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.
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.
Julia Gillard made more dishonest statements in Hobart today about the GST.
The Coalition’s position on the distribution of the GST to the states is clear: we will not support or implement any proposal that disadvantages Tasmania.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
It’s always good to attend these PIR conferences which have become a cornerstone event in the workplace relations space. As I read through the programme I noted that as always you have a very balanced attendee list with representatives like Mr Shorten and myself but also union bosses.
It’s a true shame that this isn’t a two way street. That unions refuse to invite the other side of politics represents a regrettable mindset. That said, when you have unions like the Maritime Union celebrating 140 years of union militancy – read illegality and thuggery – I’m not sure that’s something that anyone would seek to be involved in.
“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.”