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August 2018

15/08/2018

New Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO

The Australian Government has today announced the appointment of Ms Justine Ross as Chief Executive Officer of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.

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The Australian Government has today announced the appointment of Ms Justine Ross as Chief Executive Officer of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
13/08/2018

Building Ministers work towards a better, safer future

Australia’s Building Ministers have agreed to develop an implementation plan for reforms aimed at ensuring the safety of the building and construction sector.

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Australia’s Building Ministers have agreed to develop an implementation plan for reforms aimed at ensuring the safety of the building and construction sector.
11/08/2018

Shorten must ensure Husar’s staff are now put first

Workplace Minister Craig Laundy has called on Bill Shorten to ensure staff at the centre of bullying allegations in the office of the Member for Lindsay now have access to appropriate assistance.

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Workplace Minister Craig Laundy has called on Bill Shorten to ensure staff at the centre of bullying allegations in the office of the Member for Lindsay now have access to appropriate assistance.
02/08/2018

REAPING THE BENEFITS OF THE NEW INTERNET

Melbourne-based company YBF Ventures will use a $500,000 Australian Government grant to expand its innovation hub in support of Australian start-ups developing Web 3.0 technology.

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Melbourne-based company YBF Ventures will use a $500,000 Australian Government grant to expand its innovation hub in support of Australian start-ups developing Web 3.0 technology.
01/08/2018

Government welcomes first day of family and domestic violence leave

The Turnbull Government has today welcomed the first day of family and domestic violence leave for up to 2.3 million workers, while committing to extend the entitlement to a further six million workers.

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The Turnbull Government has today welcomed the first day of family and domestic violence leave for up to 2.3 million workers, while committing to extend the entitlement to a further six million workers.

July 2018

31/07/2018

More jobs, less inequality – it’s a fact

The release today of annual data on household income and labour has demolished Labor’s claims of growing inequality in Australia.

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The release today of annual data on household income and labour has demolished Labor’s claims of growing inequality in Australia.
31/07/2018

Making Fair Work system easier for small and family business

Minister Laundy has officially launched a plan by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) aimed at reducing complexity and improving access to small and family business owners.

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Minister Laundy has officially launched a plan by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) aimed at reducing complexity and improving access to small and family business owners.
30/07/2018

TAKING PRODUCTS TO MARKET WITH $3.5M IN GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Eleven businesses across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia have been offered $3.5 million of Accelerating Commercialisation (AC) funding, bringing them closer to launching their innovations in local and international markets.

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Eleven businesses across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia have been offered $3.5 million of Accelerating Commercialisation (AC) funding, bringing them closer to launching their innovations in local and international markets.
26/07/2018

Queensland provides preview of future under Shorten

The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to appoint a notorious CFMEU bully to the Queensland Building and Construction is an indicator of what would happen under a Shorten Labor Government.

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The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to appoint a notorious CFMEU bully to the Queensland Building and Construction is an indicator of what would happen under a Shorten Labor Government.
25/07/2018

Labor needs to ensure staff are getting the right workplace advice

After appearing on Sky News this morning encouraging workers to contact Fair Work if they have bullying concerns, I was gobsmacked to hear Labor contacted media denying their own federal electoral office staff are covered by the Fair Work Act.

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After appearing on Sky News this morning encouraging workers to contact Fair Work if they have bullying concerns, I was gobsmacked to hear Labor contacted media denying their own federal electoral office staff are covered by the Fair Work Act.
19/07/2018

Independent Parliamentary Budget Office exposes Shorten’s lies

Bill Shorten’s false claims about so-called insecure work lie in tatters today, following an analysis published by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).

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Bill Shorten's false claims about so-called insecure work lie in tatters today, following an analysis published by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).

May 2018

16/05/2018

VICTORIAN DPP DECISION ON BLACKMAIL CHARGES

A decision by the Victorian DPP to drop blackmail charges against the state’s CFMEU branch leaders does not alter the union’s history as one of the country’s most unlawful organisations.   “On this occasion the Victorian DPP decided not to proceed with the charges and this is of course a matter for them to determine. […]

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A decision by the Victorian DPP to drop blackmail charges against the state’s CFMEU branch leaders does not alter the union’s history as one of the country’s most unlawful organisations.   “On this occasion the Victorian DPP decided not to proceed with the charges and this is of course a matter for them to determine. However, this can hardly be taken to be evidence that the CFMEU is a responsible union that plays by the rules,” Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said.
14/05/2018

Grants help businesses take the sting out of commercialisation

An Australian company taking the fear out of children’s medical procedures by turning them into a virtual reality adventure is among 13 innovators being offered more than $6.6 million in development funding.   Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy today announced grants, provided under the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the […]

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An Australian company taking the fear out of children’s medical procedures by turning them into a virtual reality adventure is among 13 innovators being offered more than $6.6 million in development funding.   Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation Craig Laundy today announced grants, provided under the Accelerating Commercialisation element of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, helping businesses undertake commercialisation activities.

April 2018

26/04/2018

Minister welcomes FWO Small Business Showcase

Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, today welcomed the launch of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business Showcase. The online hub has information for different stages of a small business including hiring, paying employees, keeping the right records and managing employees.

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Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, today welcomed the launch of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Small Business Showcase. The online hub has information for different stages of a small business including hiring, paying employees, keeping the right records and managing employees.
21/04/2018

Shorten Confirms McManus As Shadow IR Minister

The Labor Party has confirmed that it has no forward looking agenda when it comes to workplace relations, jobs or the economy – they are simply waiting by the phone for direction from trades hall, picking up out-dated, reckless policies at the direction of the union movement. Their agenda will cost hard working Australians their […]

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The Labor Party has confirmed that it has no forward looking agenda when it comes to workplace relations, jobs or the economy – they are simply waiting by the phone for direction from trades hall, picking up out-dated, reckless policies at the direction of the union movement. Their agenda will cost hard working Australians their jobs, they are anti-small business and they will turn our country’s economy and workplace relations framework back decades.
12/04/2018

Labor and ACTU’s plan to #break-the-economy

Labor has left the door wide open for the ACTU’s blueprint to destroy millions of jobs and plunge Australia into industrial chaos not seen since the 1970s.

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Labor has left the door wide open for the ACTU’s blueprint to destroy millions of jobs and plunge Australia into industrial chaos not seen since the 1970s.

March 2018

05/03/2018

Unions Are Not Above The Law

Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have […]

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Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have taken throughout the world, in Nazi Germany, in a whole lot of places”. Not only are these comments offensive, they are completely reckless coming from the head of Australia’s union movement.
26/03/2018

Government to extend family and domestic violence leave

The Turnbull Government will ensure that up to a further six million workers covered by the Fair Work Act will have access to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year. This follows a decision by the independent Fair Work Commission today to provide 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave […]

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The Turnbull Government will ensure that up to a further six million workers covered by the Fair Work Act will have access to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year. This follows a decision by the independent Fair Work Commission today to provide 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave per year to up to 2.3 million people on modern awards. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, and the Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, said the Government welcomed the Commission’s decision, which followed careful examination of the issue.
27/03/2018

Killarnee Decision Affirms Amerind On Workers’ Entitlements

The Australian Government has secured directions from the Full Federal Court of Australia in a judgment this week that maintains protection of workers’ entitlements where their employer is an insolvent corporate trustee. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said the Federal Court’s directions in Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors […]

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The Australian Government has secured directions from the Full Federal Court of Australia in a judgment this week that maintains protection of workers’ entitlements where their employer is an insolvent corporate trustee. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy, said the Federal Court’s directions in Killarnee Civil & Concrete Contractors Pty Ltd has confirmed the priority for workers, noting the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery Program’s recent success in appealing the 2017 decision in Amerind Pty Ltd (which confirmed that the priority for employees will also apply in the Victorian Supreme Court).
05/03/2018

Unions Are Not Above The Law

Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have […]

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Australia’s most senior union official has once again declared that she believes unions are above the law. Speaking on ABC television last night, the ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said “If a law is unjust or if it’s unfair, it is OK in some circumstances to not follow it… It’s a basic principle that people have taken throughout the world, in Nazi Germany, in a whole lot of places”. Not only are these comments offensive, they are completely reckless coming from the head of Australia’s union movement.
09/03/2018

CFMEU fined again for building-site lawlessness

In yet another example of the endemic lawlessness of the CFMEU the Federal Court has today handed down fines totalling $817,500 against the union and its officials after they were found to have illegally shut down two major Brisbane worksites in 2013.

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In yet another example of the endemic lawlessness of the CFMEU the Federal Court has today handed down fines totalling $817,500 against the union and its officials after they were found to have illegally shut down two major Brisbane worksites in 2013.