The second day of Senate Estimates has revealed even more Labor waste and mismanagement.
Yesterday’s announcement by Bill Shorten with much fanfare that the Fair Work Commission would now take and arbitrate complaints of bullying has been quashed by the Fair Work Commission today.
In Senate Estimates, the Fair Work Commission advised that they have already told the Department of Finance that they could not afford these additional responsibilities without significant additional financial support. Fair Work President Iain Ross also noted that the Commission’s bench was close to capacity with the current case-load.
The Coalition has tabled a disallowance motion in an effort to stop Labor further weakening the Building Code.
Mr Shorten signed into law the new Building Code without any consultation in an effort to override State Government codes which seek to stamp out illegality, thuggery, bullying and intimidation in the industry.
The first day of Senate Estimates has again revealed an extraordinary litany of Labor waste and mismanagement.
It’s been revealed during Senate Estimates that Labor spent more than $440,000 a month to maintain an empty detention centre in Tasmania after it was closed and Labor promised not to re-open it.
“The revelations that it’s cost taxpayers more than $4 million dollars to maintain the empty Pontville Detention Centre in Tasmania is yet another gross example of Labor wasting taxpayers’ money,” Senator Abetz said today.
“Documents provided to the opposition (attached) show Labor’s financial waste has now led to the need to cut a 6 further jobs from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Hobart,” Senator Abetz said today.
“The sad fact is that Labor’s legacy of waste is now catching up with the community.”
After months of increasing tensions, the commencement of strike action today by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union at Pacific National Coal is set to wreak havoc for the NSW and national economies with a $50 million hit and $8 million loss of royalties to the cash-strapped NSW Government.
During the shutdown, PN Coal will be unable to load, haul and unload its coal trains in the NSW region, preventing more than 600,000 tonnes of coal from reaching the port.
“If you needed any further proof that Labor is refusing to address the chronic unemployment situation in Tasmania then it’s worth noting that despite Tasmania having the highest level of unemployment in the country, Federal Labor’s Employment spokesman, Minister Shorten failed to even mention Tasmania in his media conference following the release of the latest unemployment figures today,” Senator Abetz said today.
“Tasmania’s unemployment rate is at 7.8%, the second highest level in the last twelve months and almost a whole percentage point higher than this time last year as well as a significant increase on last month.”
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver’s address to the Press Club today is a vote of no confidence in the Fair Work Commission.
“Mr Oliver’s suggestion of inserting penalty rates and leave entitlements into legislation while there is an ongoing review of the Modern Awards taking place shows he has no confidence in the Commission taking a balanced approach on these issues,” Senator Abetz said today.