Labor a no-show at workplace relations debate

Not one of Labor’s 102 parliamentary representatives could be found to represent Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten at a debate today at the 8th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association Congress in Melbourne today.

“After accepting the debate some months ago, understandably Mr Shorten pulled out to visit China but not one Labor MP was put up in his place to debate the Coalition on workplace relations issues,” Senator Abetz said today.

“This would have been the first debate between Mr Shorten and myself on workplace relations. Given the overrepresentation of ex-union officials in the Parliamentary Labor Party, one would have thought that one of them would have been found willing to defend Labor’s workplace relations approach.”

“It is also ironic that in this ‘Asian Century’ a congress that had 25 different countries represented was snubbed by the Labor Party.”

Senator Abetz told the congress that the workplace relations policy of the Coalition would be based on balance – providing practical solutions so everyone can get ahead.

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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