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7-Eleven head office must be made responsible for owed payments: Greens

In light of 7-Eleven management sacking the independent Fels Wage Fairness Panel, Greens Employment spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today called on the government and Labor to get behind the Greens’ bill to make head offices legally responsible for the pay and conditions of the workers in its franchises.

“The latest action by 7-Eleven head office shows the need to change the law to hold large corporations to account and prevent future 7-Eleven style rampant worker exploitation,” Mr Bandt said.

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Greens unveil plans for an Innovation Nation

The Australian Greens have today released a comprehensive Innovation Policy to back startup enterprises, support STEM education and boost innovation funding.

The policy was launched in Melbourne today with Innovation spokesperson Nick McKim, Industry and Science spokesperson Adam Bandt and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball.

“The Australian Greens will reinvigorate the minds of Australian entrepreneurs by reinvesting the funding to the Entrepreneur’s Infrastructure Program,” Senator McKim said.

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Auto industry left crashing while Labor & Liberals asleep at the wheel

Greens Industry spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Australian auto industry has crashed because Labor and the Liberals have been asleep at the wheel. In February last year the Greens proposed a plan to allow new carmakers and component manufacturers to access the existing hundreds of millions of dollars allocated in the Automative Transformation Scheme if they were manufacturing vehicles or parts for electric or alternative fuel vehicles, or parts for renewables.  Neither Labor nor the Liberals supported the move.

 

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Landmark report shows need to modernise logging industry

Adam Bandt 13 May 2016

Landmark report shows need to modernise logging industry

In light of a landmark report by the NSW National Parks Association on the failure of the Regional Forests Agreements, the Australian Greens say the time has come to transition the logging industry out of native forests, to 100% plantation-based wood products.

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Greens will reverse cuts to Australia Council & the arts

Adam Bandt 13 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said the Greens will reverse the Liberals’ devastating cuts to the Australia Council following reports that up to 50 previously funded organisations have lost funding, including in the electorate of Melbourne.

“This is a tough week in a grim year for artists and people working in the arts right across the country,” Mr Bandt said.

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Only party preferencing Liberals is Labor: Bandt

Adam Bandt 10 May 2016

Greens Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt MP today said the only party preferencing the Liberals is Labor.

“There is no deal. Let's be clear about what is going on here. Labor is desperately pleading for Liberal preferences to hang on to their inner-city seats,” Mr Bandt said.

“The most likely deal is one between Labor and Liberal, just like at the last election, where they joined up to try and stop the Greens from winning Melbourne.”

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Government arts funding decision ‘disturbing’: Greens

Adam Bandt 9 May 2016

Greens Arts spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said it was disturbing that the government has allocated almost half of the four year Catalyst funding in its first year after news broke that the government has announced millions of dollars in further grants ahead of the caretaker period.

“It is disturbing that on the eve of the election the government has spent almost half of Catalyst’s four year funding in its very first year,” Mr Bandt said.

“This is why arts funding should be kept at arm’s length from ministers, especially in election years.”

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