Media Releases 2015

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Recent Media Releases

Turnbull must reject Productivity Commission call to cut take-home pay

December 21, 2015

On the eve of Christmas, the Productivity Commission has recommended cutting the take-home pay of Australia’s lowest-paid workers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must now reject these recommendations and give certainty to families who rely on weekend penalty rates.

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Families put last in move to cut Paid Parental Leave

December 18, 2015

The Turnbull Government’s Paid parental Leave will lower family incomes forcing many parents to choose between putting very young babies in childcare, or women – and some men – stepping out of the workforce.

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Mr Turnbull: Why does the average Australian pay more tax than billion dollar companies?

December 17, 2015

Today’s release of ATO corporate tax figures shows how unfair the tax system has become, with 579 large public and foreign companies in Australia paying no tax last year. The responsibility for billions of dollars in lost corporate tax revenue falls on Australian working families.

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MYEFO missed the fiscal elephant in the room: falling revenue

December 15, 2015

ACTU’s response to the release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook today by Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann:

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Mid-year budget must address tax imbalances not cut services

December 15, 2015

The Government must deliver a credible plan to bring balance to the tax system and avoid unnecessary cuts in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) due today.

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Innovation high road must deliver for workers

December 7, 2015

Unions welcome the Government’s acknowledgement that Australia needs to focus on strategic investment in education, innovation and technologies as drivers of economic growth, following today’s innovation announcement.

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December 2, 2015

The ACTU welcomes the establishment of a review of not for profit superannuation governance. We are especially pleased that the review will be conducted by former RBA Governor, Bernie Fraser who is the public face of industry super in Australia and brings a deep understanding of the sector to the job.

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ACTU calls for TPP certainty as analysis shows Australia negotiated the “worst deal” on local jobs

November 27, 2015

Australian Unions are deeply concerned with aspects of the recently concluded Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, with an analysis of the text showing that Australia has negotiated the worst deal on safeguards for local jobs out of any of the 12 countries that are a part of the agreement.

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Families should not be punished while government ignores tax loopholes for the wealthy

November 26, 2015

Jay Weatherill’s proposals for changes to GST and income tax today are just smoke and mirrors disguising the real priorities for a fair tax system that the federal government chooses to ignore – making the wealthiest and companies pay their fair share.

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A commitment to paid domestic and family violence leave must be a Turnbull government priority

November 25, 2015

Domestic and family violence should not be a political issue. We call for a bipartisan approach and ask that the Turnbull government also commit to paid leave for those most at need.

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