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The Great Barrier Reef: government was “outsourcing its responsibility"

The opposition Labor Party says, if elected, it will reverse the government’s decision to put the fight against the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef in the hands of a private organization. “Labor says that should it win office, it will re-allocate the funding to public sector agencies.” The party's environment spokesman, Tony Burke, said the government was “outsourcing its responsibility. (…) The foundation is scrambling to try to deal with a level of responsibility that can only properly be handled with the advice and corporate knowledge of the government agencies themselves." Mr. Burke said “the government has a policy to privatise the decision making over the Great Barrier Reef and have priorities and delivery agents determined by a small foundation.”

The Labor Party has outlined its conditions for approving the TPP as negotiated by the government

The Labor Party has outlined its conditions for approving the TPP as negotiated by the government. “Other provisions Labor has identified as prohibited are those that require the privatization of public services, undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, undermine Australia's anti-dumping laws, limit the ability of the Australian government to regulate in the interests of public welfare or in relation to safe products, undermine mandatory skills testing requirements and place restrictions on government procurement.” Nevertheless, “ACTU president Michele O'Neil called the new conditions, which Mr. Clare outlined in a private member’s bill, as ‘a seismic shift in ALP trade policy. The ACTU maintains its opposition to the TPP and its enabling legislation. The [private member's] bill sets out a new course for trade in our country after years of damaging deals by the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government, which put big business profits ahead of working people,’ she said. AMWU national secretary Paul Bastian, whose union was one of the most vocal critics of the TPP, remained disappointed with what he said was Labor's betrayal of workers. ‘However, we acknowledge that workers raised concerns and Bill Shorten listened. Now it’s time for [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison to do the same.’”

Hands off our public services!

Sabrin Farooqui, a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) delegate, says “Centrelink needs more permanent staff! Privatization and Serco aren’t the answers.Sabrin Farooqui, a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) delegate, says “Centrelink needs more permanent staff! Privatization and Serco aren’t the answers.” Melissa Donnelly (@DonnellyMel), the deputy secretary of CPSU, shares news of community protest against the government’s cuts and privatization of Centrelink services. They are sending a message to Craig Laundy, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation: “hands off our public services.”

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The government has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little reports that the latest figures show the government as led by O’Farrell, Baird and now Berejiklian “has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets in a little over six years. This is compared to $6 billion over 16 years under Labor” (p. 10). Speaking of the privatized train-to-airport system, Little also points to media reports saying it “costs you more than $17 each way; $13.50 of that goes straight to the private consortium; money that could go to child protection, Disability Services, the environment or justice system” (p. 11).


Prison Privatisation in Australia: The State of the Nation Accountability. Costs, Performance and Efficiency.

The purpose of this report is to provide a description of Australian private prisons as they have evolved across the country. Our overview of private prisons in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia,Victoria and Western Australia will give an understanding of the ‘State of the Nation’ with regard to prison privatisation and its impact. As stated, this study considers private prisons in Australia against four key categories: accountability, costs, performance and efficiency.

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Victory for public healthcare

Public service unions have won the battle to keep five New South Wales hospitals from being privatized thanks to the tireless efforts of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association, Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation of NSW, the Health Services Union NSW and local residents of Shellharbour, Maitland, Bowral, Wyong & Goulburn. The Power of the people kept NSW In A Healthy State!

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