Bill's Media Releases


Visiting workers and management at Ecotech in Melbourne’s east today, the Minister for Workplace Relations Bill Shorten called on the Coalition to come clean on their secret plan for working Australians.

 Tony Abbott promised his detailed workplace relations policy would be released in ‘weeks not months’ and Joe Hockey today said it was ‘not too far away’.

 “It has now been 78 days since the Prime Minister announced the date of the Federal Election. The Opposition Leader needs to bring his workplace relations policy out of hiding.”

 “Forced out of his small target strategy, Tony Abbott must now be absolutely upfront with the Australian people about what rights and protections he will be ripping away.”

 Will Tony Abbott guarantee today that he won’t rip away unfair dismissal protections?

 Will Tony Abbott guarantee today the right to request family friendly arrangements?

 Will Tony Abbott guarantee today that he won’t rip away penalty rates?

 Will Tony Abbott guarantee today that he won’t rip away rest breaks and long service leave?

 “These are the kinds of measures that the Australian people wholeheartedly rejected at the 2007 election.”

 “The Australian people knew what Labor stood for in 2007 and in 2010, and they know what we stand for today; a fair and balanced workplace relations system.”

 “Tony Abbott should have the courage of his convictions and reveal his detailed workplace relations policy for the Australian people to judge for themselves.”

Ecotech in Knoxville, Victoria, has been manufacturing and exporting air monitoring instruments around the world for 35 years. Ecotech employs 80 people in Knoxville and over 120 across Australia.