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Key test for Labor on lawlessness



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SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

MEDIA RELEASE

27 March 2017

Key test for Labor on lawlessness

Bill Shorten and the Australian Labor Party face an important test today on whether they support their own Fair Work Laws. Later today, I will move that the Senate:

1. Notes that the Fair Work Act 2009 passed the Parliament, with the support of the Hon. Bill Shorten MP and that the Bill was circulated under the name of the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Hon. Julia Gillard MP;

2. Notes that the Hon. Bill Shorten MP enhanced some of the penalties for breaching the Fair Work Laws when he was Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations; 3. Calls on all employers, employees and other groups to abide by the Fair Work Laws; and 4. Condemns any expressions for support of breaching the Fair Work Laws by employers,

employees or other groups.

“This simple and straight forward motion simply calls on all parties to abide by the Fair Work Laws which were implemented by Julia Gillard and overseen by Bill Shorten as Minister,” Senator Abetz said today.

“Quite simply: does Bill Shorten support himself and his own judgement or has he sold himself out and running a protection racket for the extremist ACTU led by Ms McManus who recently said it was okay to breach the law if you disagree with it?”

“Supporting this motion should be an absolute no-brainer for any mainstream political party that supports the rule of law.”

“This is an important test for Bill Shorten and the Australian Labor Party,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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