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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ACOSS National Conference

25 Mar 2013 | 9:30 am

Senators Penny Wright, Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam to speak at the ACOSS National Conference.

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New intervention measures are based on the wrong approach

14 Dec 2011

As it introduces new intervention measures in the Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk about the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

As it introduces new intervention measures in the Northern Territory, the Government is keen to talk about the effectiveness of existing policies in tackling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

06 Nov 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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Greens vow to fight for indigenous communities as second report highlights policy failures

09 Aug 2011

The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’. 
The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.
“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.
Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.
“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.
“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.

The Australian Greens have vowed to continue fighting for Aboriginal communities after an Amnesty International report condemned the Federal Government’s abandonment of remote communities in the NT in favour of ‘growth towns’. 


The Amnesty report comes just one day after another highly critical report revealed the expensive gap between policy intent and implementation.


“I welcome the spotlight being returned to examine the state of Aboriginal housing, health, education and disadvantage in this country,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.


“While these reports highlight major deficiencies in the current delivery of services, the Australian Greens have already been making significant inroads on some of these issues.


Senator Siewert has recently introduced pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Native Title and re-instating the Racial Discrimination Act in the NT.


“Now that the evidence is beginning to stack up against the past policies of both the Labor Government and the previous Liberal Government, it is impossible for the two old parties to ignore the need for communities to gain control over their own lives.


“The Northern Territory Intervention and compulsory income management was a terrible violation of those principles of self-determination, consultation and partnership, and it is time to unwind these policies and start returning control to communities,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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Workplace Relations

23 Jun 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. I refer to the fact that Fair Work Australia has recently accepted that community sector workers are underpaid on the basis of gender. The tribunal called for submissions from the parties before making a final decision and has encouraged parties to negotiate. I would like to ask: what is the government doing now to engage in a genuine, meaningful way with this process?

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (14:17):  My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations. I refer to the fact that Fair Work Australia has recently accepted that community sector workers are underpaid on the basis of gender. The tribunal called for submissions from the parties before making a final decision and has encouraged parties to negotiate. I would like to ask: what is the government doing now to engage in a genuine, meaningful way with this process?

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Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011

16 Jun 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (17:55):  The Greens do not support the punitive approaches and policies of the previous government that this government seeks to continue. We believe that such policies attempt to penalise job seekers rather than offering them the vital support needed to overcome the many and complex barriers they face in finding employment. The Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011 that we are debating today does not supply or provide support to these people but rather undermines positive changes made to the system three years ago and drags us back to the ineffective and damaging system that existed in the Howard years.

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Fair Work decision demands Government response

06 May 2011

The decision by Fair Work Australia to allow United Voice to bargain on behalf of low-paid aged care workers is an important step in tackling the wages gap, but unless Government commits to fully funding the increase, better wages may come at the cost of job losses and reduced services, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

The decision by Fair Work Australia to allow United Voice to bargain on behalf of low-paid aged care workers is an important step in tackling the wages gap, but unless Government commits to fully funding the increase, better wages may come at the cost of job losses and reduced services, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens seek jobs with justice

05 May 2011

The Australian Greens continue to pressure the Government to act on failings in its flagship Indigenous housing program SIHIP, which was meant to be a key plank of the NT Intervention.

The Australian Greens continue to pressure the Government to act on failings in its flagship Indigenous housing program SIHIP, which was meant to be a key plank of the NT Intervention.

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Gillard’s welfare policies more rubbery than her figures

02 May 2011

While the Prime Minister continues to imply that there are hundreds of thousands of Australians on unemployment benefits who are unwilling to work, the Australian Greens say this is not the case, with the focus on tough talk and misleading figures coming at the expense of effective action.

While the Prime Minister continues to imply that there are hundreds of thousands of Australians on unemployment benefits who are unwilling to work, the Australian Greens say this is not the case, with the focus on tough talk and misleading figures coming at the expense of effective action.

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