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Fair Work Bill 2008 - Second Reading Speech

Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (7.35 pm)- It is with a certain apprehension that I rise tonight to speak on the Fair Work Bill 2008, given how central a role industrial relations played in the 2007 election campaign and the demise of the Howard government. It is not surprising that many Australians and many workers have eagerly awaited this bill. Given the ALP's critique of Work Choices and its promise to rip it up, not to mention the party's history, the bill is surprising because it does not actually rip up Work Choices at all.

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Commonwealth-State Agreement for Skilling Australia’s Workforce

(Question No. 1230)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 22 January 2009:

To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education-For each of the years in which the Commonwealth-State Agreement for Skilling Australia's Workforce has operated, what has been the unit price per student contact hour paid to each state.

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Greens welcome ACOSS job creation push

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Australian Council of Social Services plans for ‘green job creation.'

"It certainly echoes the Greens' plans for creating Australia's future green economy and safeguarding our environment," said the Greens Housing Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

Last week Senator Ludlam called for the government to green-up the construction and building industry to create thousands of new jobs.

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Green agenda for Mayors' Summit

The Australian Greens say infrastructure, broadband and constitutional reform must be on the agenda today, when the first Mayors' Summit kicks off in Canberra.

"Today's summit presents a rare opportunity to develop a shared response to the environmental challenges we face," said the Greens Spokesperson for Local Government, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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