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Turnbull adopts Abbott ideology on IR appointments



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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MEMBER FOR GORTON

TURNBULL ADOPTS ABBOTT IDEOLOGY ON IR APPOINTMENTS

Malcolm Turnbull has adopted Tony Abbott’s hard line ideology on appointments to the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Since the election of the Abbott-Turnbull government two Employment Ministers have made ten appointments - all of whom have represented employers in one capacity or another and zero who have represented workers.

This conservative anti-worker Liberal Government has removed any pretence of impartiality from its Commission appointments.

The last time such blatant disregard was shown to impartiality in appointing Commissioners was by the Howard Government when none other than Tony Abbott was the Minister for Workplace Relations.

It’s disturbing to see Malcolm Turnbull making the same partisan decisions as Tony Abbott - there is no balance, no fairness and no effort to maintain the integrity of the Commission.

Sadly Malcolm Turnbull continues to take the same hard-line, ideological approach to workplace relations as his predecessor including a crusade to cut workers’ penalty rates.

Malcolm Turnbull has said he wants to be more inclusive of unions and working people but the actions of his Minister speak louder than his words.

Despite our concerns about the partisan nature of the appointments, we nonetheless congratulate the new appointees.

THURSDAY, 23 MARCH 2017

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