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Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Dutton’s refusal to answer questions about Manus death beneath contempt: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, said Peter Dutton was beneath contempt for refusing to explain his government’s failure to notify a refugee’s wife that her husband had died on Manus Island earlier this week.

“Someone died on Tuesday morning under Peter Dutton’s watch. Although the government had time to leak information to the press that afternoon and arrange a negative story, they failed to notify his wife,” said Mr Bandt.

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Government loses - Bandt's Manus motion passes house

Government loses - Bandt's Manus motion passes house

Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt MP, provides the following comment on the government losing a vote on the floor of the house. The motion that passed the Senate last week (moved by the Greens’ Nick McKim and supported by Labor and a majority of the Senate) called on the government to support New Zealand's offer to accept 150 men from Manus Island.

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Senate report backs Greens on EMAs and s457 visas: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace spokesperson, Adam Bandt MP, has welcomed the tabling of a Senate Inquiry into section 457 visas and the Greens' bill to regulate Enterprise Migration Agreements.

While the Labor majority stopped short of calling for protections to be enshrined in law, the report accepted the principles underlying the bill and recommended much stronger government action on 457s and EMAs, including advertising jobs locally before approving EMAs.

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PM fight on overseas workers a show: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM's fight with Tony Abbott on overseas workers is a show with no substance.

Mr Bandt says Labor is not even requiring employers to advertise to local workers before recruiting overseas workers on s.457 visas.

"The PM is putting on a show but is not really putting local workers first," Mr Bandt said.

"If Labor was serious about protecting local jobs it would make employers advertise locally before being allowed to employ people on s.457 visas."

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PM overseas worker promise rings hollow: Bandt

Greens Deputy Leader and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says the PM's promise on s457 visas rings hollow, given the failure of the government to require jobs to be advertised locally first.

Allowing the big miners to use secret Enterprise Migration Agreements also showed the Labor government wasn't really serious about putting locals first, Mr Bandt said.

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