Month: July 2015

Greens denounce Bill Shorten’s turn-back policy

Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015 The Greens have today denounced Bill Shorten’s move to back the Abbott Government’s “turn-back” policy for refugees seeking asylum in Australia. “Labor’s move to adopt Tony Abbott’s turn-back policy is short-sighted and will only make things harder for refugees to find safety,” Greens Immigration spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said today. “Turn-backs are …

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APPRENTICES: EXPLOITED, UNDERPAID AND DISAPPEARING

Low apprenticeship and traineeship completion rates, declining enrolments and rising shortages of key skills are warning signs that something is going badly wrong in a key sector of the state’s education provision. Department figures show there are 123,481 apprentices and trainees in NSW.  Apprenticeships usually last between three and four years. Drop-out rates are high, …

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VULNERABLE APARTMENT OWNERS SERVED UP TO BIG DEVELOPERS

July 16, 2015 By John Kaye   Proposed changes to NSW’s strata title laws would see many elderly and vulnerable apartment owners turfed out of their homes to fatten up the profits of developers and other residents, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. Innovation and Better Regulation Minister Victor Dominello released draft legislation yesterday that would allow …

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