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Greens win public service job cuts inquiry

Media Release
Adam Bandt 28 Nov 2012

As public servants across Australia are losing their jobs, the Australian Greens today have succeeded in establishing a Senate inquiry into how the Australian Government can better protect public sector workers from State Government attacks.

"Conservative governments are wielding the knife and public sector workers are looking to the federal Parliament to act,” Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Adam Bandt, said.

"So far the Federal Government's response has been limited. The Commonwealth could be doing much more to protect State public sector employees across the country and this inquiry will explore how."

"It's time to assess whether the Fair Work Act is properly protecting State public sector workers and the Senate support today will allow this inquiry to do that,” Mr Bandt said.

“Campbell Newman has slashed 14,000 Queensland public servants despite pre-election reassurances that he wouldn’t,” Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said.

“These people provide crucial services to the Queensland public, and they deserve better.

"The Greens will continue to work with Queensland public sector workers and their unions to ensure that our public servants have the same workplace rights as their federal counterparts do.”

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