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The possibility that the Malcolm Turnbull may yet cling to power shouldn’t hide the fact that the results of this election represent a massive repudiation of his Government’s destructive policies over the past three years. For more than 12 months, union members nationwide have campaigned for a restoration of funding…
Australian union members are continuing their campaign to protect Australia’s universal healthcare system by handing out one million replica Medicare cards to voters in major metropolitan areas and marginal electorates across the country. The million Medicare card drop comes as a new survey from the Doctors Reform Society of Australia…
The 2016 federal election is about priorities. Whether $50 billion of taxpayers’ money is best used on corporate tax cuts or on health, education and infrastructure investment. In this report we demystify the issues for our members and supporters so you can be well-informed at the ballot box. The ASU…
As part of our campaign to get a better enterprise bargaining deal at Maurice Blackburn, we are considering having a protected action ballot. Before we do this we are going to conduct a confidential survey of staff about what they are prepared to do to get a better deal. Here…
“Come back to the table when you agree” – that’s what the Maurice Blackburn negotiators told your national negotiating team at today’s EBA meeting. In meetings of members over the last couple of weeks across the country you have told us that The firm’s pay offer is not good enough…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) sees the introduction of an objective test to determine the definition of a casual employee as having a fundamentally positive impact on millions of Australian workers. In its submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into workplace relations in 2015, the ACTU specifically asked…
At last night’s Leaders’ Debate, Mr Turnbull said the Government must seek “the right outcomes for our children because they are our future.” But which children was he talking about? The ones in our public education system? [Gonski not fully funded beyond 2017, with the Coalition to maintain an inequitable…
The Business Council of Australia’s failure to produce a shred of economic evidence to justify the Turnbull Government’s corporate tax cuts under questioning from the ABC shows that this policy is not designed to do anything other than hand cash to businesses and, bizarrely, the United States’ Internal Revenue Service.…

Budget cuts hurt

03 May 2016
In his first budget Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed he is a cruel conservative. Tonight in Canberra, ASU officials and staff have been on hand to witness Turnbull’s first budget to give you a rapid overview of how it will affect the communities we work and live in. This cruel budget…
A coalition of civil society groups, led by Australian Council of Trade Unions President Ged Kearney and spanning the aid, women’s, environment and social service sectors, as well as unions, have come together to urge the Federal Government to deliver a Budget that protects the living standards of all Australians,…