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.

Continue Reading

Harnessing the Ageing Boom

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

 Check against delivery.

‘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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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:

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Address to the Australian Industry Group PIR Conference

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.

Continue Reading

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.”

Continue Reading

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.

Read more


136 Davey Street
Hobart  TAS  7001

(03) 6224 3707