Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Cost of Living Issues Paper

Every day, households around Australia grapple with cost-of-living pressures. Labor believes the Federal Government should do what it can to help ease those pressures. But last year's Federal Budget - the Abbott Government's first - contained measures that would make it even harder for people to maintain their living standards.

The changes to pensions, the cuts to family payments, the cuts to child care, family day care and outside school hours care, the proposal to uncap university fees, the petrol tax and the GP tax were all surprise measures in the Abbott Government's first Budget. And they were all measures that would affect middle-class and more vulnerable households' ability to meet their cost-of-living.

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Statement regarding the reported arson incident at a Queensland mosque

Reports of an arson incident at a Queensland mosque yesterday are deeply concerning, Terri Butler MP said.

“My office has been in touch with the Holland Park Islamic Society, to express my concern and support for the Muslim members of our local community,” she said. 

“Freedom of religion, and support for multiculturalism, are Australian values. 

“Thankfully, in our community, there is vastly more support for religious freedom and multiculturalism, than opposition to those values.

“Hate and vilification have no place in our modern and welcoming society,” she said.


Local Representatives Call on Abbott Government to Fund Local Infrastructure for Barracks Development

TERRI BUTLER MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH 

DI FARMER MP

STATE MEMBER FOR BULIMBA 

CR SHAYNE SUTTON

COUNCILLOR FOR MORNINGSIDE WARD

MEDIA RELEASE

 Local elected representatives Councillor Shayne Sutton, Di Farmer MP and Terri Butler MP have called on the Federal Government to allocate 10 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the Bulimba Barracks towards local infrastructure improvements.

The representatives said this is only way to ensure local roads and community infrastructure is upgraded in a timely manner to cope with the population increase expected from the site’s conversion.

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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: http://www.terributlermp.com/submission_to_the_data_retention_bill_inquiry

The parliamentary advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014: http://goo.gl/tWvPnU


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

You can watch this speech on Youtube: https://youtu.be/UDzjXFWugx4

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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

TERRI BUTLER MP

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH 

DI FARMER MP

STATE MEMBER FOR BULIMBA 

CR SHAYNE SUTTON

COUNCILLOR FOR MORNINGSIDE WARD 

MEDIA RELEASE 

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 finder.com.au 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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