Pensioners and Seniors Information Kit

I have updated the Pensioners and Seniors Information Kit, reflecting the Turnbull Government’s cuts to the pension assets test of 1 January 2017. 

The Kit is tailored for pensioners and seniors, and contains all important information on pension rates, deeming rates and the income and assets tests.

The kit is available HERE, or you can get a copy from my electorate office.

Have you been unfairly underpaid because of your disability?

In December 2016, the Federal Court approved the settlement of a class action case brought by my old firm, Maurice Blackburn, on behalf of thousands of workers with an intellectual disability who were underpaid over several years.

Eligible workers will be paid 70% of the amount owed to them, without any impact on their pension or any requirement to pay tax.

In order to be paid, you must be eligible and you must register for payment with the Department of Social Services. You must register before 30 April 2017.

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Apprentice numbers are falling through the floor

Apprentice numbers have declined in our electorate of Griffith by a third since the Liberals were elected in late 2013.

In contrast to Liberal cuts that have seen apprentice numbers drop dramatically, Labor will boost apprentice numbers across the country by ensuring Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs. 

Labor will set a target that at least one in 10 jobs on major projects will be filled by apprentices.

Due to $2.5 billion in Liberal and National cuts to TAFE and apprenticeship support, more than a thousand fewer apprenticeships have been taken up in the electorate of Griffith alone.

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Business issues warning on Mr Turnbull's cuts to Paid Parental Leave

Business groups have criticised the Turnbull Government's cuts to paid parental leave, telling a Senate Inquiry that they will likely reduce their own parental leave schemes as a result of the cuts.

Sign the petition to oppose Mr Turnbull's cuts to Paid Parental Leave.


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Save Medicare

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the start of Medicare!

That means it has been 33 years since all Australians were guaranteed access to health treatment when they need it.

Last year alone, around 21 million Australians accessed Medicare services – including GP visits, vital tests and scans, and hospital treatments.

Medicare is the heart and soul of our universal health care system and the envy of many countries around the world. But it took two Labor governments more than two decades of fighting conservatives to get it done.

The fight isn’t over, because the Liberals are making cuts to health. Those who can least afford to pay for quality health care will be the hardest hit.

There’s one thing that you can do right now to help us protect Medicare.

Sign the petition, here.

Payment Times and Practices Inquiry

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is calling for submissions to an inquiry into payment times and practices for small businesses.

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The 2017 Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Flint program

Applications for the 2017 Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Flint program are now open.  Communities across Qld can apply to receive up to $25,000 to support and inspire the next generation of digital makers through the IDX initiative.

Applications close on 17th February 2017. 


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Enough already! Fund Cross River Rail

It is well past time the Turnbull Government stopped dithering and committed to funding to Brisbane's Cross River Rail, which is an essential project to reduce congestion in this growing city.

Construction could already have been underway on this congestion-busting, job-creating project if the Coalition Government had not cut Federal funding for it in their 2014 Budget.

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Media Release - Congratulations to the Southside's Unsung Heroes

Terri Butler MP has congratulated the Southside’s unsung heroes who were honoured yesterday at a ceremony hosted by Terri Butler MP.

“More than 270 people attended the 18th Annual Griffith Australia Day Awards, to honour a wonderful group of unsung heroes,” Terri Butler said.

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The Liberals want to replace coal power stations with ... coal power stations?

The Turnbull government's climbed into the DeLorean and taken us back to the future."

      - Mark Butler, Shadow minister for Climate Change and Energy



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