Labor defence spokesman Brendan O'Connor on China, Ukraine
Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor's spokesman for defence Brendan O'Connor on national security, Ukraine and China.
The minister is now not sue back at parliament until the May budget sitting, feeding speculation about her future.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has pushed for MPs to pass a bill to stop the phasing in of penalty rate cuts.
The Fair Work Commission said reductions in rates were more significant in retail and pharmacy than in hospitality and fast food.
Labor’s figure of 700,000 is based largely on a McKell Institute report.
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In a recorded phone call to voters, Labor leader Bill Shorten said that “cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers”. Is that true?
Labor’s Brendan O'Connor said fewer people are seeking work.
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Shadow minister for employment Brendan O'Connor said the labour force participation rate was in “free fall” and that this showed “people have stopped looking for work”. Is that true?
Brendan O'Connor came under interrogation about Labor’s position on weekend penalty rates.
Normally it is the Coalition that is on the defensive over industrial relations at election time, with Labor claiming workers’ rights are under threat from the conservatives. But currently Labor finds…
Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann has announced that the Senate voting reforms will include a provision for optional preferential voting below the line.
The government is making a major change to its legislation to reform the Senate voting system after a recommendation from a brief parliamentary inquiry.
Brendan O Connor.
“The Australian Federal Police takes [red notices] very seriously but knows it must examine the veracity or otherwise of those claims because quite often claims, even against Australian citizens who’ve…