Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Diversity Isn't Garbage, Senator Anning's Speech Is

Last night, Senator Anning showed what he and Katter’s Australia Party really stand for.

Not only did he advocate for a return to the White Australia policy, and emulate Nazi dogma, he attacked gender diverse and young LGBTIQ Australians.

In what can only be described as a disgusting and disgraceful attack on diversity and inclusion, Senator Anning described gender fluidity and the Safe Schools program as ‘garbage’.

It is unacceptable that, in 2018, a member of the Parliament of Australia thinks that it’s acceptable to denigrate some of society’s most vulnerable people.

16 per cent of young LGBTIQ people have attempted suicide, and that figure rises to 48 per cent in trans and gender nonconforming people.

Senator Anning’s comments do nothing to help these numbers.

Safe Schools is not garbage. Gender fluidity is not garbage. Preaching hate and bigotry is.

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Taking STEM Careers to the Classroom this National Science Week

Terri Butler MP took part in an effort to increase student interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by joining STEM professionals as they share their stories in classrooms across Australia this morning.

As the nature of work changes, it is more important than ever that students participate and engage in STEM subjects in Australia and that STEM professionals unite to engage students.

The 2018 STEM in Schools event, run by CSIRO, forms part of National Science Week and aims to make STEM careers more visible and relatable by inviting STEM Professionals into the classroom to share their work and their stories.

Seven Hills State School came alive with science as students learned more about the types of STEM careers in their own community. Terri Butler joined the students in the activities, underlining the national importance of STEM for Australia's future.

STEM in Schools events are taking place in more than 350 schools around Australia, with STEM professionals and parliamentarians visiting schools across Australia to conduct activities and share their passion for STEM. The conversation will continue online, with all Australian STEM professionals encouraged to share their STEM stories using #STEMinSchools on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram today.


Valuing Early Education This Week

5-12 August is Early Learning Matters week and is a great opportunity for the community to reflect on the importance and benefits of early education for all of our youngest minds.

As part of Early Learning Matters Week, Terri Butler MP visited Kids at Home Family Day Care in Griffith to talk with providers about their role in educating our youngest children.

Labor has long understood the importance of early learning and the positive impact this can have on children’s development and education.

Labor knows that high quality learning and development experiences such as play based learning in the first five years of life are critical to children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development.

Early Learning Matters Week highlights the incredible support, care and value which our early education providers and educators provide, and why it is so important that all children access early education.

Labor has always been for early education and will always be the Party of early education.

In Government, Labor took action to reduce the financial burden of child care on families. We increased the child care rebate from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs, and increased the cap to $7,500. We invested $970 million to create the national universal access to preschool for four year olds program, and we introduced the National Quality Framework which has lifted standards and quality in early education.

In stark contrast, the Turnbull Government has a shameful record in early education. They have reduced access to subsidised education and care to some of our most vulnerable families with their unfair new activity test and funding cuts. They refuse to provide long term certainty to the national preschool program, and they have cut funding to the national safety and quality program.

The Turnbull Government’s own unfair child care package fails to value the importance of early childhood education, and treats early years learning as nothing but a babysitting service.

Unfortunately, the reality is as we highlight the importance of early education, there are one in four families who are now worse off under the Turnbull Government’s unfair child care changes.


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