March 22, 2016
Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon, says she agrees with Greens’ leader Richard Di Natale that The Prime Minister should go full-term and put a positive agenda forward to the Australian people, rather than running panicked to a double dissolution election.
Carol Vernon said:
“I am ready for an early election if it eventuates. The Australian Greens are ready.
“Turnbull and Joyce will claim they desperately need the ABCC bill to be passed but we can see it is just an excuse to go to an early election.
“The ABCC bill is designed to focus solely on building and construction workers, not to genuinely end widespread corruption.
“I ask why, if the Turnbull-Joyce coalition government is genuinely wanting to stamp out corruption, it refuses to ignore the Greens’ call for a federal ICAC that would examine all sources of corruption.
“The residents of the Mid North Coast deserve a federal government, of any shade of politics, that is above the suspicion of corruption. The NSW ICAC demonstrated the devious influence of corporate lobbyists on our state government. Are we more of a ‘corporatocracy’ than a democracy? Many would say we are.
“The Liberal, National and Labor parties all vote against Greens bills to establish a federal ICAC. Again, I ask why?
“Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker could be concentrating on reducing the extremely high local youth unemployment rather than supporting this government’s rush to an election.”
“Among other things the ABCC Bills seek to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), along with its previous coercive investigatory powers provided by the BCII Act.” Hansard
“Malcolm Turnbull should walk away from his plan to give construction workers fewer rights than alleged criminals, and instead establish a national, broad-based anti-corruption watchdog. When it comes to allegations of wrongdoing, if you’ve got a blue collar, this Government throws the book at you, but if you’ve got a white collar, they turn the other way. If the Government really wants to tackle corruption, they will get behind the Greens’ plan to establish a national broad-based anti-corruption watchdog.”
— Greens industrial relations spokesman Adam Bandt
Mid North Coast Area Profile – January 2016 (Nambucca to Above Nelson Bay)
Working Age Population (15-64) : 125,800 Employment Rate (15-64) : 63.8 %
Participation Rate (15+) : 51.3 %
Unemployment Rate (15+) : 8.3 % Youth Unemployment Rate (15-24) : 19.5 %