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WorkChoices is "unfinished business" under Malcolm Turnbull



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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MEMBER FOR GORTON

WORKCHOICES IS “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” UNDER MALCOLM TURNBULL

In a speech last night, former Prime Minister John Howard reminded Turnbull and his Liberals that changes to industrial relations - that is WorkChoices - is “unfinished business”.

Mr Howard’s speech is a reminder that the Liberals true mission is to create a low paid, easy-to-hire, easy-to-fire society.

While many see John Howard’s draconian WorkChoices laws as the worst attack on workers’ rights, it is this Turnbull government that takes the cake.

Turnbull and his Liberals are the most virulent anti-worker, anti-union government this country has ever seen.

Turnbull and his Liberals don’t only want to strip workers of their rights, they want to destroy the institutions responsible for upholding workers’ rights - unions.

So far this Government has introduced the unfair, undemocratic and unjustified ABCC, the disgraced Registered Organisations Commission, it has politicised a number of agencies and has stacked the Fair Work Commission.

The Turnbull Government also supports cutting penalty rates at a time when wages growth has hit record lows.

It is a government currently led by a man who thinks wages should be as low as possible. When he spoke in the Parliament in support of WorkChoices, Malcolm Turnbull said:

“You have to let the free market do its work and let the cost of setting the clearing price - be it for labour, shares, home units or loaves of bread - be as low as possible.”

Of particular concern is that there is absolutely no attempt by this government to try and attend to some of the inequality we are seeing in the labour market. Much less than a solution, there isn’t even a conversation about these issues.

They cannot even be trusted to receive a mandate from the voters when it comes to the changes they want.

We just have to remember the deceitful tactics used by John Howard. His WorkChoices legislation was not mentioned once by the Liberals before the 2004 election.

It’s only a matter of time before the next anti-worker piece of legislation is pursued by this unfair, out of touch government.

THURSDAY, 9 AUGUST 2018

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