Posted by Steve on March 5, 2014
The Greens have secured Labor’s support for an inquiry into Qantas and potential forms of government assistance first floated earlier this week (http://bit.ly/1e09Gik).
Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
“After a week of constructive negotiations, The Greens are pleased that we’ve managed to secure support in the Senate for an inquiry investigating potential options available to the government and Parliament to assist Qantas.
“The Terms of Reference to be passed by the Senate tomorrow are almost identical to what The Greens moved in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon, with the support of Senator Xenophon, but were blocked by Labor and the Coalition.
“The Greens don’t want to play politics with people’s jobs and livelihood.
“This inquiry could be very significant in light of the thousands of Australian jobs that Mr Joyce and Mr Abbott have put at risk.
“We clearly need to understand what went wrong at Qantas, and what the government and Parliament can do to assist, to come up with recommendations that will help ensure we retain a national carrier operating out of Australia and we keep our workforce highly skilled.
“When the inquiry begins The Greens will immediately move to have Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to be called to give evidence, and for Qantas’ books to be opened up to examination.
Terms of Reference
(1) That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 March 2014:
Supporting Qantas and Australian jobs, with particular reference to:
(a) what initiatives should be taken by Government and the Parliament to ensure Qantas remains a strong national carrier supporting aviation jobs in Australia, including:
(i) A debt guarantee;
(ii) An equity stake;
(iii) Other forms of support consistent with wider policy settings;
(2) In considering the merits of the above, the Committee should investigate:
(a) Any national security, skills, marketing, tourism, emergency assistance or other benefits provided by an Australian-owned Qantas;
(b) The level and forms of government support received by other international airlines operating to and from Australia;
(c) The ownership structures of other international airlines operating to and from Australia.
(d) The potential impact on Australian jobs arising from the Government’s plan to repeal Part 3 of the Qantas Sale Act 1992;
(e) Any related matters.
Posted by Steve on April 7, 2013
A push for higher salaries for teachers should spark a national conversation about the recognition of the teaching profession, says Australian Greens spokesperson for Schools, Senator Penny Wright.
“It is wonderful that there is growing recognition of the need to treat teaching as we treat other professions,” Senator Wright said.
“At the moment, teachers reach the highest pay level very quickly and the only way they can advance their careers is to move out of the classroom to administrative roles.
“The Australian Greens know that if we want the best and brightest to be teaching our students, we have to offer career opportunities and incentives to stay in teaching positions.
“Last year, an OECD Education at a Glance report showed that the salaries of experienced teachers in Australia are lagging behind their counterparts in other countries.
“A very large number of prominent institutions, businesses and individuals are calling for a new approach to teacher pay, and I encourage State and Federal Governments to begin this discussion in earnest.
“We need to attract the best to teaching and we need to keep them there once they are in the workforce, which means fair wages, appropriate career structures and support for the challenging work they do.”
Posted by Jim McDonald on March 19, 2012
Catch up with Noosa Greens Candidate Jim McDonald and read what he says on various election topics.
Jim has covered a wide range of issues during the election. They include:
- My 30 second pitch to Mary-Lou Stevens “In the elevator” on ABC Coast FM:
Noosa voters should vote for me because I am an experienced advocate with vision.
I’ll introduce a Private Members Bill for a plebiscite so that Noosa residents can decide on de-amalgamation.
I want a prosperous Noosa that is prepared for the new economy and for climate change, with regional food security, a Coast served by light rail and connecting to fast trains, a region with its own renewable energy sources, and jobs in clean industries.
I’ll push to get the Noosa GPs After Hours Service put back in the hospital to take pressure off emergency services.
I’ll oppose any exploitation of the coal reserves under the Coast.
And I don’t owe vested interests any favours It will be the people I owe.
Jim has been activiely campaigning to get some decent representation of Noosa into the parliament. More information available on the following sites:
Posted by Jim McDonald on February 25, 2012
First of all, I’d like to acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people whose ancestors husbanded this land for aeons before my ancestors set off in ships to this continent.
I would also like to acknowledge the significant efforts of the Noosa Parks Association for 50 years of working to preserve what all generations can enjoy in a sustainable balance of environment and controlled development in Noosa and the hinterland.
This is a balance which, after all this time, remains under threat, especially from the Regional Council. Two of the three previous councils encouraged large scale high rise, transforming Caloundra, Mooloolooba, Maroochydore and Coolum while Noosa followed Bali’s lead in keeping buildings in a perspective that respected the landscape. And the danger is ever greater because Noosa is under-represented by this Council.
I see it as my task – if I am elected – to ensure that our priorities for Noosa prevail. In addressing the five questions, I’d like to put them into a broad context because they are closely interrelated. That context includes ensuring food security in our region – and I include the Mary Valley beacuse many of you would have campaigned against the Labor proposal for Traveston Dam.
The environmental principles were clear:
- preserve unique or endangered species,
- promote the health of the river, and
- protect the world heritage Ramsar wetlands in the waters of Hervey Bay and around Fraser Island.
Yet some of my political opponents who presented themselves as Traveston warriors for the lungfish, the turtles and Mary River cod are silent as the Labor Government dishes out coalmining and CSG exploration permits along Munna Creek that flows into the Mary at a major turtle area.
”]I am looking at first causes here about greenhouse emissions: the gasses sequestered in coal seams that extend through our electorate.
Huge areas have been explored at Tiaro along the Mary. In the Tin Can Bay hinterland, drilling has occurred at the junction of Coondoo Creek and Tanunda Creek that flows into the Mary River estuary. Coalmining is imminent near the Susan River outside Maryborough. It also flows into the estuary and dolphins are not unusual in that river. This is not just something that is happening outside our region. It has imminent concern for those of us in Noosa who worry about the possible degradation of the environment in our region. Because drilling has been carried out at Wolvi. And that’s in our neighbourhood. Indeed the coalfield that is being explored along the Mary River extends from Bundaberg down to Point Arkwright and from the Blackall range out to sea.
These are resources that the coal and gas industries want so much to get their hands on that they don’t care if they encroach on farms or suburbs, as the industry has done in America. And as it is doing on Queensland farms and in Sydney suburbs. Now.
So a Labor Government which gives free reign to miners and drillers, and an LNP which thought protection of the Mary Valley was important at the last election, will allow the ultimate degradation of our environment sustaining some of the most intensive greenhouse gas production industries. The scientific and anecdotal evidence is incontrovertable for responsible legislation. The least that should be done right now is a moratorium on CSG and the immediate cessation of coalmine expansion. No more coal mines! I will take this up in the Parliament as it is Greens policy.
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Posted by Steve on September 12, 2011
Greens MP and employment and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt released terms of reference for a Joint Select Committee Inquiry into Australian jobs and manufacturing.
“If best the government can do on jobs is a one day talkfest than the manufacturing sector is in big trouble,” Mr Bandt said today.
“It is left to the Greens to put forward a proposal for a proper inquiry into manufacturing.”
“I will give notice today of motion to establish a joint select committee on Australian Jobs and Manufacturing.”
Inquiry into Australian Jobs and Manufacturing
That a Joint Select Committee on Australian Jobs and Manufacturing be appointed to inquire into and report on:
(a) the state of the country’s manufacturing sector and the threats to jobs and opportunities in the sector;
(b) the significant role of commodities exports in Australia’s economy and the impacts of this on the economy, including on costs of capital and labour, infrastructure investment and the value of the dollar;
(c) policies to support and encourage innovation and adaptation in the manufacturing sector including local content rules for the resources sector and government procurement; and
(d) any related matters.