Abbott budget cuts all youth unemployment programs

Tony Abbott has cut the only programs designed to help young people get into the workforce at a time when youth unemployment is over double the average unemployment rate, the Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

Last night’s budget axed all three education programs aimed at helping disadvantaged young Australians at risk of falling into unemployment to finish school and get a job.

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Pensioners, families in Griffith will pay for broken promises

Pensioners, families and young people will pay for the Abbott Government’s broken promises in last night’s budget, Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

“The people of Griffith have every right to feel betrayed by this Budget of broken promises and twisted priorities,” Ms Butler said.

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The confected crisis

If, as predicted, a GP tax is included in tonight's budget then the Liberals and the Nationals will understand very quickly how people feel about that change to Medicare. They will understand very quickly the backlash to the GP tax, not to mention the petrol tax, the personal tax increase, the failure to fund education as they had promised—the broken promises from a Prime Minister who claimed he would have no excuses

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Abbott failing our youth with cuts to job programs

Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP has called on the Abbott government to keep programs that fight youth unemployment, ahead of today’s budget.

“The Federal Government delivers three youth programs - Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Development - and the Abbott Government looks set to slash all three in the budget,” Ms Butler said.

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Newman Government admits cultural precinct plan consultation period inadequate

The Newman Government has agreed to accept “late” submissions about the Cultural Precinct
draft master plan, in a tacit admission that the consultation period is too
short, Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

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Hate speech laws

Like many in our community I oppose the Attorney-General's proposed changes to hate speech laws. I made a submission to his department explaining why Australia's hate speech laws should not be weakened in the way that the Attorney-General has suggested.

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Serious invasions of privacy

The Australian Law Reform Commission is inquiring about privacy law in the digital age. I support the establishment of a statutory cause of action for serious invasion of privacy. This is my submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its discussion paper.

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Awards to celebrate our brilliant local business women

Terri Butler MP today called for the Griffith community to celebrate brilliant local business women by nominating them for the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

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Terri Butler MP calls on Mr Hockey to come clean on cuts in Griffith

Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP today wrote to Treasurer Joe Hockey calling on him to immediately release the 900 pages of the Government’s Commission of Audit Report.

Ms Butler said the Abbott Government had been sitting on the final report for weeks and Mr Hockey owed it to the people of Griffith to come clean on what cuts are contained in the report.

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Ben Quilty - After Afghanistan - exhibition opening

The official war artist commissions, the longest running and largest art commissioning in Australia, provides us with an understanding of Australia’s experience in and at war. Each artist who spends time with the men and women of our defence force contributes to that understanding. Since the First World War, these artists have added their representation, their impressions of war adding to the array of interpretations of our wartime history.

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