Like a lot of people, I've been campaigning to put pressure on the government to extend their commitment to kindy funding.
At the moment the Universal Access kindy funding is due to run out at the end of this year. That's the funding that goes to the states, to cover a third of the cost of giving pre-school age kids access to fifteen hours of teaching a week.
Alongside many others, I've called on the Turnbull government Minister, Senator Birmingham, to extend the funding.
He has finally caved and agreed to extend the funding beyond 2017 - but by only one year.
That means the funding is now scheduled to run out at the end of 2018.
I don't think this is good enough.
It is time for the Turnbull government to end the delay and commit, once and for all, to funding Cross River Rail.
Infrastructure investment can contribute to economic growth and can contribute to job creation.
Yet Labor is worried that next week’s Budget will potentially see a decline rather than an increase in infrastructure investment.Read more
The Treasurer Scott Morrison must drop all of the Turnbull Government’s unfair zombie cuts in next Tuesday’s budget - no ifs, buts or maybes.
The Turnbull Government has seven days to drop all of its unfair zombie cuts to new mums, pensioners, people with disability and young Australians, including:
- Cuts to Paid Parental Leave –70,000 new mums will be worse off.
- Scrapping the Energy Supplement – a $1 billion cut to pensioners, people with disability, carers and Newstart recipients.
- Increasing the Pension Age to 70 – the oldest pension age in the developed world.
- Five week wait for Newstart – forcing young people to live off nothing for five weeks before they can access income support.
- Cuts to young people between the ages of 22 and 24 by pushing them off Newstart onto the lower Youth Allowance – a cut of around $48 a week or almost $2,500 a year.
- Scrapping the Pensioner Education Supplement and Education Entry Payment.
- Cutting the pension to pensioners born overseas who spend more than six weeks overseas.
Preschools and kindergartens across the country face the loss of all federal funding from next year under Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals – a cut of $420 million per year.
Without federal funding for preschool and kindergarten, hours will be cut, fees will rise, and working parents will be left scrambling.
In most cases, preschool hours will be cut from 15 per week to 10 without this federal funding – the equivalent of a day a week of preschool cut.
Labor has called on Malcolm Turnbull to step in and stop the cuts scheduled in the Budget.
Labor introduced federal funding for preschool in 2009 with the goal of all children receiving 15 hours of quality early education in the year before school.Read more
THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
LIBERALS CONFIRM UNI STUDENTS TO PAY FOR $50 BILLION BIG BUSINESS TAX CUT
Last night, the Liberals confirmed they will jack up student fees and cut uni funding to pay for a $50 billion big business tax cut.
The Liberals have their priorities all wrong.
Malcolm Turnbull should not be asking students to foot the bill for his $50 billion tax cut for big business and the banks, especially given company profits soared 65 per cent last year.
Labor doesn't want young Australians saddled with a big uni debt at the same time as they are trying to buy a house, or start a family.Read more
Australia’s TAFE, apprenticeship and skills sector is facing massive cuts under the Turnbull Government that will leave students in Queensland more than $105 million worse off every year.
Today, Labor member for Griffith, Terri Butler, is calling in Malcolm Turnbull to step in and stop these cuts in the May budget.Read more
Four years ago today, Malcolm Turnbull stood up with his then leader, Tony Abbott, to promisethat all Australians would have access to minimum speeds on the National Broadband Network by the end of 2016.
What a hoax that turned out to be. We’re 99 days into 2017 and 7 million households and businesses are still waiting.Read more
Around 5,134 Family Tax Benefit A (FTBA) families in Griffith will be worse off from 1 July this year because of Malcolm Turnbull’s $1.4 billion in cuts to Family Tax Benefits.
This includes 4,171 Family Tax Benefit B (FTB B) families in our community who rely on just one income.
By freezing Family Tax Benefit payment rates the Turnbull Government is leaving 1.5 million families, including millions of children, around Australia worse off.Read more