Our community must stand together against religious vilification

A prosperous and diverse nation like ours is no place for religious vilification, Terri Butler MP has said. 

“Religiously-motivated attacks and abuse are unacceptable,” Ms Butler said.

The Federal Member for Griffith, responding to reports of a number of incidents directed at members of the Islamic community on Brisbane’s South Side, said Queensland had laws against religious vilification, and that people should continue to treat each other with respect and kindness.

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Labor’s Cost of Living Committee launched in Hobart

Labor’s new national Cost of Living Committee has been launched in Hobart today.

Committee chair, the Member for Griffith and Senator Sam Dastyari said the Cost of Living committee will hear from people, charities and community organisations across the country about the rising cost of living in Australia.

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PC Early childhood and childcare inquiry further submission


International tax agreements legislation

The way that we can manage our tax evasion directly affects the budget, as we have been talking about to date. This government has tried to manufacture a budget emergency. They have now downgraded that to a so-called budget mess, but the fact is that when you come to office and you take about a year to start to address tax evasion people are going to raise their eyebrows when you claim that there are expenditure problems in the Australian budget. 

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Congratulations on the 50th - Seton College

Congratulations on your 50th anniversary, Seton College. Speech made on 1 September 2014.

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Abbott government waters down consumer protections

Labor has always been the party of consumer protection. Labor has always been the party saying: 'There are plenty of interests in our community; how about the interests of consumers when it comes to weighing the protections that can be offered?'

Speech made 27 August 2014

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Don't make family day care more expensive!

Don't cut family day care! Parents can't afford an extra $34.50 per week, per child for full time care. Speech to the House on 26 August 2014.

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The Community forces Abbott backdown on 18C

The community has made it clear to the Abbott Government that racism has no place in modern Australia, Terri Butler MP said.

“I welcome the news today that the Government’s changes to the Racial Discrimination Act will be scrapped,” Ms Butler said.

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Abbott’s Kindergarten Funding Uncertainty Leaves Southside Families in Limbo

The Abbott Government has left Southside families in limbo by refusing to confirm Federal kindergarten funding from next year.

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood, Kate Ellis, and Member for Griffith, Terri Butler, visited the C&K Harty Street Kindergarten in Coorparoo today, which relies on Federal kindergarten funding to deliver high quality early education to local children.

The Abbott Government is refusing to guarantee Federal kindergarten funding from next year, which currently ensures four-year-olds can access 15 hours of education in the year before school.

“Without this Federal money, kindergarten hours will be slashed, fees will rise and services could be forced to close their doors,” Kate Ellis said.

“The Government is refusing to give local families certainty, despite the Productivity Commission last week warning the Federal Government against cuts to kindergarten funding,” Kate Ellis said.

“Funding uncertainty is taking its toll on local families and services right now,” Terri Butler said.

“This has already dragged on for months and months – parents and their children deserve a lot better. Kindergartens don’t know if they can enrol new students, they can’t plan next year’s budget, and parents have no certainty about their work arrangements.”

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Gough's 98th birthday

[Speech to the Kawana Branch annual celebration of Gough Whitlam's birthday.]

That great Labor Reformer, Gough Whitlam, has turned 98.  It’s an honour to again wish him a happy birthday.

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As Gough has always done, let’s continue to modernise and reform our party and our platform. The Australian people need us to be a party of government. We must not let them down.

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