The Japanese Cabinet Office, supported by SWY Australia and the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, is inviting 11 young Australians (18-30) and a national leader (30+) to represent Australia for a 6-week global leadership and cross-cultural programme from January 15th to March 1st 2019. The program is called the 'Ship for World Youth' (or SWY) and has been running since 1967.
The program consists of a multi-day cultural exchange and homestay in a Japanese prefecture, one week of 'on-shore' training in Tokyo which is a mixture of lectures, tutorials and excursions and then four weeks onboard the Nippon Maru continuing study and visiting the Australian ports of Darwin and Brisbane.
As part of this program, participating youth will be able to interact with likeminded youth from around the world and also develop their communication, leadership and management skills. Participants attend a variety of lectures on board and are invited to run their own seminars and discussions aboard. The core subjects of leadership, cross-cultural understanding and project management are supported by lectures in topics which in recent years have included: Children’s Rights, Education, Lifestyle-related Diseases; Social Innovation for Sustainable Development and Conversations about Empowering Self and Others.
The program is fully sponsored (there are small costs for uniform etc. past participants have fundraised for this).
Program Lecturers are world leaders in their fields and the global networks that participants will develop will be invaluable to their careers.
To apply for or for information on the Ship for World Youth Leaders, visit www.swyaus.org
Facebook: Ship for World Youth - Australia
Applications close 5PM AEST Friday 1st August 2018
Federal Labor Member for Griffith, Terri Butler MP, has welcomed the announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will establish new laws to tackle unfair labour hire practices on the Southside.
Ms Butler said that many people on the Southside were currently hurting because of unfair labour hire practices.
“I am hearing stories about workers being sacked and offered their job back at reduced pay and young people being locked out of the housing market.
“Too many labour hire workers are being treated like second class citizens, with lower wages, worse conditions and no job security” Ms Butler said.
That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will legislate to ensure that workers employed through a labour hire company will receive the same pay and conditions as people employed directly.
“Labor’s new policy is based on a simple principle: if you are doing the same job, you should get the same pay” Ms Butler said.
Ms Butler said there are workers who like the flexibility that labour hire provides, but too often it’s used purely as a mechanism to pay workers less, or to deprive them of conditions and security.
“Labor has listened to the concerns of workers in Griffith and taken action to build a fair labour hire industry that helps businesses meet their needs, while protecting workers” she said.
Terri Butler said the announcement builds on Labor’s strong plans to improve the pay and conditions of working Australians, including examining the definition of “casual” work, setting an objective test for deciding when a worker is “casual”.
“Malcolm Turnbull is so out of touch that he keeps telling us that casualisation isn’t a problem. The Liberals also voted against laws that would help workers recover unpaid wages where a labour hire company does a runner” said Terri Butler.
“While Labor is putting forward policies that deliver a fair go for the Southside, Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP continue to look after the top end of town.
Terri Butler said a Shorten Labor Government will consult with labour hire companies, host employers, unions and other stakeholders on the legislative scheme and transitional arrangements.
This policy will not affect small businesses using labour hire companies to source workers on a temporary basis or to deliver specialist skills.
MONDAY, 23 JULY 2018
Terri Butler MP will continue to support the campaign to remove abortion from the Criminal Code in Queensland.
"It is well past time that these 19th century laws, criminalising abortion, be removed from the statute books," Terri Butler said.
"I congratulate the Palaszczuk Government on accepting the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s report on abortion decriminalisation.
“Abortion must be safe, legal, and accessible, for the sake of all people who can become pregnant,” she said.
Terri Butler will attend the Women’s Abortion Rights Campaign picket in the CBD at 4pm today.
MONDAY, 23 JULY 2018