Talking tax on 612 ABC with Steve Austin

"... we released a policy that's costed at delivering $1.9 billion in revenue over the forward estimates. And that was about a series of measures in respect of multinational tax evasion. The primary one, I think you mentioned before, was actually about thin capitalisation - which is, in other words, about how much debt a company can load up to their Australian businesses versus how much debt they have globally. And as you probably know, you can get some tax breaks on up to 60% of your Australian debt, so if you look at the world-wide gearing ratio, then that's going to be a much more accurate way of working out how much tax people should be paying here in Australia."

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Data Retention Bill speech 18 March 2015

Useful links

Terri's submission to the data retention bill enquiry:

The parliamentary advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014:

Terri's speech to Parliament on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014.

You can watch this speech on Youtube:

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Connecting communities through play not cuts

The Member for Griffith, Terri Butler MP, today called on the Abbott Government to celebrate National Playgroup Week, by restoring funding to vital families and children services such as playgroups. 

“The Week’s theme is Connecting Communities through Play, highlighting the contribution playgroups make to Australian communities and the importance of play for children in the vital early years,” Terri Butler said.

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Local representative team meets Parliamentary Secretary for Defence over Bulimba Barracks site








Local representative team meets Parliamentary Secretary for Defence over Bulimba Barracks site

The future of the Bulimba Barracks site was under discussion at meeting of local Labor representatives, the federal Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, and Defence Department officials today.

Local members Terri Butler MP, Federal Member for Griffith, Di Farmer MP, State Member for Bulimba, and Cr Shayne Sutton, Councillor for Morningside ward, met the parliamentary secretary, officials, and the site’s commanding officer, at the Barracks site this afternoon.

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High Household Debt Hits Household Budgets

Abbott Government Budget measures would put further cost of living pressure on households already struggling with high levels of household debt, Terri Butler MP said.

New research by has found that household debt on credit cards and personal loans has reached over $101 billion.

“Households are already struggling to make ends meet. The Abbott Government’s unfair policies make the situation even worse,” Terri Butler said.

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Submission to the data retention bill inquiry

The data retention bill is controversial. It's proposed that carriers and carriage service providers retain all customers' metadata for two years. The government hasn't pinned down the exact dataset which will determine the data to be retained, and it doesn't have a clear idea of how much this will all cost. I've made a submission to the inquiry into the bill, raising these and other issues.

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Abbott’s back down welcome but the fight for Medicare is not over

The Health Minister’s back down on changes to Medicare rebates is a win for patients and doctors but the fight for Medicare is not over, Terri Butler MP said.

“The community will welcome the Abbott Government’s sudden back down on their savage cuts to the Medicare rebate. However, the Prime Minister is still committed to taxing families when they visit the GP,” Terri Butler said.

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South Siders to pay for Abbott’s sneaky GP Tax

South Siders are just now discovering the impact Tony Abbott’s GP tax will have on their household budgets and their health, Terri Butler MP said.

“The community rejected the government’s GP tax so Tony Abbott has moved to undermine Medicare by sneaking regulations through the backdoor,” Terri Butler said.

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Second letter to the Minister for Defence re Bulimba Barracks site

The following is my second letter to the Minister for Defence regarding the Bulimba Barracks.

You can download the pdf here

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After Sydney tragedy political rivals unite to declare #weridetogether

Federal MPs Craig Laundy (Liberal), Terri Butler (ALP), Adam Bandt (Greens) and Zhenya "Dio" Wang (PUP) as well as ACTU President Ged Kearney may hold a range of political opinions, but they share a simple message: racism and hate have no place in Australian politics, or Australian life. 

These leaders from across the political spectrum share the desire of all Australians to affirm the value of inclusion following the Sydney siege tragedy.

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