Labor slams union-busting bill 'hypocrisy'
Labor has focused on a double standard with the corporate sector as it fights to defeat laws cracking down on unions and their officials.Opposition Senator Tim Ayres is the latest to seize on a money laundering scandal engulfing the Westpac board, accusing the government of unfairly targeting trade unions and their officials.
Move was a shock to Coalition , as Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts had sided with them on amendments. Patrick told the Senate the amended bill was not a “ union - busting ” law, accusing unions of “misleading” and “fear-mongering” claims.
The Morrison government's union - busting legislation has been defeated in the Senate after One Nation spectacularly opposed it at the final vote. One Nation's two senators sided with Labor, the Greens and Jacqui Lambie to tie a vote 34-all - meaning the bill failed - in a major shock on the floor
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton believes Pauline Hanson's supporters will be 'startled' after the One Nation leader handed the government a humiliating loss over its bill to make deregistering unions and banning officials easier.
The Morrison government's industrial relations reforms have taken a devastating blow after a tied Senate vote shot legislation down on Thursday.
Senator Hanson said she couldn't support the bill unless more was done to crack down on banking misconduct after the Westpac money-laundering scandal.
'Union busting' bill will 'save the taxpayer a lot of money'
Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says the government’s proposed Ensuring Integrity Bill, if passed, will “get rid of the rip offs, the rorts and the rackets that are costing the taxpayer a lot of money”. The Coalition is confident its 'union busting' bill - set to make it easier to de-register law-breaking unions and officials - will pass through upper house with the support of the Centre Alliance and One Nation. Senator Abetz said the bill would “put downward pressure on housing and on civil construction works”. “Everyone will be a winner and law and order will be restored,” he said.
The Morrison government has suffered a shock policy loss after the Senate blocked legislation making it easier to deregister trade unions and officials. The Ensuring Integrity Bill failed after Pauline Hanson and Jacqui Lambie sided with Labor and the vote was tied at 34 for and against, meaning it
Scott Morrison has suffered a humiliating defeat on his government's union - busting legislation with One Nation delivering a shock killer blow at the final vote. The "ensuring integrity" bill , which would have made it easier to deregister unions and ban officials
But she could change her mind in the future if law-breaking and bullying on construction sites doesn't stop.
"I hope she tells us what she wants," Mr Dutton told Today.
"But I think her membership base, her support base in Queensland will be waking up today startled by the fact that she hadn't supported this bill. I think she has made a mistake. I hope she can re-engage with the Government and support a sensible bill."
Attorney-General Christian Porter said he was very disappointed, putting the heat on Senator Hanson to explain why she voted against it despite the government supporting her changes.
Federal Government's crackdown on unions rejected by Senate after One Nation sides with Opposition
Pauline Hanson and Jacqui Lambie have joined forces to deliver a shock defeat of the Government's signature union crackdown legislation. The Government failed to gain support of crossbenchers to pass its so-called ensuring integrity bill, which Labor had dubbed "union busting" legislation. The changes would have allowed for applications to be made to the Federal Court to deregister a union or union official if conduct was deemed inappropriate. The Government said it was crucial to ensure unions were accountable for their actions, while Labor criticised it as an attack on the union movement.
The bill said unions could be put into administration if its officials breached workplace laws "on multiple occasions" and granted administrators control over the union's property and affairs. Union - busting bill fails in the Senate in shock loss . Abbott calls for sanctions on China if HK deteriorates.
Scott Morrison has suffered a humiliating defeat on his government's union - busting legislation with One Nation delivering a shock killer blow at the final vote. Stunning scenes as Pauline Hanson sides with Labor and the Greens to humiliate Scott Morrison with a shock defeat on union - busting bill .
"This is important reform which seeks to ensure that registered organisations obey the law. It is as simple as that," he said.
"We remain committed to this reform and will be seeking to reintroduce the bill at an appropriate time."
Labor's industrial relations spokesman Tony Burke said the government was coming after workers' pay and conditions.
"The Liberals are already talking about watering down unfair dismissal laws and scrapping the better off overall test," he said.
He called for the "anti-worker union-bashing" laws to be abandoned.
'I won't sell my soul': Pauline Hanson swears as she reveals why she refused to back union-busting bill in a move that left Scott Morrison's government reeling .
The Ensuring Integrity union laws would make it easier to deregister law-breaking unions and disqualify officials throughout Australia.The One Nation leader's move last week has left her relationship with the federal government on the rocks.