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Simon Sheikh's wild claim on radio 2CN yesterday that the Labor Party had withdrawn its assertion that he was a member for four years is not surprisingly contradicted today by NSW ALP Secretary, Sam Dastyari.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

Senate Opposition Leader, Senator Abetz, today said the Gillard Government was giving up on accountability by failing to answer questions placed on notice at Additional Senate Estimates in February.

Figures supplied by the Senate Clerk’s office show that 58% of questions on notice are still outstanding after two months, despite a requirement that all questions be answered by 12 April.

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Milne Must Make Sheikh Explain

“Greens Leader, Christine Milne, must exercise leadership and require her star Senate candidate, Simon Sheikh, to make a detailed public statement about his membership of the Labor Party,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Mr Sheikh has been floundering for days over whether he was a Labor Party member for one, two or more years.”

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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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