Kate Ellis out of her Depth

“Acting Workplace Relations Minister Kate Ellis who’s been left in charge in Bill Shorten’s absence is sadly out of her depth when it comes to the Workplace Relations portfolio if today’s media release by her is any indication,” Senator Abetz said today.

Labor’s hypocrisy, it seems, has no bounds.

  • Labor demands a debate and then pulls a no show;
  • Labor demands a release of policy but refuses to release its own; and
  • Labor tells us that the Fair Work Act is so balanced it’s needed over 400 pages of amendments.
  • “Yesterday, I turned up to debate Mr Shorten or any other Labor representative at the 8th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association Congress in Melbourne and not one of the 102 Labor Parliamentarians bothered to show up,” Senator Abetz said.

“If Labor truly believed that the Fair Work Act is so ‘balanced’ as claimed by Ms Ellis, why has there been the need to introduce more than 400 pages of amendments since its inception?

“Or can we take it from Minister Ellis’s remarks today that Labor is intending to shelve the latest Fair Work Amendment Bill?”

“And if it’s so pressing that the Coalition releases its workplace relations policy perhaps Ms Ellis might like to explain why Labor hasn’t released its 2013 election manifesto?”

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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