Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Tony Abbott Should Dump His Extravagant PPL Scheme

In the wake of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report, Terri Butler MP says Tony Abbott should dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme and invest the money in child care.

“The Abbott government has already announced $1 billion in cuts to assistance to families,” Ms Butler said.

“Right now there is legislation before the Parliament cutting the Child Care Benefit, which goes to low and middle-income families.

“It makes no sense for the Prime Minister to commission a review to look at ways to make childcare more affordable at the same time that he is persisting in cuts.

“If Mr Abbott is serious about improving the child care system he would reverse the $1 billion worth of cuts and dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme.

“The Productivity Commission has now joined Labor, the business community and Mr Abbott's own colleagues who believe this money could be better spent elsewhere,” Ms Butler said.

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Registered Organisations amendment legislation

We all know that the reason we are debating this bill tonight is that, as we have seen in recent weeks, this government would like to talk about anything but its toxic budget. It is a budget that takes money out of the pockets of the very people who trusted this Prime Minister before the election. As is the hallmark of this government, this bill represents yet another broken promise from a Prime Minister and a government that are watching their trust and support slip away like sand between their fingers. It is hardly surprising that when a Liberal-National government is in trouble, they run towards what they know best, which is attacking workers and attacking representative organisations. This bill is about registered organisations, which are employer and employee organisations registered under the Fair Work regime.

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Musgrave Park Family Fun Day

On Friday I had the honour of attending the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day, part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. I was one of around 25,000 people who attended. It was a massive event with almost 200 stalls. I had the pleasure and privilege of listening to Uncle Des' welcome to country. I was really grateful to Scott Anderson, Albert Bowie and the other organisers for inviting me along, and it was a particular privilege to meet Auntie Joan shortly after the opening festivities.

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