Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

We Are Union Pride Launch

Terri Butler MP congratulates Victorian Trades Hall on the launch of We Are Union Pride.

“LGBTIQA+ issues have always been union issues,” Terri Butler said.

“From the BLF striking in solidarity with a queer student who was expelled from Robert Menzies College at Macquarie University in the 70s, to unions campaigning for marriage equality during last year’s postal survey, the labour movement has fought for liberation and to end discrimination.

“Now that Australia has marriage equality, I have no doubt We Are Union Pride will continue to fight, pushing for real workplace equality, security, and safety for all LGBTIQA+ people.

“I congratulate all the LGBTIQA+ unionists who have worked to make this happen, and commend Victorian Trades Hall for taking up this initiative,” Terri Butler said.

Ms Butler will be attending the launch party for We Are Union Pride this evening in Melbourne.

FRIDAY, 4 MAY 2018


Anzac Day Speech

I was honoured to deliver the ANZAC Day Address at the Bulimba District RSL Sub Branch ceremony at Bulimba Memorial Park. You can read my speech below.

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and I pay my respects to their elders past and present. Today I also pay my respects to the young indigenous men - around a thousand of them - who fought for the Commonwealth in the first world war, and those who have fought in every conflict following.

I acknowledge

  • Lieutenant Commander Marcello Quintieri, Executive Officer, HMAS Moreton
  • Lieutenant Commander Craig Flynn, RANR
  • Andrew Herbert, Former Member Australian Army 2001-2011, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Di Farmer MP, State Member for Bulimba
  • Councillor Kara Cook, Councillor for Morningside
  • Mr Trevor Wheate, Secretary, Bulimba District RSL Sub-Branch
  • Mr Brian Laing, Past President, Bulimba District RSL Sub-Branch
  • South Eastern District RSL QLD Branch
  • Reverend Sarah Leismann, Chaplain, Cannon Hill Anglican College
  • The Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band.
  • All serving and former members of the armed forces.

I am honoured to give the ANZAC Day address here in Bulimba.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance, where we come together as Australians to remember the sacrifice made by so many in our name.

In particular, we remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed on the beaches of Gallipoli on this day, 103 years ago.

We remember, yet cannot fully comprehend, what one would have felt that morning.

On the 25th April, young and far from home, propelled by a nation, the Anzacs approached a foreign shore. 

Each year we commemorate their service at dawn, and use the sacredness of the half-light to reflect on the braveness of those men that morning.

We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And we remember all Australians who served and died in all conflicts, wars and operational service.

Those who have fallen on battlefields far from home, and those who made it home to their loved ones but bore injuries sustained serving their country.

We remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer from physical, mental and emotional injuries, sustained as a result of their service.

And we owe it to them and their families, to remember the terrible lessons of war and the pressing imperative for peace.

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Labor will Axe the "Tampon Tax"

A Shorten Labor Government will end Australia’s unfair and discriminatory “tampon tax”, partnering with the states and territories to remove the GST on women’s sanitary products.

This is a tax on women in Griffith.

Member for Griffith, Terri Butler, said it was time the unfair tax was ended.

“Australian women are hit with the 10 per cent GST on these products– around $30 million a year in tax – because they are not considered necessities. 

“The tax shouldn’t have been applied in the first place – there is no question that sanitary products aren’t a luxury item. They are necessary for reproductive health and hygiene.

“At the same time, products such as incontinence pads, sunscreen and nicotine patches – even Viagra – are exempt from the tax. 

“That’s why Labor is leading the way to abolish this tax on sanitary items.”

Terri Butler said that Malcolm Turnbull should announce plans in next month’s Budget to scrap the tampon tax.

“Labor is offering a solution to end this tax - there is no reason for Malcolm Turnbull to refuse it.

“If Mr Turnbull fails to adopt Labor’s policy, a Shorten Labor Government will work with state and territory governments to scrap the tax urgently upon coming to office.” 

To offset the loss of revenue to the states from GST on sanitary items, GST will be applied consistently to 12 natural therapies that are sometimes GST free, such as herbalism and naturopathy.

Ensuring the GST is applied to these therapies will bring their GST treatment into line with bipartisan policy to remove the private health insurance rebate from them.

These natural therapies are not supported by clinical evidence, as the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and the National Health and Medical Research Council found in a review in 2015.

At a time when government budgets are tight, the GST health exemption should only cover items with proven clinical effectiveness.

“Scrapping the tampon tax will make sanitary products more affordable – but just as importantly, it will be an important step forward in gender equity,” Terri Butler said.

MONDAY, 30 APRIL 2018



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