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Galleria tragedy highlights the need for national audit

The Electrical Trades Union (#ETUAus) has called for a national audit of all high voltage oil-insulated combined-fuse switches, following the recent explosion at Western Australia’s Galleria shopping centre. Read More >

Queenslanders overwhelmingly reject electricity asset privatisation at the ballot box

The people of Queensland have sent an unprecedented electoral message, rejecting the government of Campbell Newman and his agenda to privatise electricity assets, the Electrical Trades Union has said. Read More >

Latest Australian Energy Regulator report confirms privatising electricity assets hurts consumers

A new report from the independent Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has demonstrated once again how privatising electricity assets results in consumers paying more while facing a decline in service quality. Read More >

Attorney-General’s admission confirms Trade Union Royal Commission a political witch-hunt

Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed an extension to the length and funding of the Trade Union Royal Commission was not based on legal requests, but a decision of the Abbott Government. Read More >

Morrison’s “anti-migrant” union smear a deliberate deception to distract from failing jobs policies

A bizarre claim by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office that unions are “anti-migrant” is not only a baseless smear, but part of a desperate attempt by the Abbott Government to distract from major failings in their skills and employment policies that are driving a surge in unemployment. Read More >

Government urged to reject 457 visa review recommendations that would lead to cuts to skills training, wages, and language skills comment

The Federal Government has been urged to reject key recommendations of the independent panel reviewing the 457 visa program, released today, amid fears they will reduce investment in skills training, wages, lower English language requirements and abolish labour market testing.  Read More >

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