Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Inquiry into innovation and creativity

 

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Lifesaving helpline for women to be cut

TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY
MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

GRAHAM PERRETT MP

MEMBER FOR MORETON

 

LIFESAVING HELPLINE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN TO BE CUT 

In just over a week, Queensland’s only state-wide Domestic Violence Legal Helpline will be forced to cut its services.

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CUTS TO UNIVERSITY FUNDING RAISING SERIOUS CONCERN IN SYDNEY

Like other Australian Universities, University of Sydney is very concerned about the Turnbull Government’s cuts to university funding, representatives of the university confirmed in a meeting with Terri Butler today.

“I met with representatives of the university today to hear their response to the Government’s higher education changes,” Terri Butler said.

“The university is doing amazing things and I was pleased to see the world class facilities at the Charles Perkins Centre and the Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

“These facilities were made possible, in part, by contributions from the Education Infrastructure Fund.

“Regrettably the Turnbull Government froze this fund in 2015, and is moving to transfer the money out of it altogether.

“That has meant closing down access to $3.7 billion that could have been used for education infrastructure in the interests of education in this country.

"Now, universities are feeling the consequences of the Turnbull Government’s cuts, last year, to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

"They are also preparing for much greater cuts to funding to come under the Turnbull Government’s current plan.

"The Turnbull Government is seeking to impose almost $4 billion cuts in funding to universities, increase student fees, and reduce the repayment threshold for HELP, among other measures.

"The government is also seeking to make 7.5% of universities' base funding contingent on yet to be specified performance measures.

“Universities across the length and breadth of this country are raising serious concerns with me about the ramifications of these cuts. 

“University of Sydney is rightly seeking to advocate against these cuts to higher education,” Terri Butler said. 


GI Institute's Gutsy Challenge

Jennifer is taking part in the Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Institute’s Gutsy Challenge to raise money for cancer research. If you can, you can donate here.

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Eight Months After the Fanfare, Where's the Money, Minister Porter?

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

EIGHT MONTHS AFTER THE FANFARE, WHERES THE MONEY, MINISTER PORTER?

 

Minister Porter has confirmed that after almost eight months, none of the $20 million the Turnbull government allocated for family violence prevention and early intervention programs has been spent.

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Turnbull's Uni Funding Cuts Will Hit Jobs and Growth

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

TURNBULL’S UNI FUNDING CUTS WILL HIT JOBS AND GROWTH

 

The Prime Minister’s $3.8 billion dollars in cuts to universities over four years will have serious impacts on one of South Australia’s biggest employers, public universities.

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Keenan Admits: No Funding for Cross-Examination Reform

MARK DREYFUS QC MP

SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

MEMBER FOR ISAACS

 

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

KEENAN ADMITS: NO FUNDING FOR CROSS-EXAMINATION REFORM

Last night during Consideration in Detail in the Federation Chamber, Shadow Justice Minister Michael Keenan was asked a simple question: where is the funding for the government’s plans to prevent family violence victims from being cross-examined by their abusers in court?

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Universities are lining up to oppose the Turnbull government's cuts and fee hikes

The Turnbull government’s university funding cuts, fee hikes and demands that poorer people pay to help fund the higher education system have been under fire this week.

This week Vice-Chancellors including Prof Andrew Vann from CSU, Prof Greg Craven from the ACU, and Prof Michael Spence from the University of Sydney have been critical of the Turnbull government’s cuts to higher education funding.

Prof Vann said the cuts and fee hikes don’t pass the pub testand would affect regional students. 

Prof Spence described the reduction in the income threshold, at which students commence making payments, as a tax. 

And Prof Craven described the changes as a wrecking ball that would demolish one of the best university systems in the world.

These strong criticisms come as the Turnbull government wants to make students pay more, for less. 

Students will cop fee hikes, meaning they’ll have bigger debts. 

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Internet speeds are languishing under the Turnbull government

The latest Akamai State of the Internet Reportis a damning indictment on the Turnbull’s mismanagement of the NBN – with Australia’s 2.1 million small businesses enduring amongst the poorest average internet speeds in the developed world.

At the 2013 election Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised that he could deliver his inferior version of the NBN faster and cheaper with three key commitments:

  • Minimum download speeds of 25 megabits per second to all Australians by the end of 2016.
  • A public expenditure limit of $29.5 billion.
  • A commitment that areas most under-served by existing telecommunications infrastructure would be prioritised in the rollout. (Source: Liberal policy document - Fast Broadband & an Affordable NB

The unfortunate reality is that under Malcolm Turnbull’s stewardship the NBN has failed to meet any of the benchmarks he set for it.

The Turnbull Government has only delivered average connection speeds of just 11.1Mbps to-date.

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The Turnbull government's $2.2 billion Medicare cut

Malcolm Turnbull’s attacks on Medicare continue, with new data confirming his Budget locks in a $2.2 billion cut to GPs, specialists and allied health services.
Data from the independent Parliamentary Budget Office shows the damage done to Medicare from the Liberals’ Medicare freeze is $3.2 billion over the next four years.
The damage is $735 million for the first year alone – that’s $735 million ripped out of the pockets of Australians when they are accessing the health care they need.
In comparison the Government has put in a paltry $9 million towards lifting the freeze next financial year – 1.2% of the funding they have ripped out.
This shows a $2.2 billion shortfall over the next four years, compared to the Government’s pathetic Budget attempt to reverse the cuts.

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