Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Let's work together to find the best possible solution for the children concerned

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Low and middle income Australia hurt most by Liberals' uni cuts

With Tanya Plibersek MP

New analysis has revealed that low and middle income areas of Australia will be hurt most by Malcolm Turnbull’s $2.2 billion of uni cuts.

Western Sydney, Western and outer Melbourne, and outer metro Brisbane and Perth are hit particularly hard.

Because the former Labor Government uncapped uni places, those areas have seen huge increases in the number of students going to uni. 

But that growth will be stopped in its tracks because Mr Turnbull’s cuts have effectively reintroduced a cap on the number of uni places - taking us back to the bad old days of John Howard. 

Labor’s opened the door to uni for hundreds of thousands more Australians, but Malcolm Turnbull has slammed that door shut. 

It’s estimated that around 10,000 people could miss out on a uni place this year because of Mr Turnbull’s cuts.

Some of these Australians would be the first in their family to go to uni, and instead of supporting them, the Liberals are locking them out.   

This is an especially cruel blow to the many Year 12 graduates who studied so hard to get into uni.

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A step closer to PrEP

With Tanya Plibersek MP & Catherine King MP

With the game-changing HIV prevention treatment pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reportedly set to get the tick of approval from PBAC, the Turnbull Government must commit to making the medicine available to those who need it as soon as possible. 

Reports indicate that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) will today confirm a positive recommendation for PrEP to be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

This is extremely encouraging news and would be a massive step forward towards ending new HIV transmissions in Australia.

More than 1,000 Australians are still diagnosed with HIV every year, and in some areas we are going backwards. Shockingly, the rate of new infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities is now above the Australian average for the first time ever.

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