Media Releases

Senate Estimates - Highlights from Day One: 27 May 2013

Government revealed as incompetent and untrustworthy

Budget’s carbon price projections just wishful thinking

Senate Estimates heard today that the forward price on the European market for December 2016 carbon permits is $5.42.  This is less than half the $12.10 price contained in the Budget’s forward estimates.   If the market is correct and the price in 2016 is only $5.42 there will be a $2b shortfall in Government revenue in 2015-16 and $4b in 2016-17.

Continue Reading

“Guards were NOT asleep” – Department

The Immigration Department has denied reports that Australian guards contracted by the Department to escort a prisoner who escaped whilst in transit in Bangkok were asleep when the man escaped.

The Department’s denial contradicts reports in the Bangkok Post that the man fled from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand after disarming a security system while his Australian guards took a nap.

Continue Reading

Overseas Investors Snub Tasmania’s Labor/Green Government

Senate Estimates has revealed that not a single overseas investor has taken up the offer of Labor’s much trumpeted “Significant Investor Visa” program in Tasmania.

Labor’s scheme was designed to attract migrant investors to Australia but despite there being some interest in other States there has been not one single application to invest in Tasmania out of the 435 applications to the 30th of April 2013.

Continue Reading

Union Boss confirms worst fears: CFMEU to keep being militant

Victorian CFMEU Secretary John Setka's comments today that the CFMEU will remain a "militant union" and continue to "break a law a little bit" must be condemned in the strongest terms by Labor and the ACTU.

This comes days after links between the CFMEU and the Comanchero Bikie Gang were established and the Supreme Court making 5 findings of contempt against the CFMEU.

Continue Reading

Decision on Grocon welcome

The Victorian Supreme Court's decision on the CFMEU's contempt of court orders relating to the Grocon dispute is welcome.

The Court found the CFMEU guilty on all 5 charges of contempt.

Continue Reading

Labor should cut links with CFMEU/Comancheros

Reports today that members of the Comanchero Bikie Gang have deep links with the CFMEU in Victoria are of very deep concern.

“The mounting evidence that the CFMEU has links to bikie gangs and underworld figures confirms the need for the Australian Building and Construction Commission,” Senator Abetz said today.

Continue Reading

Labor must come clean on Industry 2020

Labor must come clean on the secretive AWU slush-fund Industry 2010 that is controlled by former AWU boss and new Labor MP Cesar Melham.

“This fund is seemingly being used to gain power both within the union movement and the Victorian Division of the Australian Labor Party and it’s time that ALP figures including Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten, Daniel Andrews and Cesar Melhem come clean about their involvement,” Senator Abetz said today.

Continue Reading

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

Read more

Contact

136 Davey Street
Hobart  TAS  7001

(03) 6224 3707

Senator.Abetz@aph.gov.au

e-newsletter