair consequences for many in our society. It makes the industrial relations system in this country far more complex and removes choice for hundreds of thousands of Australian workers.

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