Nile throws an ethics wedge at O’Farrell’s IR legislation

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Nile throws an ethics wedge at O’Farrell’s IR legislation

Upper House Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has the power to make good on a threat to undo Premier Barry O’Farrell’s freeze on public sector workers’ pay, unless the Coalition supports his legislation to repeal the ethics alternative to scripture in public schools, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. (ABC TV News, 7.00 pm Monday, 18 July)

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Upper House Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has the power to make good on a threat to undo Premier Barry O’Farrell’s freeze on public sector workers’ pay, unless the Coalition supports his legislation to repeal the ethics alternative to scripture in public schools, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. (ABC TV News, 7.00 pm Monday, 18 July)

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said:
‘Fred Nile has set up the ultimate wedge for Barry O’Farrell.

The Premier could well be faced with the choice of either breaking his election promise to leave the ethics alternative to scripture alone or experiencing the ultimate humiliation of having his industrial relations agenda scuttled.

Fred Nile and his fellow Christian Democrat Paul Green are now in the driver’s seat.

If they vote with Greens and Labor Upper House MPs when parliament returns on 2 August, we can defeat the regulation that empowers the 2.5 per cent freeze on wages and the trade-offs for further salary increases.

The controversial industrial relations legislation would be effectively powerless.

Fred Nile may unintentionally save the state from the O’Farrell government’s attack on teachers, nurses, fire brigade employees and other public sector workers and the services they deliver.

There is now a very real chance that the community will enjoy two great outcomes.

The ethics alternative to scripture classes could stay in place and Barry O’Farrell might not be able to enforce his public sector wage freeze.

‘The Premier is now facing the reality of the NSW Upper House.

‘He cannot expect the loyal support of the conservative cross benches without sacrificing some of the integrity of his policy agenda.

‘A better path would be to allow legislation to be determined on its merit, rather than by the sort of deals that saw marine protection devastated.’
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

Labor calls for Nile support
 
The Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Sophie Cotsis, called on Fred Nile to support Labor’s disallowance motion to block the O’Farrell Government’s industrial relations laws.

Labor’s disallowance motion will be debated when Parliament resumes in August.
‘This is not about political deals — this is about the rights and livelihoods of more than 400,000 workers across NSW,’ Cotsis said.

‘Supporting the working rights of nurses, teachers, fire fighters and other public sector workers should be above politics — this is an opportunity for Reverend Nile to set politics aside and support fair wages and basic working conditions for the people our community relies on.’
 
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