Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Griffith Stronger Communities Programme Round 4

What could your community group do with $20,000?

The Stronger Communities Programme asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Griffith for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

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Butler Congratulates Vision Australia and Graduates of Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Terri Butler congratulates Vision Australia’s graduates of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

“Vision Australia is rightly proud of their Career Visions Trainees today, who have successfully completed a Certificate 1 in Business through Skilling Queenslanders for Work,” Ms Butler said.

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work assists people who are generally underrepresented in the workforce – like young people, First Nations people, people with disability, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“This program has already been massively successful with over 16 000 people finding jobs as a result of taking part in Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the last three years alone.

“It’s so wonderful to have a success story like Vision Australia on the Southside,” Ms Butler said.

Terri Butler MP will be attending the Vision Australia Skilling Queenslanders for Work Graduation Ceremony at 1:30pm this afternoon, at the Vision Australia office on Old Cleveland Rd.


Turnbull Government Must Not Abandon Kindies

Reports in the Australian Financial Review today that kindy funding is under threat reveal that the the Turnbull government is completely out-of-touch.

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 2019. 

And today the AFR is reporting that the Turnbull government has said spending on the National Partnership agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education will conclude from June 30, 2020. That's a massive cut - more than $440m.

It's not good enough. Families and kids deserve better.

Universal access funding helps make sure that children have access to at least 15 hours of kindy per week for 40 weeks in the year.

Labor introduced this funding when we were in government. We committed $955 million over five years.

Since the Liberals came to power, they have extended the funding only for one or two years at a time. Now it's clear that they've been doing so because they are planning to walk away from their responsibilities in relation to kindy.

In 2008, before Labor introduced universal access funding for preschool and kindergarten, just 12 per cent of Australian children received 15 hours or more of quality education in the year before school.  By 2012 that figure had risen to over 56 per cent.

Today enrolment rates are well over 90 percent.

Kids who get to do at least fifteen hours of kindy, before they start school, do better at school. The Commonwealth should not shirk its responsibilities to make sure Australians get the best possible start to their education.


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