National Indigenous Youth Parliament

The third National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) is being conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission in collaboration with the YMCA and the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra from 23-29 May 2017. APPLY NOW!

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Labor appalled at Liberals' cuts to women's refuges

Labor is appalled by reports that the Liberals are planning to axe the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes $110 million in federal funding for women's refuges.


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Historic bipartisan report paves way for marriage equality

"Today we are one step closer to achieving marriage equality in Australia."


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Labor remains committed to renewables

Labor took a comprehensive plan to the election to address Australia’s energy future; with a target to achieve 50 per cent of Australia’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.

Labor’s commitment has not changed. 50 per cent is our target and we are sticking to it. 

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Bad news on the jobs front: 56,000 fewer full time jobs than in January 2016

It’s no wonder Australians are struggling to find work. There are 56,000 fewer full time jobs since January 2016. There are fewer full time jobs now than when Malcolm Turnbull rolled Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

Labor welcomes the modest decrease in Australia’s unemployment rate to 5.7 per cent, but notes there are still 720,000 unemployed Australians according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. 

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The Turnbull government should not be threatening the future of the NDIS

The Turnbull Government’s incompetence has been exposed again with crossbench Senators joining Labor in opposing the Government’s unfair omnibus cuts to families, pensioners, new mums and young people. 

The Turnbull Government must now drop its unfair omnibus cuts to Family Tax Benefits, paid parental leave, Newstart and the Energy Supplement that it yesterday disgracefully linked to the future of the NDIS. 

Mr Turnbull, Mr Morrison and Mr Porter should take these unfair cuts out of the Parliament and out of the Budget, for good.

Christian Porter should be condemned for his shameful attempt to link the future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with support for cruel cuts to vulnerable Australians.

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Standing up for Australian jobs

Whether it's penalty rates, opposing Workchoices on Water, making sure Australians have the skills they need for jobs now and in the future, Labor stands up for Australian jobs.

Read my speech to the House.

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The Liberals' planned cuts to families

The Turnbull Government says it is cutting family payments to pay for child care.

In fact, it is cutting $2.7 billion from family payments, but spending only $1.6 billion on its child care changes.

In any event, Labor has said very clearly that the Turnbull Government should not hold families, pensioners, new parents and young people to ransom to pay for childcare reform. 

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Turnbull government confirms plans to increase the retirement age to 70

The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter has confirmed that it remains the Turnbull Government’s policy to increase the eligibility age for the Age Pension to 70.

“We’re still committed to raising the pension age in a slow and measured way to 70.”

-       Christian Porter, The Australian, 10 February 2017


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Peter Dutton should not get Trump-like powers

My speech to the Parliament, opposing a government bill that was reminiscent of President Trump's Muslim ban.

Ms BUTLER (Griffith) (10:46):  This Turnbull government bill is reminiscent of President Trump's Muslim ban executive order, and that is why we are so concerned about it. It is a grave shame, because the balance of the bill contains very important changes which we are very supportive of, including the SmartGate technology, which the tourism sector would no doubt like to see passed sooner rather than later. It is a very great shame that the government has seen fit to include such a controversial provision in the visa revalidation schedule to this bill.

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