Policies, Publications & Submissions: 2017

Inquiry into the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Amendment (Support for Commonwealth Entities) Bill 2016

Media Release - March 15, 2017


The ACTU believes that the proposed amendments should not be supported.

Australia’s local industries require more rather than less support in order to sustain and create job growth. Manufacturing in particular plays a large role in innovation and needs to be supported by relevant government policies.

In addition, further reforms are necessary to ensure that Efic’s procedures are consistent with international standards and that taxpayers can be assured that their money is not contributing to human rights abuses.

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ACTU Submission to the Finkel Inquiry

Media Release - March 8, 2017

Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market

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ACTU submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services: Stage Two

Media Release - February 10, 2017

• Since June 2016 the Productivity Commission has been running an inquiry that seeks to determine “the services within the human services sector that are best suited to the increased application of competition, contestability and informed user choice”.

• Note the lack of any analysis of ‘if’ they would benefit.
• The inquiry has now gone through two rounds of submissions in the first stage, which aimed at ‘identifying sectors for reform’. The sectors identified are:
o Social housing
o Public hospitals
o Specialist palliative care
o Public dental
o Services for remote indigenous communities
o ‘Grant-based’ family and community services

• Today’s submission is to stage 2 of the inquiry, where specific reforms are beginning to be proposed for each sector.

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Australian Unions

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Mind Your Head

We’re taking action to protect workplace mental health.
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Your rights at work for students and for people entering the workforce for the first time.
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Information and resources for health and safety representatives and workers about how to speak up at work for health and safety.
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Union Aid Abroad

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is the overseas aid and development agency of the ACTU. Our work aims to build self-reliance through support to educational and training projects for workers and their organisations in the developing world.
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ACTU National Union Directory

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Australian Council of Trade Unions

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