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17    Industry— Tesla Inc.

Senator Bernardi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 605—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes claims, published in Newsweek on 26 November 2017, that Tesla, a US-listed company with Mr Elon Musk as its CEO, has sacked 700 workers and stands accused of ‘trying to force them to avoid criticizing the company and its famous CEO’, and that ‘the mass firings targeted pro-union, LGBT and black employees’;

               (b)       further notes claims, published in Fortune magazine on 1 November 2017, noting that ‘United Auto Workers filed a complaint against Tesla on 25 October 2017, claiming the company fired workers who were trying to unionize’;

                (c)       observes that the South Australian Premier (Mr Weatherill) has indicated that he plans to travel to Jamestown, South Australia, this week to celebrate switching on Mr Musk’s Tesla-provided battery before 1 December 2017; and

               (d)       calls on the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments to cease any involvement with Mr Musk and his companies until the claims of targeting union members and LGBT and African-American employees are resolved.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath) and Senators Chisholm and Bernardi, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.