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Safe Work Australia needs to be fair

The Australian Greens said today that the Government's proposal for a new national Occupational Health & Safety body needed to be strengthened to provide for better representation of workers and employers and increased independence.

"Robust and effective occupational health and safety laws and practices are vital for the social and economic health of our workplaces and Australians and their families," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Fairness for who? Not workers, say Greens

The Government's release of fact sheets on their new industrial relations proposals reveals the deception at the heart of their ‘Forward with Fairness' policy, say the Australian Greens.

"This Government is not ripping up Work Choices but merely papering over some of the more extreme elements while keeping the basic architecture," said Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on industrial relations.

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ALP leave gaps in Industrial Relations

The Press Club address today by Minister Gillard on the ALP's planned changes to the industrial relation system was notable more for what it left out, rather than what was actually said, say the Australian Greens.

"Most of the speech was merely re-stating the Government's policy, when what the community really needs is the detail," said Australian Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Star Chamber now under review

One of the many travesties of the Howard Government was the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and the enacting of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII).

Together these represent John Howard's industrial relations agenda at its most extreme - explicitly anti-worker and using the power of the State against individuals in an ideological pursuit.

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Greens start Senate inquiry into ABCC

The Australian Greens today succeeded in getting a new Senate Inquiry called into the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), as a first step towards the eventual abolition of the Commission.

"I'm very pleased that the Bill I introduced in the Senate enabling the abolition of the ABCC and repealing the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII), has been referred to committee for full inquiry and review," said Australian Greens spokesperson on Industrial Relations, Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens introduce Bill to abolish ABCC

The Australian Greens today introduced a Bill in the Senate that will repeal the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII) and abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC).

"The ABCC represents the Howard Government's Work Choices agenda at its most extreme, and yet the Rudd Government has dragged its heels in addressing these injustices," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Well the Greens are not prepared to sit back while this travesty of justice continues."

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Greens move to restore workplace rights in building industry

The Australian Greens today gave notice in the Senate they will move a motion to repeal the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 (BCII) and abolish the Australian Building & Construction Commission (ABCC).

"The BCII Act and ABCC represent John Howard's industrial relations agenda at its most extreme - explicitly anti-worker and using the power of the State against individuals in an ideological pursuit," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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