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Tony Abbott is trying to make changes to the Fair Work Act that are the first step in his plan to reduce working people’s living standards by destroying your rights at work.

Labor and Green Senators have already committed to voting against this attack on Australian workers.

Now the fate of Tony Abbott's anti-worker laws depends on the votes of eight Senators. The good news is we only need to convince three of them to vote against these changes to stop Abbott in his tracks.  

You can make a difference.

Find the Senator in your state from the list below, get in touch by phone, by mail, by email, and by social media and tell them to vote NO when the Fair Work Amendment Bill comes up before the Senate again in the week beginning 22 September.


New South Wales

Leyonhjelm.jpgSenator DAVID LEYONHJELM
Electorate Office: Level 21, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Postal address: PO Box 636, Drummoyne, NSW, 1470
Telephone:  02 8289 9820
Fax: 02 8289 9829
Twitter: @DavidLeyonhjelm



Madigan.jpgSenator JOHN MADIGAN
Electorate Office & postal address: 17 Albert Street, Ballarat, Vic, 3350
Telephone:  03 5331 2321
Fax: 03 5331 2476



Muir.jpgSenator RICKY MUIR
Electorate Office & postal address: 4 Treasury Place, Melbourne, Vic, 3002
Telephone:  03 9660 6520
Fax: 03 9660 6529




Lazarus.jpgSenator GLENN LAZARUS
Postal address: GPO Box 228, Brisbane, Qld, 4001
Telephone:  07 3001 8940
Fax: 07 3001 8948
Twitter: @SenatorLazarus



South Australia

Electorate Office & postal address: Level 2, 31 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Telephone:  08 8232 1144
Fax: 08 8232 3744



Day.jpgSenator BOB DAY
Electorate Office & postal address: Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, Suite 8, Level 13, 100 King William Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000  
Telephone:  08 8205 1080
Fax: 08 8205 1085
Twitter: @senatorbobday


Western Australia

Wang.jpgSenator ZHENYA WANG
Electorate Office: 81 Bennett Street, East Perth, WA, 6004
Postal address: PO Box 6120, East Perth, WA, 6892
Telephone:  08 9221 2233
Twitter: @SenatorZWang




Lambie.jpgSenator JACQUI LAMBIE
Electorate Office: Shop 4, 22 Mount Street, Burnie, TAS, 7320
Postal address: PO Box 256, Burnie, TAS, 7320
Telephone:  03 6431 2233
Fax: 03 6431 3200
Twitter: @LambieJacqui



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  • Peter Martin
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    commented 2014-11-04 14:23:49 +1100
    The problem as I see it is those who make the laws benefit from the outcome.
  • Andrew (Andy) Alcock
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    commented 2014-10-13 11:55:50 +1100
    Dear Senators
    It is so unfair that Tony Abbott is reintroducing much of Howard’s discredited WorkChoices policy of 2007 despite saying he would not do this. If you care about social justice and workers’ rights, you will not support this latest attack on ordinary Australian working people.
  • tina smith
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    commented 2014-10-08 09:19:32 +1100
    Hi All,
    I don’t think we can count on Senator Leyonhjelm to vote no.

    My response to his email.

    Thank you Senator Leyonhjelm for your prompt response. Disappointing as it is.  I guess, you could not be any clearer with your intentions. 

    I appreciate you forwarding “Let the people work” article that you wrote for the AFR. However, I respectfully have to disagree with your assertions. Particularly, your statement “Thousands of Australian businesses would be willing to take a chance on these job seekers and paid them more than the  $5.00 to $10.00 an hour they currently receive on welfare”.  "But they are forbidden to do so", “they can only be employed if they are paid the minimum wage”. Businesses and employers taking advantage of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable people and paying them slightly more (or less) than welfare benefits is not how I envisage giving “everyone a fair go”. 

    Any employer can pay their employees and provide conditions that are better than any modern awards, they just can not pay them less than the minimum wage. It’s the employers’ choice if they choose to remunerate appropriately the people who work for them, or not. Modern awards are supposedly the starting point for workers. A minimum wage and the NES provide the safety net for our lowest paid workers from some unscrupulous employers who’s only ambition is to increase their profit base at the cost of high staff turnover, low wages and and limiting employees’ ability to spend time with their families. 

    Only when I see big businesses and our governments developing  award rates of pay that encompass  executives and elected officials   will I be more open to your view of giving “everyone a fair go” without a minimum wage.  

    There is no doubt that you and I have differing views on this subject. I’m asking you to reconsider your view to the proposed changes to the FWA, and vote no. These changes are not in the best interest of Australia. 
  • Hdelena Nicholls
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    commented 2014-10-06 12:50:22 +1100
    Please Senators, vote No to FWA. No more incentives to work weekend, afternoon and night shifts if that happen. If that happens, aged care has to be turn into day care for elderly (like child care centre). The family brings their parent in and pick them up after work and look after them at night and on the weekends. I would rather spend my weekend with my own family and go fishing, surfing and BBQ.
  • Hdelena Nicholls
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    commented 2014-10-06 12:49:53 +1100
    Please Senators, vote No to FWA. No more incentives to work on public holidays, weekends, afternoon and night shifts if that happen. If that happens, aged care has to be turn into day care for elderly (like child care centre). The family brings their parent in before they go to work and pick them up after work and they will have to look after them at night and on the weekends. I would rather spend my weekends with my own family and go fishing, surfing and BBQ. At least I can have some quality time with my own family.
  • tina smith
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    commented 2014-10-03 16:59:59 +1000
    Dear Senator Leyonhjelm,

    I am asking you to vote no to the changes that the Abbott Government want to make to the FWA. Abolishing penalty rates and reducing the the flexibility provisions in awards to a mere tokenism gesture is wrong.

    These changes will not only have a detrimental effect on the Australian workers ability to earn a decent living, but will also be the beginning of a a fundamental change in the traditional work life balance. All the people I know still enjoy large parts of their weekends with their family and friends.

    The working poor already exist in our society. These are people who earn minimum wage and do extra work on weekends and night work to make ends meet. They are also our young people who work odd hours to suit their educational commitments, or its the only work they can secure. Our aging greys are also in need of any work they can find to cover just their basic needs. Whatever the reasons people choose or have to work hours that are not family friendly or uncool to most. It is much more palatable to work these hours when employers recognise and remunerate them for doing so. Abolishing penalty rates will only bring on a new group of working poor.

    The reality is that these people are doing their fair share of contributing to our economy, the bottom line that keeps Australia chugging along.

    So please, Senator Leyonhjelm, for the sake of the Australian way of life, please vote NO to the proposed changes to the FWA
  • Alan Burke
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    commented 2014-10-02 11:49:12 +1000
    Ged Kearney & company,there is a terrific speech by KEN HENRY ex tax chief in the Fin.Review sat(30/9 ?) which pans absolutely,the conservatives usual B/S "reduce costs(take away workers rights,reduce wages,etc;)shows their “strategy” is now totally flawed in logic.An excellent tool to attack the little turd-worms lies with,please have a read Ged,you will be even better armed than you are already! Alan.
  • Craig Jones
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    commented 2014-09-30 00:14:54 +1000
    I wonder how many people send their messages to the Senators i can see people posting but that will not achieve a lot so please send and whilst added you might like to sign this petition
  • Beverley
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    commented 2014-09-29 21:14:12 +1000
    Senator Wang, Lambie,Muir,Xenophon
    I am a West Aussie I say no to any changes to the Fair Work Act
  • Juanita Gage
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    commented 2014-09-28 14:17:23 +1000
    Please everyone send an email. Mine has been sent. Post on here good but make sure you send an email to your Senator also.
  • carmel Cohen
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    commented 2014-09-24 10:55:51 +1000
    why is Abbott set to ruin Australia. We are Australia Not America. Can’t he see the situation there. They are our friends and neighbors in fact my family BUT we need to keep this country good. I brag how wonderful our way of living is, NOT to be destroyed by this Demon. He needs to go. A good Prime Minister Rudd was not given a Fare Go. He has done ONE good thing by removing the Carbon Tax but one out of many wrongs does not suffice.
  • Russell Callaghan
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    commented 2014-09-23 19:48:00 +1000
    To all senators please vote no to the proposed changes to the fair work act as the changes will affect people’s ability to care for there families
  • Russell Callaghan
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    commented 2014-09-23 19:48:00 +1000
    To all senators please vote no to the proposed changes to the fair work act as the changes will affect people’s ability to care for there families
  • lydia chan
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    commented 2014-09-22 11:03:34 +1000
    Health care workers are those who look after other instead of ourselves or our families. We also want to stay in our warm bed during at night, or sleep in on the weekend but we have to get up to work. When everyone could celebrate the Christmas, Easter or any important days with the love one, we are those still have to work and leave ourselves and family behind. Penalty rate is just the some incentive for us to work over weekend or holiday, who would work on these days if Penalty rate being take away. I would prefer to spend the time with my family & only working during the day instead of night shift or weekend.
  • Aileen Saywell
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    commented 2014-09-21 21:43:40 +1000
    Very well put Angelina .. have you sent this to the senators
  • Angelina Votsis
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    commented 2014-09-21 20:54:45 +1000
    Please don’t under estimate our nursing profession . Nurses are passionate people who work hard and often need to put the sick and their careers before their families to make a living. Taking away our penalties and awards demorilses the worth of our profession healthcare professionals require respect as we respect humanity and life. Take away our extra pay and you’ll be taking away dedicated people who are needed to care for our increasing aging and sick populations.
  • Feli Withopf
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    commented 2014-09-21 10:04:36 +1000
    Please don’t let Australia degrade and further slide into being driven by sheer materialism,where ideals like equality and fairness are slowly eroding .This will inviarably lead to a less peaceful society and that "great Australian dream "is going to be a mere illusion instead of becoming true.
  • Aileen Saywell
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    commented 2014-09-20 22:01:54 +1000
    Email s sent
  • Craig Jones
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    commented 2014-09-20 21:58:53 +1000
    plesse Email the Senators not just put the comments here bombard them with Emails
  • Aileen Saywell
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    commented 2014-09-20 21:33:42 +1000
    Dear senator,
    Ask yourself this … How can a nurse, any nurse but especially the very poorly paid aged care sector, be expected to be empathic, kind, caring, and attentive to detail while caring for some one else’s loved one when they are worried about the welfare of their own loved ones, worried about keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. While missing important events in their families lives because human beings need care 24 hours a day, where is the incentive if rightful remuneration is taken away. There is no child care at 6:am, or 2:00am yet nurses have to find a way or pay privately to attend their rotating roster shift … Fair go.. Without decent wages the workers won’t have any cash to spend, the whole economy suffers… Please vote NO.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…..
  • Michelle Lockwood
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    commented 2014-09-19 17:57:43 +1000
    Nurses are already under paid and over worked, I still can not understand how looking after people ie; our ageing population, attractes the same pay as washing dishes in a restaurant. We are dealing with human lives if we make a mistake someone could lose their lives, if you make a mistake washing dishes you may break a plate worth less then $5. I am working in aged care as an AIN we are under staffed and under paid something needs to be done.
  • Trace Glasson
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    commented 2014-09-19 17:02:14 +1000
    Put it this way if penalties and wages are cut from nurses there will be a mass exit from the nursing proffession. I for one will not work as a nurse for any less than what Im getting now the stress is not worth it or I just will not work evening or night shifts.
  • Maureen Swarze
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    commented 2014-09-19 12:52:25 +1000
    Penalty rates are an important part of many lower income workers and Emergency personnel. They enable them to maintain an adequate standard of living and reflect the sacrifices that people make to provide many essential services 24/7. People such as Nurses/midwives plus other hospital and emergency service employees give up holiday time with loved ones and friends in order to maintain these services for the benefit of all in our community. They should be rewarded adequately for the inconveniences and sacrifices made ,not impoverished for them. Cut the payments to Ceos’ and the ‘fat cats" of this . The ones the Abbott Government .seems hell bent on kowtowing to; Please senator vote against these ’ Draconian and deeply unfair changes to the ’ fair work act’( before it becomes the ’Totally UNFAIR ACT:")
    Best Wishes,
  • Flavia Quintiliani-johns
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    commented 2014-09-18 21:21:10 +1000
    Say No to the Abott government changes to the Fair Work Act .
  • Craig Maples
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    commented 2014-09-18 20:45:19 +1000
    Senators, I am a bus driver and have been for the past 16 years. Previously I had been on a disability pension, however I wanted to be self-reliant. I work hard to support my family, pay my morgage and struggle to make ends meet. During the past 2 years I have been harrassed, bullied, victimised and discriminated agaisnt in my workplace. If Tony Abbott was allowed to introduce these measures I will receive less money, less overtime and put me in financial difficulty. It will give my employer greater power, when he already has me by the balls. Australia has sold soo many of its assets overseas, and by bringing the working people of Australia to its knees, you are going to create a country which is dependant on its goverment to survive. Farmers already struggle to survive-with their crops being sold less than cost, competing with overseas produce which are not subject to the same critique (which will eventually wipe out our industry), depending on our goverment for help.
    Please vote NO to Abbotts proposed changes.
  • Kara Mirch
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    commented 2014-09-18 18:02:41 +1000
    To the Honourable Senators John Madigan and Ricky Muir (Vic); David Leyonhjem (NSW); Glenn Lazarus (Qld); Nick Xenophon and Bob Day (SA); Zhenya Wang (WA) and Jacqui Lambie (Tasmania).

    I am a bus driver. My colleagues and I are squeezed by the balls by our employer and the NSW government, forced to run humanly impossible timetables in Sydney’s daily traffic mess. As well, we work unduly long, broken shifts with little on no regard to the fate of our family life. Additionally, weekend work opportunities to earn a little bit extra money to pay ever increasing bills are being thwarted by illogical rationalisation and casualisation. Over and above the turmoil we are in, if the Abbott government sneaks in WorkChoices in a clandestine way with your help, it will be the end of family life for us collectively. It will also impact all other industries across Australia and make Australia a nation of slave labour. I urge you all to understand our predicament and defeat this anti-people agenda of Abbott and his party.

    Kara Mirch
  • demetrios Papaeleftheriou
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    commented 2014-09-18 17:23:07 +1000
    Dear Senators,

    Please vote against the Abott government and stop them from making changes to the Fair Work Act which will take away our penalties and our rights as workers in Australia. We are supposed to be the lucky country, if he wins and changes the Act we will no longer be that lucky country.Only asking to live in peace.
  • Natalin Cagawan
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    commented 2014-09-18 17:11:10 +1000
    Nursing job is very hard and stressful. It is unfair to take penalties off as it is the only incentive for nurses to stay on. Furthermore, taking incentives away will affect the quality of health care.
  • Robert Ringwald
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    commented 2014-09-18 15:35:11 +1000
    Senators (VIC) please vote NO to protect the little recognition nurses get for putting ourselves at the coal face every day. You would not do what nurses sign up for for such a small amount of money. Nursing is challenging profession yet one of the lowest paid. Please protect our penalty rates so we can continue to provide for our families as well as care for the sick.
  • Pauline Collins
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    commented 2014-09-18 15:30:44 +1000
    If you let Abbott kick us all in the guts or should I say hip pocket you should be a shame to say you are an Aussie (as Abbott has not proved he is a True Aussie to the people of Australia as yet) but he wants all the little wage earners and old people to pay for the Rich to have a free ride, we hope we are paying you ( as Tax payer because the rich don’t pay TAX) to give us a fair go vote NO for us.