Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Abbott government has no plans to reduce aircraft noise

Member for Griffith Terri Butler says many Griffith residents will be disappointed by the decision of the Abbott Government not to trial a night-time curfew at Brisbane Airport.

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Speech about the importance of community language schools in maintaining heritage and language

It’s a pleasure to be here to support the Ethnic Schools Association Queensland as you mark 17 years. As always, I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather, and I pay my respects to elders past and present.

I understand that our country has more than 1,000 community language schools, which provide language maintenance in 69 languages to in excess of 100,000 school age children. That’s a remarkable achievement, and an important one.

Australia is a truly multicultural and diverse society. Our nation is richer for its multiculturalism.

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Paid parental leave - a question of priorities

Paid parental leave is an important benefit, both private and public. It shows that it’s normal and desirable to take time away from the workforce when you have kids. It helps families bond. It helps people afford to take the time away from work. And it helps society, if it’s administered so as to let people better participate in our workforce, and if it leads to stronger families.

But, as Prof Pocock has said:

“…work and family policy is about much more than paid parental leave. The body of existing research about good work and family regimes around the world supports a balanced policy approach: one that walks on more than one leg – responding to the intensive demands of early childhood that reach beyond the moment of birth – to ensure quality care for children and flexibility in workplaces.”

In Australia, Mr Deputy Speaker, there is much to be done, to make workplaces flexible enough to enable people with kids to fully participate, for their own benefit and for the nation’s. And there’s also much to be done to make quality childcare, that meets parents’ and children’s needs, accessible and affordable.

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