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Axing of vocational education and skills ministry reveals hollowness of Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” mantra

Malcolm Turnbull’s “jobs and growth” slogan has been exposed just weeks after the Federal Election, with the Prime Minister using his first cabinet reshuffle to axe the vocational education and skills portfolio. Read More >

Union welcomes backbencher’s honesty on ChAFTA

Government backbencher Andrew Laming has spilled the beans on the China Free Trade deal live on radio.   Read More >

Union welcomes leadership on steel

Thursday 16 June, 2016 A union representing more than 70,000 people working in high-skill blue-collar trades has welcomed the news that a Labor government will invest in Australian steel.   Read More >

Lives put at risk by free trade side deal that axes skills testing requirement for Chinese electricians

An agreement to immediately remove current requirements for Chinese electricians to undergo a skills assessment before being approved for a work visa — reached a fortnight ago by Trade Minister Andrew Robb — is reckless, dangerous, and will lead to lives being lost, the sparkies’ union has warned. Read More >

Super changes senseless, ideological: union

The Abbott government’s proposal to appoint additional external directors to industry super funds is an unnecessary ideological attack on the retirement savings of working Australians, a senior union leader has warned.  Read More >

Abbott reveals plan to cut TAFE funding to zero on National TAFE Day

The Abbott government has added insult to serious injury with its plan to de-fund TAFE entirely around the country by releasing the plan on National TAFE Day. Read More >

China FTA an irreversibly reckless move

The Abbott Government has been accused of selling out the future of Australian workers in the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement, to be signed this afternoon. Read More >


The union representing communications and electrical workers has cautiously welcomed changes to NBN contracting arrangements announced today, but said that greater transparency around compliance, governance and oversight is still needed. Read More >

Asbestos victims robbed to fund building industry watchdog

Last night’s budget saw victims of asbestos-related diseases robbed to beef up the controversial Fair Work Building Commission Inspectorate, according to the Electrical Trades Union. Read More >

Federal Budget a ‘cocktail of delusion and cynical politics’

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s budget is a cocktail of delusion and cynical politics, as the Federal Government attempts vainly to reconcile outdated ideological aims with the strategic goal of re-election, according to the Electrical Trades Union.  Read More >

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