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Labor abandons emergency workers: PM

AAP logoAAP 10/10/2016

Malcolm Turnbull says Labor has abandoned emergency services volunteers in not supporting the government's changes to Fair Work laws.

The Senate on Monday moved a step closer to passing the draft laws, which stemmed from Victoria's Country Fire Authority pay and conditions dispute involving the firefighters' union and volunteers.

"The leader of the opposition and his party are tied up with another militant union seeking to undermine the independence of the volunteers, seeking to disrespect them, to remove their autonomy and undermine their very ability to recruit," Mr Turnbull told parliament.

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