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Greens to amend McCarthyite Building & Construction Commission bill

Greens MP and employment and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says he will move to amend controversial building and construction commission laws.

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011 is due to be debated in the Parliament today and the government has said it wants it to pass the House of Representatives this week.

"In a democracy, people in the building industry shouldn't have fewer rights than accused criminals," Mr Bandt said.

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Breakdown in Qantas talks show reform needed: Bandt

Greens MP and employment and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt has said the failure of Qantas to continue talks with unions beyond today's deadline is very disappointing and reinforced the need for changes to the Fair Work Act.

Mr Bandt said he will give notice today of a bill to prevent employers such as Qantas using lockouts to avoid job security claims from unions in the future.

"At the heart of this dispute are workers' legitimate claims for job security."

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Bob Brown, Adam Bandt - press conference on a fairer mining tax and a safe exit from Afghanistan

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt outlined the Greens' position on the MRRT, namely to protect the revenue stream from moves in Parliament to further water down the mining tax.

The Greens will also move for a debate on setting a date for a safe exit of Australian troops from Afghanistan.

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Pay equity more important than surplus: Greens

Greens MP and employment and workplace relations spokesperson has welcomed the government's decision to get behind the push for equal pay by low paid community sector workers.

Mr Bandt said that the $2 billion to fund a pay rise was a significant commitment but achieving pay equity was more important than meeting the government's self-imposed deadline of getting the budget back into surplus.

"This is a great decision. The Greens have been right behind this for some time, pursuing the matter inside and outside Parliament."

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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