Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt.
Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt. greens.org.au

Greens want to stop state's from wielding jobs axe

THE Greens are pushing for a federal parliamentary inquiry that would quarantine public sector jobs from "state government attacks".

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt will present a notice of motion in Canberra on Monday to establish the inquiry.

He was joined in Brisbane on Tuesday by the secretary of public sector union Together, Alex Scott, at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital to release the draft terms of reference for an inquiry.

"Public sector workers are under attack like never before and no more so than in Campbell Newman's Queensland," Mr Bandt said.

"Conservative governments are wielding the knife and public sector workers are looking to the federal Parliament to act."

He said the Federal Government's response to the job cuts had been limited and it should be doing more to protect public sector employees.

More than 14,000 Queensland public service jobs were slashed in the September budget.

"It's time to assess whether the Fair Work Act is properly protecting state public sector workers," he said.

A spokeswoman for Federal Workplace Minister Bill Shorten said the public sector job cuts in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria were "very concerning", but did not indicate whether the government would support Mr Bandt's motion.


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