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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,…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions today releases its extensive examination of corporate wrongdoing, providing an overview of corporate breaches pursued by ASIC, the ATO, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman and Fair Work Commission. Given there is no central database to provide an overall view of corporate breaches, the ACTU commissioned…
A coalition of Australian organisations including the ASU has published an open letter calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the Government’s silence over the Panama Papers and to commit to taking effective action on tax dodging by wealthy individuals and corporations. The Australian Services Union along with ActionAid…
When you change the government, you change the country. It’s a truism but it bears repeating as we hurtle towards a federal election. What isn’t as readily obvious but is also true is that changing this particular Federal Government may be easier than many people think. It could even be…
The Australian Council of Trade Unions today said urgent action was required to tackle corruption in the banking and finance sectors and tax avoidance by big companies. The ASU supports this call as we have been campaigning against unfair tax practices that put the burden of funding our society disproportionately…
The ACTU Executive yesterday endorsed an agenda of tax reform priorities designed to tackle growing inequality and unfairness in our economic system and help create better, higher-paying jobs. The plan, Tax reform for a fairer society and strong economy, calls for action in five key areas of tax reform: reducing…
The Australian tax system is tangled up in a web of subsidies, exemptions and arrangements that unfairly advantage the top 10 per cent of income earners, do nothing to drive innovation or productivity growth and hold us back from investing in nation-building. Capital gains tax exemptions, superannuation tax breaks, negative…
The ACTU is launching a major campaign against the sell-off and cuts to Medicare, with a targeted broadcast and online advertising blitz, followed by a door knock in 22 marginal seats and community protests around the country. New polling released today shows the majority of Queenslanders and Victorians do not…
The ASU supports Dave Oliver's call for a national, broad based, independent anti-corruption body. Singling out only trade unions, as numerous Coalition Governments have done over the years, has been a waste of time and money when the greatest incidence of corruption in Australian society has been elsewhere. The ASU…