Why is Australia boycotting nuclear disarmament talks in NY today?

Labor calls on the Government to explain why Australia is the only country in the region to boycott negotiations for a new global nuclear weapons treaty.

Up to 120 nations are expected to take part in the talks in New York on Monday, but the Turnbull government has decided Australia will not once again not have our voice heard. 

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LGBTI Legal Service Secures QLD Government Funding

Shadow Minister for Equality, Terri Butler MP, welcomes the announcement today that the Queensland Government will provide funding for three years to the LGBTI Legal Service.


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International Women's Day

This week I spoke in the Parliament about International Women's Day.

Read my speech below.

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Labor is fighting for what matters to Australians

Labor is fighting for what matters to Australians. We are fighting a local jobs, we are fighting to protect Medicare from the attacks of the coalition government and we are fighting to build a strong economy that delivers for all. If we win government at the next election Labor will build Australian first, buy Australian first and employ Australian first.

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Government Must Explain 1800RESPECT Apparent Discrepancies

Last night the 7.30 program revealed Medibank Health Solutions, the private company contracted to run the 1800RESPECT service, has received 64 complaints about the service, far exceeding evidence given to Senate Estimates just weeks ago.


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Rakhine State in Myanmar Motion

This week in the Parliament I presented a motion about the current situation in Myanmar, following my visit earlier this year.

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2017 Water for Life Community Grants

Seqwater has launched the 2017 Community Grants program - Water for life. Water for Life Community Grants will provide funding to improve South East Queenslanders' knowledge and understanding of catchment health and the water cycle. We're looking for existing community initiatives and new partnerships that will benefit from grants of up to $10,000.

Your support of the Water for life Community Grants program and community groups means more benefits for our local waterways and a greater appreciation of water as a precious resource.

Applications close 1st May 2017.

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Labor opposed the Turnbull government's cuts to families

Labor opposed the Turnbull Government’s late night deal in the Senate to cut $1.4 billion from Australian families.

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest cut on Australian families is straight from the horror 2014 Abbott Budget – a freeze of the Family Tax Benefit Payment rates for two years.

These cuts will affect every single recipient of Family Tax Benefit, leaving 1.5 million Australian families worse off.

Around 588,000 of these families receive the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A, which means their household income is less than $52,000 a year.

The Liberals, Nationals, One Nation and Nick Xenophon all voted to cut family payments to 1.5 million Australian families in the Senate last night.

Families now know who is on their side when it comes to helping them with the cost of raising a child. 

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Congratulations to the Queensland Government for removing 'gay panic' defence.

Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality, Terri Butler MP, has congratulated the Qld Parliament for amending section 304 of the Criminal Code to remove the ‘gay panic’ defence.

Prior to this, under Queensland law, people accused of murder could have their charges downgraded to manslaughter if they could prove their victim made a non-violent gay advance. 

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Turnbull government MP claims housing affordability not a federal issue.


Member for Forde Bert van Manen today claimed housing affordability is not a federal issue.

In response to a question from the ABC’s Steve Austin about housing affordability, Mr van Manen said:

“Well firstly, Steve, I don’t believe housing affordability is a federal issue. Housing, planning, development approval is all done at a state and a local government level.”

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