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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Handing over environmental approval powers to the Newman govt is not a great idea

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has put Australia on notice. We need to do better when it comes to the reef. The committee has warned us that if there is not substantial progress on the key issues they have identified, they may include the reef on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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Appropriations Bills

Last week I visited a local school, the Cannon Hill Anglican College. The principal showed me their new science block where students had access to facilities and equipment of a very high standard. She was really proud of those facilities and of her students' achievements and, like Principal Bell, I believe that science needs to be front and centre in our nation in the interests of our future.

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Paid Parental Leave Amendment Bill 2014

It is disappointing, in the broader context of paid parental leave, that we are seeing yet another example of that priorities problem this government seems to have. I have spoken in this House before about the issue of priorities when it comes to paid parental leave. You see this gold-plated Rolls Royce paid parental leave scheme that the Prime Minister has come up with, and his only concession to the arguments of fairness and equity that have been raised has been to reduce the threshold from $150,000 per annum earners down to $100,000 per annum earners. That means, still, that people who are earning $100,000 or more per annum—even if they earn $1 million or more; it is not capped—will be paid $50,000 if they have a baby versus someone on a lower income who will be paid a lower amount. We know that this income replacement process for paid parental leave was squarely dealt with by the Productivity Commission in its 2009 report. We know that the Productivity Commission expressly recommended against a full income replacement scheme in that 2009 report into paid parental leave. Yet, unfortunately, the Abbott government is pushing ahead with this inequitable scheme, where people who earn more get more government assistance and people who earn less get less government assistance.

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More Queensland jobs to go - what are Abbott and Newman doing?

QANTAS jobs will be lost in Brisbane, and again the Abbott and Newman governments have no plan for jobs, Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

 “Premier Campbell Newman’s cavalier reaction to the loss of more than 200 Brisbane jobs shows he is out of touch,” Ms Butler said.

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