Greens Caught Out Over 457 Hypocrisy

Today it has been revealed that former GetUp National Director Simon Sheikh's Greens Senate campaign advertised overseas for a data manager to manage volunteers, donor and voter contact details, and to assist with websites and emails.

The Greens weren't offering to pay wages for the six months' work - only for a ticket to Australia, plus food and accommodation.

“Simon Sheikh must divulge whether he approved his campaign manager advertising for a foreign worker to play a key role with his campaign,” Senator Abetz said today.

“The Greens want to compel employers to advertise jobs locally before advertising overseas, but the ACT Greens have been exposed as doing precisely the opposite.”

“Mr Sheikh's campaign had tried to lure cheap labour from overseas using the inducement of a free trip to Australia and misrepresentations about Coalition policies,” Senator Abetz said.

In February, Greens Leader, Christine Milne, railed against alleged Coalition plans to "undermine labour standards and conditions and bring in more 457 visa holders to exploit.”

“It appears however that the only exploitation is being done by the Greens themselves,” Senator Abetz said.
 
“Whether it's accepting the biggest political donation in Australia's political history or, like their last Senate candidate, driving a “gas guzzling” four wheel drive, the Greens have never been short on hypocrisy.”

Senator Abetz said he was not surprised by today's revelation.

“Senator Milne’s failure to condemn the ACT Greens campaign tactic says it all,” Senator Abetz said.

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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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