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Law change needed to help nurses: Bandt

Responding to Minister Shorten's statement on the nurses dispute Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says Minister Shorten needs to do more than just talk.

Mr Bandt says urging the parties into a private arbitration won't change the intransigence of the Victorian Government and won't overcome the legal barriers to Fair Work arbitrating on nurse/patient ratios. He has urged Mr Shorten to get behind his bill to allow Fair Work to settle the dispute.

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Bandt moves bill to resolve nurses dispute

Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the nurses dispute could be resolved if the Gillard government backs his Fairer Bargaining Bill to be introduced into Parliament on Monday.

Mr Bandt says that workers in essential services, like nurses, are unfairly disadvantaged because their rights to take industrial action are limited and Fair Work Australia is barred from arbitrating on key issues such as nurse/patient ratios.

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Greens secure $165 million for dental health

Adam Bandt 14 Feb 2012

Greens' spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale, and Greens MP, Adam Bandt, said today that the Greens had secured $165 million in funding for dental health. The commitment to allocate the money raised by the Medicare Levy Surcharge towards dental care comes in response to the Greens support for passage of the Government's private health insurance package.

"Access to dental care is one of the biggest areas of inequality in Australia," said Senator Di Natale.

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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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12,000 Reasons to say no to medical research cuts in Budget

Adam Bandt 9 May 2011

Greens MP Adam Bandt met with medical research scientists today in a final call on the government to not cut health and medical research in tomorrow's Budget.

The scientists from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research presented Mr Bandt with a petition signed by 12,000 medical scientists, patients and supporters.

"Medical research is central to this nation's health and our country's economy," Mr Bandt said.

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