Tony Abbott Should Dump His Extravagant PPL Scheme

In the wake of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report, Terri Butler MP says Tony Abbott should dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme and invest the money in child care.

“The Abbott government has already announced $1 billion in cuts to assistance to families,” Ms Butler said.

“Right now there is legislation before the Parliament cutting the Child Care Benefit, which goes to low and middle-income families.

“It makes no sense for the Prime Minister to commission a review to look at ways to make childcare more affordable at the same time that he is persisting in cuts.

“If Mr Abbott is serious about improving the child care system he would reverse the $1 billion worth of cuts and dump his unfair and extravagant Paid Parental Leave scheme.

“The Productivity Commission has now joined Labor, the business community and Mr Abbott's own colleagues who believe this money could be better spent elsewhere,” Ms Butler said.

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Registered Organisations amendment legislation

We all know that the reason we are debating this bill tonight is that, as we have seen in recent weeks, this government would like to talk about anything but its toxic budget. It is a budget that takes money out of the pockets of the very people who trusted this Prime Minister before the election. As is the hallmark of this government, this bill represents yet another broken promise from a Prime Minister and a government that are watching their trust and support slip away like sand between their fingers. It is hardly surprising that when a Liberal-National government is in trouble, they run towards what they know best, which is attacking workers and attacking representative organisations. This bill is about registered organisations, which are employer and employee organisations registered under the Fair Work regime.

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Musgrave Park Family Fun Day

On Friday I had the honour of attending the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day, part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. I was one of around 25,000 people who attended. It was a massive event with almost 200 stalls. I had the pleasure and privilege of listening to Uncle Des' welcome to country. I was really grateful to Scott Anderson, Albert Bowie and the other organisers for inviting me along, and it was a particular privilege to meet Auntie Joan shortly after the opening festivities.

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South Side families face child care cuts

Terri Butler MP said the Abbott Government has introduced legislation currently before the Parliament that has the sole purpose of cutting the Child Care Benefit which 3,570 families in Griffith rely on.

The Child Care Benefit is a means-tested payment to low and middle income families to assist with the cost of child care. This cut will directly hit families earning as little as $42,000 a year.

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A Sad Day For South Side Ship Workers

Terri Butler MP has expressed her sympathy for the workers at Forgacs Cairnscross following today’s decision to close its Colmslie dockyard.

“It is disappointing that the workers at this facility will be without work in just four weeks.

“My heart goes out to these workers and their families.

“Workers I spoke to at the dockyard just two weeks ago were very concerned about the significant downturn in the shipbuilding and maintenance industry.

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Brisbane Airport Corporation Submission

After surveying locals in the Griffith electorate and speaking to various stakeholders, I made the following submission to Brisbane Airport Corporation regarding Aircraft Noise.

This submission is made in my capacity as the Member for Griffith. I have attempted to state my constituents’ views, as discerned from the survey I conducted, and to propose, measured, balanced means of mitigating aircraft noise.  This submission does not necessarily represent the views of any political party.

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Butler releases Aircraft Noise Survey results and renews call for a curfew

Terri Butler MP has renewed her call for a trial curfew, or at the least limits on traffic volumes, along with new noise insulation measures, to deal with aircraft noise.

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Cuts to dental health

Ms BUTLER (Griffith) (14:46):  My question is to the Prime Minister. Before the election, the Prime Minister said there would be no cuts to health. But the Prime Minister is cutting $390 million from public dental programs that Australians, including pensioners, rely on. No matter what deal the Prime Minister pieces together this week, why should Australians suffer for the Prime Minister's broken promises?

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The environment is a matter of public importance

Regarding the Coalition's Emissions Reduction Fund: "There will be no requirement to reduce emissions. There will be no cap on emissions. There will be payments to polluters. Why would the so-called Minister for the Environment want to introduce such a policy when the obvious difficulties with it are there for everybody to see?"

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Abbott government makes childcare less affordable

The measures in this bill are unprecedented. No government has frozen indexation on the child care rebate without using the proceeds of the savings to help fund child care quality measures by returning the savings to early learning. No government at all has frozen the income thresholds on the child care benefit. These unprecedented measures are greatly disappointing, but sadly this approach is consistent with the Liberal-Nationals' longstanding failure to support accessible, affordable child care.

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