Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Butler to Hold Community Rally for the Red Cross Hall

The Member for Griffith, Terri Butler MP, will hold a community rally this Saturday, calling on the Federal Government to take action on the old Red Cross Hall at Greenslopes.
“The old Red Cross Hall at Greenslopes has been neglected for too long,” Ms Butler said.
“The Hall has fallen into disrepair; the presence of asbestos is obvious and poses a risk to residents.
“The Commonwealth owns this property. The Morrison Government needs to listen to the concerns of our community and fix up the site urgently.
“If the government won’t do something, they need to find someone who will,” she said.
Terri Butler’s rally will take place at 1:30 pm this Saturday, 13 October, outside the Red Cross Hall on the corner of Headfort and Newdegate Streets in Greenslopes.

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World Mental Health Day - A Reminder to Do Better for Young People Experiencing Mental Ill Health

With the Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, and Senator Deborah O'Neill, Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day.
This year’s theme – ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’ –  is aimed at bringing attention to the issues our young people are facing in the world today.
Labor acknowledges, values and respects the tireless work undertaken by youth mental health professionals across the country.
Today is a timely reminder to us all that the level of mental ill health amongst young people is of persistent and increasing concern.
We know that despite the best efforts of governments and sector alike, mental ill health continues to affect far too many young Australians.       
In the past 12 months, one in four young people have experienced mental ill health.
Within this group, like all Australians, there is diversity across race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation.
Our young First Nations’ people, LGBTIQ Australians and those living in rural, remote or in low socio-economic status areas have higher incidences of mental ill health.
Young people are the most likely group to have long-term and enduring experiences of mental ill health, with 50 per cent of mental ill health emerging by the age of 14 and 75 per cent before the age of 25.
More broadly recent ABS figures revealed 3,128 Australians died by suicide in 2017 –an increase of 262 deaths from the previous year.
In 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death among people aged between 15-44 years.
These statistics are deeply concerning and heartbreaking.
Labor calls on the Government to adopt the National Mental Health Commission’s target of reducing suicide rates by 50 percent over 10 years as a matter of urgency.
A robust target, backed by real resources from all levels of government and an effective plan that supports long-term reform, is needed to drive change.
Labor knows mental ill health and suicide affects far too many Australians.
World Mental Health Day reminds us all that although a lot of great work has been done we can and must do better.

* For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other services include Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467, Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978 *

Labor Will Deliver Kindy Funding

The Liberals have continually refused to extend universal access kindy funding beyond the end of next year.

Since I made this speech, Labor has announced that we will deliver universal access funding for 3 and 4 year-olds to go to kindy.

You can read my full speech below.

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