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.

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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.

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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.

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Harnessing the Ageing Boom

Opening Address to the A Future without Age Conference, NSW Parliament House, Sydney

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‘You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake’ – so quipped Bob Hope.

And as more Australians are experiencing that (only) welcome cost of living increase, it is important that we as a society engage in discussion on Productive Ageing.

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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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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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