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Speech: Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017

Speeches in Parliament
Lee Rhiannon 26 Aug 2017

Wednesday 9 August

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (18:55): I want to add the voice of the Greens to the opposition of what One Nation is bringing forward here. It's in no way an improvement. It's just out there doing more work for the coalition in a very ugly way and that would bring further hardship. It speaks volumes about what type of party One Nation is. Just because we're hearing from the likes of the minister of how they're doing it for the workers—and now we're hearing it from One Nation—doesn't mean that what people say is true. It's certainly not true because workers need unions. Workers need unions that are out there representing them, campaigning for them and getting better conditions. That's why we all can enjoy lunch breaks, holidays and superannuation—because people came together and they struggled. Yes, mistakes were made along the way, but we already have sufficient laws to tackle that. What One Nation is after is very punitive, very dangerous and should be defeated.

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