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Greens move bill to protect local jobs from Rinehart-style EMA deals

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the government's deal with Gina Rinehart has revealed the threat to local jobs from Enterprise Migration Agreements (EMA).

Mr Bandt says the Greens will give notice of legislation today to regulate EMAs and ensure that the government and employers are required to put local jobs first.

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Govt reneging on skills promise

Greens MP and employment and industry spokesperson, Adam Bandt, says the government is ignoring commitments made at Budget time last year to train Australian workers.

The Greens warned at the time that the government's skills package could lead to the mining industry ignoring Australian workers and our worst fears seem to be coming true, Mr Bandt said.

Mr Bandt called for the urgent fast-tracking of a National Skills Register that would help find work for skilled people in the non-mining states on mining and resource projects.

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Parliament condemns Malaysia Deal

A motion condemning the government's Malaysia refugee deal moved by
Greens MP Adam Bandt has passed the House of Representatives.

The motion supported 70-68 had previously passed the Senate and its
passage means for the first time since the last election both houses of
Parliament have condemned a policy of the government.

"The Parliament has sent a clear message to the Prime Minister that the
government does not have the support of Parliament for this deal."

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