Eight Months After the Fanfare, Where's the Money, Minister Porter?

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

EIGHT MONTHS AFTER THE FANFARE, WHERES THE MONEY, MINISTER PORTER?

 

Minister Porter has confirmed that after almost eight months, none of the $20 million the Turnbull government allocated for family violence prevention and early intervention programs has been spent.

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Turnbull's Uni Funding Cuts Will Hit Jobs and Growth

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

TURNBULL’S UNI FUNDING CUTS WILL HIT JOBS AND GROWTH

 

The Prime Minister’s $3.8 billion dollars in cuts to universities over four years will have serious impacts on one of South Australia’s biggest employers, public universities.

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Keenan Admits: No Funding for Cross-Examination Reform

MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

KEENAN ADMITS: NO FUNDING FOR CROSS-EXAMINATION REFORM

Last night during Consideration in Detail in the Federation Chamber, Shadow Justice Minister Michael Keenan was asked a simple question: where is the funding for the government’s plans to prevent family violence victims from being cross-examined by their abusers in court?

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Universities are lining up to oppose the Turnbull government's cuts and fee hikes

The Turnbull government’s university funding cuts, fee hikes and demands that poorer people pay to help fund the higher education system have been under fire this week.

This week Vice-Chancellors including Prof Andrew Vann from CSU, Prof Greg Craven from the ACU, and Prof Michael Spence from the University of Sydney have been critical of the Turnbull government’s cuts to higher education funding.

Prof Vann said the cuts and fee hikes don’t pass the pub testand would affect regional students. 

Prof Spence described the reduction in the income threshold, at which students commence making payments, as a tax. 

And Prof Craven described the changes as a wrecking ball that would demolish one of the best university systems in the world.

These strong criticisms come as the Turnbull government wants to make students pay more, for less. 

Students will cop fee hikes, meaning they’ll have bigger debts. 

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Internet speeds are languishing under the Turnbull government

The latest Akamai State of the Internet Reportis a damning indictment on the Turnbull’s mismanagement of the NBN – with Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses enduring amongst the poorest average internet speeds in the developed world.

At the 2013 election Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised that he could deliver his inferior version of the NBN faster and cheaper with three key commitments:

  • Minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second to all Australians by the end of 2016.
  • A public expenditure limit of $29.5 billion.
  • A commitment that areas most under-served by existing telecommunications infrastructure would be prioritised in the rollout. (Source: Liberal policy document - Fast Broadband & an Affordable NB

The unfortunate reality is that under Malcolm Turnbull’s stewardship the NBN has failed to meet any of the benchmarks he set for it.

The Turnbull Government has only delivered average connection speeds of just 11.1Mbps to-date.

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The Turnbull government's $2.2 billion Medicare cut

Malcolm Turnbull’s attacks on Medicare continue, with new data confirming his Budget locks in a $2.2 billion cut to GPs, specialists and allied health services.
Data from the independent Parliamentary Budget Office shows the damage done to Medicare from the Liberals’ Medicare freeze is $3.2 billion over the next four years.
The damage is $735 million for the first year alone – that’s $735 million ripped out of the pockets of Australians when they are accessing the health care they need.
In comparison the Government has put in a paltry $9 million towards lifting the freeze next financial year – 1.2% of the funding they have ripped out.
This shows a $2.2 billion shortfall over the next four years, compared to the Government’s pathetic Budget attempt to reverse the cuts.

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University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor is Right to Condemn Contempt for Women

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY VICE-CHANCELLOR IS RIGHT TO CONDEMN CONTEMPT FOR WOMEN

Labor commends the University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Michael Spence, for his leadership in response to material on Facebook, originating from residents at St Paul’s College, displaying contempt for women.

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My co-written essay on tax and inequality

The Fabians have published an essay that I co-wrote with Andrew Giles MP, Tax Settings and Inequality.

"As the dust begins to settle around what's left of the Turnbull government’s “Enterprise Tax Plan,” our nation needs a completely different conversation about taxation policy.

The decisions to be made about taxation - such as how much is to be raised, and by what means - affect much more than just finding the revenue to secure the provision of necessary services.

They are decisions about, and determined by, how we see ourselves, and one another. Decisions about taxation are decisions about the sort of future we, as Australians, see for our nation, and for ourselves.

Today, Australians are experiencing record levels of inequality. Unchecked, this will get worse, separating the experiences and opportunities of Australians, dampening all of our prospects.

We are on course for a future which promises a new Gilded Age for a lucky few, at the expense of confined and insecure lives for the many."

The Fabian Society has made the the full essay available for download here

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Malcolm Turnbull's Uni Funding Cuts Will Hit Regional Universities

Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts to universities, of $3.8 billion over four years, will hit regional universities hard.

“Today I met with the Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University (CSU), Professor Andrew Vann, to discuss  the impact of the budget cuts and the Vice-Chancellor’s public comments, made yesterday,” Terri Butler said.

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We need to do something right now about inequality

I spoke about the cuts in the Turnbull Government's 2017 Budget.

 

Read the speech below.

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