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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.

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Labor votes against Open and Honest Unions

Disgraced Trade Union boss Craig Thomson was today joined by Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott, Bob Katter, Andrew Wilkie, the Greens and Labor to vote down greater transparency for unions and tougher penalties for union bosses who break the law.

The Coalition’s Private Member’s Bill to provide greater transparency and accountability to members of registered organisations for the organisations that they join was defeated 73 votes to 70 today.

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Shorten argues against his own policy

Despite Mr Shorten’s continued false propaganda, the facts around the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Act are clear:

Individual Flexibility Arrangements were created by the Labor Party. They are arrangements that are in place under Labor’s Fair Work Act right now.

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Labor’s dishonesty is offensive to workers

Mr Shorten has today continued his misinformation campaign about the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.

Last night he told Tony Jones that Labor’s Individual Flexibility Arrangements are AWA’s by another name:

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The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws

The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws will improve the prospects of higher real wages for Australian workers, lift standards of behaviour in trade unions, make it easier for small business to employ people and lift Australia’s productive capacity.

Our policy is part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan to create one million more jobs, lift real wages and have more competitive Australian businesses.

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Time for the Greens to shake Sheikh

Simon Sheikh's wild claim on radio 2CN yesterday that the Labor Party had withdrawn its assertion that he was a member for four years is not surprisingly contradicted today by NSW ALP Secretary, Sam Dastyari.

Yesterday's claim by Mr Sheikh is in the same vein as his equally improbable claim on 12 April, also on 2CN, that The Australian was retracting the same contention about him being a member of the Labor Party for four years.

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GetUp! should pack up!

“The ugly and dishonest campaign techniques of GetUp! have been soundly rejected by the Tasmanian people and need to be repudiated by the ALP,” Senator Abetz said today.

“GetUp! has been exposed as engaging in dishonest and underhand tactics in virtually every election in which they are involved.”

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Gillard must stand by her word on Joe McDonald

Reports today that militant union boss Joe McDonald has been allowed to re-join the Labor Party six years after he was expelled by then Labor Leader Kevin Rudd is to be condemned and Ms Gillard must intervene.

In 2007, Ms Gillard made the iron clad commitment that: “We’ve got zero tolerance for this kind of conduct. We’ve demonstrated that with Joe McDonald and in Government we’ll make sure that there is zero tolerance for unlawful conduct or thuggery.” (Julia Gillard, Channel Nine – Today Show, 22/06/2007)

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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.

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