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Government still silent on employment services funding

It is clear that the Government is not interested in providing assistance to people to help them understand the new Workplace laws and wants to cut access to independent advice.

When I cross-examined the Office of the Employment Advocate (now operating under the Workplace Ombudsman and the Workplace Authority) in May 2007 they were unable to justify the funding cuts to CLCs.

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Government still silent on employment services funding

The Government has cut funding to community legal centres helping people confused by its red tape of Work Choices.

"It is clear that the Government is not interested in providing assistance to people to help them understand these laws and wants to cut access to independent advice.

When Senator Siewert cross-examined the Office of the Employment Advocate (now operating under the Workplace Ombudsman and the Workplace Authority) in May 2007 they were unable to justify the funding cuts to CLCs.

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Government cuts legal centre funds as demand for workplace advice rises

"With increasing numbers of employers and employees struggling to negotiate the complex legislative tangle of Work Choices it makes little sense for the Government to cut the funding for workplace advice," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

When Senator Siewert cross-examined the Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) in Senate Estimates today they were unable to justify why they had cut funding to community legal centres (CLCs) for providing workplace advice.

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Laws of terror

Rachel Siewert 5 Dec 2005

(Please note - owing to the Government guillotining of debate, the written version of this speech was incorporated into Hansard rather than being read in).

As advocates of free speech, participatory democracy and fundamental human rights the Greens oppose this proposed legislation.
We do this because we are proud of, and believe in our nation and believe in our duty to advocate for Australia's best interest.

We are being told -

"...if you don't support this you are un-Australian."

These terrorism laws are actually un-Australian.

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