Labor will crack down on dodgy company directors

A Shorten Labor Government will act to protect employees and small businesses from dodgy phoenix activity through a package of reforms.

Labor will crack down on dodgy directors who engage in ‘phoenix activity’, where they deliberately burn companies in an attempt to avoid their obligations to employees, government and honest businesses

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Westpac 2017 Community Grants

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Westpac Foundation Community Grants

200 Westpac Foundation Community Grants, worth $10,000 each, will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big (or small) ideas that are providing educational opportunities, employment pathways or improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities. 

In addition to the financial support the grant provides, Westpac is also committed to providing a range of non-financial support services to help maximise the social impact and sustainability of our grant recipients. Based on the needs of individual grant recipients, we will also be seeking to make connections between their organisation and local Westpac Ambassadors who will help open doors to a range of skilled volunteering, mentoring and networking opportunities across the Westpac Group.

More information about the Community Grants program, including information on the eligibility criteria and previous grant recipients, is available at: www.westpac.com.au/grants.

Please contact bgale@westpac.com.au or by phone on (02) 8253 4159 if you have any questions or require further information.  

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IDAHOBIT - What Have We Achieved?

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is an important day to draw attention to the discrimination and violence that many LGBTI people still face.

 

It is also an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved to promote equality and inclusiveness.

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I'm hosting a bipartisan event on Venture Capital

I am a co-convener of a Parliamentary group on innovation and enterprise. It's a bipartisan group. This June we're hosting an event to launch The Venture Capital Effect: a report on the industry's impact on the economy.

AVCAL has produced a comprehensive report on the evolving Venture Capital industry in Australia. This report looks at its beginnings, its benefits, and the future of this important industry as a supporter of innovation and growth across our economy.

Launching the report will be Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Hon Ed Husic MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and Future of Work, and Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy. The Report will be presented by AVCAL CEO Yasser El-Ansary.

Find out more and reserve tickets here. There's no charge, and it's open to the public, but it's in Canberra and places are limited.

 


We want a fair deal for our community when Bulimba Barracks is sold

The Turnbull government is pushing ahead with its sale of the Bulimba Barracks on the open market. The state of Queensland offered market value but the Turnbull government seems to be relying on an outdated valuation from before the Master Plan process was completed and before the Master Plan was given statutory effect.

Our community deserves to be guaranteed that the Turnbull government will do everything it can, as the seller, to make sure developers understand the Master Plan, and to make sure that plan is respected. Sign the petition


Keep kindy funding beyond 2018

Kindy funding is once again under threat. Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, federal funding for kindy was due to run out at the end of this year. Now, they've extended the funding, but only to the end of 2018. Not good enough.

Sign my petition.


Reverse funding cuts to schools


Southside schools worse off under Malcolm Turnbull's $22 billion cut

Federal Member for Griffith Terri Butler says Southside schools will be worse off under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals schools policy which rips $22 billion out of schools.

“It shows just how out of touch Malcolm Turnbull is that he’s ripping $22 billion from schools to pay for his $50 billion big business tax cut,” Ms Butler said.

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Southside students face university fee increase

Federal Member for Griffith Terri Butler is calling on the Turnbull government to stop their plans to increase university fees.

“Malcolm Turnbull should not be asking students to foot the bill for his $50 billion tax cut for big business and the banks, especially given company profits soared 65 per cent last year,” Ms Butler said.

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Kindy funding extension of only one year is not good enough

Sign the petition here.

Like a lot of people, I've been campaigning to put pressure on the government to extend their commitment to kindy funding.

At the moment the Universal Access kindy funding is due to run out at the end of this year. That's the funding that goes to the states, to cover a third of the cost of giving pre-school age kids access to fifteen hours of teaching a week.

Alongside many others, I've called on the Turnbull government Minister, Senator Birmingham, to extend the funding. 

He has finally caved and agreed to extend the funding beyond 2017 - but by only one year.

That means the funding is now scheduled to run out at the end of 2018.

I don't think this is good enough.



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