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Carr stumped on reasons for promoting Obeid

Today in the Senate, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, could offer no excuse for repeatedly promoting Eddie Obeid when Premier of NSW.

Senator Carr had no credible answer to rebut former Premier, Morris Iemma’s charge that he had very publicly voted for Eddie Obeid to be a Cabinet Minister in order to send a message that Obeid’s candidacy should be supported.

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Labor’s Desperation Descends Even Further

The Coalition has clearly indicated there will be NO major changes to the GST distribution in Tasmania.

To add to this we have stated numerous times that we are committed to horizontal fiscal equalisation.

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Labor Desperation – Labor Lies

“Tasmanians won’t fall for Labor’s latest act of desperation with their campaign of pedalling lies over GST funding,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Having suffered from State Labor lies that they would do “no deal with the Greens” before the 2009 State election and the Federal Labor lies over “No Carbon Tax” before the 2010 Federal Election,, Tasmanians will rightly view this double act of Senator Wong and Premier Giddings with some cynicism.”

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More rights for union bosses gives green light to militancy

Bill Shorten’s announcement today expanding rights for union bosses even further seeking increased  access to workplaces, including forcing employers to pay for helicopter joy flights for union bosses to fly them out to offshore oil rigs, is just another broken promise from Labor in an effort to appease the union bosses.

In 2007, Julia Gillard promised not to change right of entry laws and said “I'm happy to do whatever you would like. If you'd like me to pledge to resign, sign a contract in blood, take a polygraph, bet my house on it, give you my mother as a hostage, whatever you'd like”.

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Fair Work appointments to undermine independence

Bill Shorten’s imminent appointments to the Fair Work Commission could damage the standing and independence of the tribunal and undermine the appointments process by laying it open to political interference.

Using the cover of some of the more benign recommendations from the Fair Work Review Mr Shorten has also legislated to create two new positions at the industrial tribunal. These would slot in at second and third place in the chain of command.

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Nothing to see here, move along: ACTU

The ACTU’s so-called consideration of the alleged independent review of union governance was a predictable flop according to the Opposition.

“When you have a handpicked reviewer making voluntary recommendations, you’ve got to wonder if it was something prepared in anticipation of the Melbourne Comedy Festival,” Senator Abetz said today.

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Essential Poll Shows Greens Still Extreme

“Today’s Essential Report on the Greens’ vote confirms the public believes their policies are too extreme, even after they dumped their specific policy measures in favour of general ‘principles’ and ‘aims’.”

“52% of those surveyed think that the Greens policies are too extreme, up from 47% in November.”

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Mighell’s Support for Shorten Says it All

“The fact that firebrand unionist Dean Mighell has stepped up to support Bill Shorten’s ill-advised endorsement of a conference celebrating union militancy two days ago highlights how partisan the  Minister and the Government have become,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Mighell’s support may also help explain the Minister’s paralysis in the face of shady money deals by Union bosses and their failure to disclose.”

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Shorten Must Not Attend Militant Union Conference

In the latest example of Mr Shorten acting as an ex-union boss first and a Minister last, he will tomorrow officially open the MUA’s conference titled “140 years of militant struggle”, which “bringstogether representatives from some of the most successful and militant trade unions from around Australia and the world.

“After recording an 8 year record high in strikes around Australia and witnessing the worst elements of militant unionists involved in the Grocon, Abigroup, Little Creatures and City West Water disputes, Mr Shorten is embracing militant union bosses and opening their conference,” Senator Abetz said today.

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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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