Local media releases - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Helping Griffith Women get a fairer super deal

Griffith women and lower income workers will benefit from new measures to increase their superannuation balances with a Shorten Labor Government investing $400 million to help close the super gap.
On average, women retire with $113,000 less in their super than men – 40 percent less.
Labor believes that no Australian should be penalised for taking time out of paid work to have children.
That is why we will ensure that Griffith recipients of Commonwealth Paid Parental Leave and Dad and Partner Pay payments continue to receive super contributions.
This will mean that new mums and dads who access government paid parental leave won’t have their super put on hold while they access the scheme.
Labor will also phase out the $450 minimum monthly income threshold for eligibility for the superannuation guarantee – helping people who work part-time, casual and in multiple low‑paid jobs to increase their super balances.
MEMBER for Griffith said that universal, compulsory super is one of Labor’s greatest achievements, and today’s announcements will build on this record.

“This is a complex issue.  While today’s measures won’t end the problem, they will help reduce the inequity in the system,” said Ms Butler.
“This is great news for anyone in Griffith who will access the government paid parental leave scheme, and will help get our super system working more effectively for women.
“This is important - by the time they are 60, 34 per cent of single women in Australia live in poverty.
“Today’s announcement is an investment in helping people have more financial security and a better retirement.”
In contrast, the Liberals have a pathetic record on superannuation and have undermined it at every turn. The Liberals voted against the introduction of universal, compulsory superannuation, and subsequently voted against all of the increases to the superannuation guarantee.
A Shorten Labor Government will not only protect super, but take these important steps to ensure that Australian women benefit from a better and fairer superannuation system.


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.


Butler Congratulates Vision Australia and Graduates of Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Terri Butler congratulates Vision Australia’s graduates of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.

“Vision Australia is rightly proud of their Career Visions Trainees today, who have successfully completed a Certificate 1 in Business through Skilling Queenslanders for Work,” Ms Butler said.

“Skilling Queenslanders for Work assists people who are generally underrepresented in the workforce – like young people, First Nations people, people with disability, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“This program has already been massively successful with over 16 000 people finding jobs as a result of taking part in Skilling Queenslanders for Work in the last three years alone.

“It’s so wonderful to have a success story like Vision Australia on the Southside,” Ms Butler said.

Terri Butler MP will be attending the Vision Australia Skilling Queenslanders for Work Graduation Ceremony at 1:30pm this afternoon, at the Vision Australia office on Old Cleveland Rd.


Turnbull Government Must Not Abandon Kindies

Reports in the Australian Financial Review today that kindy funding is under threat reveal that the the Turnbull government is completely out-of-touch.

Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, federal funding for kindy was due to run out at the end of this year. Now, they've extended the funding, but only to the end of 2019. 

And today the AFR is reporting that the Turnbull government has said spending on the National Partnership agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education will conclude from June 30, 2020. That's a massive cut - more than $440m.

It's not good enough. Families and kids deserve better.

Universal access funding helps make sure that children have access to at least 15 hours of kindy per week for 40 weeks in the year.

Labor introduced this funding when we were in government. We committed $955 million over five years.

Since the Liberals came to power, they have extended the funding only for one or two years at a time. Now it's clear that they've been doing so because they are planning to walk away from their responsibilities in relation to kindy.

In 2008, before Labor introduced universal access funding for preschool and kindergarten, just 12 per cent of Australian children received 15 hours or more of quality education in the year before school.  By 2012 that figure had risen to over 56 per cent.

Today enrolment rates are well over 90 percent.

Kids who get to do at least fifteen hours of kindy, before they start school, do better at school. The Commonwealth should not shirk its responsibilities to make sure Australians get the best possible start to their education.


2018 Morningside Festival

Terri Butler MP is looking forward to attending the 22nd annual Morningside Festival, and presenting the prizes for the colouring in competition, this Sunday.

“Over the last 22 years, the Morningside Festival has become an institution for many Southsiders,” Ms Butler said.

“It’s always a pleasure to spend the afternoon walking around the festival seeing what local businesses have on offer.

“Of course, one of my favourite parts of the Festival is being able to present the prizes for the annual colouring in competition.

“There are always so many wonderful entries, and picking a shortlist is so difficult, let alone an overall winner.

“I know that the Morningside Development Association, Cr Kara Cook, and all of the other organisers have put so much work into the Festival, and I congratulate them for that.

“I hope that all the guests and stall holders have an enjoyable and safe day,” she said.

Terri Butler will be presenting the prizes for the colouring in competition at 12:15 at the Morningside Festival Main Stage on Sunday the 29th of July.

FRIDAY, 26 JULY 2018

Butler to Attend Grandparents' Day at St Joachim's

Terri Butler MP looks forward to attending Grandparents’ Day at St Joachim’s Primary School in Holland Park tomorrow.

“St Joachim’s is such a wonderful local school, and I’m very excited to be joining them for their Grandparents’ Day celebrations,” she said.

“Grandparents play such an important part in the lives of many children, so bringing them into the classrooms and sharing their educational journey is incredibly beneficial.

“Congratulations must go to the Principal, Christine Ioannides, and the P&F Events Committee, for hosting this day every year,” Ms Butler said.

Terri Butler will be attending the St Joachim’s Grandparents’ Day Mass at 9am, tomorrow, Friday 27 July.


Wong and Butler to Discuss Foreign Aid on the Southside

Terri Butler MP is pleased to be hosting a foreign aid forum with Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, tomorrow.

“Mr Turnbull and the Liberals have cut over $11 billion from Australia’s international assistance budget,” Terri Butler said.

“In this year’s Budget alone, there is a further $140 million cut over the next three years.

“The contempt that this government has for foreign aid is shameful.

“A Shorten Labor Government will rebuild Australia’s international development assistance program.

“I am looking forward to hosting Senator Wong and the many Southsiders who are passionate about foreign aid to discuss this important issue,” she said.

The forum will take place at 10am on Wednesday, 25 July at the Holland Park Bowls Club.


Same Job, Same Pay: Time to Tackle Unfair Labour Hire in Griffith

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

Butler Supports Abortion Law Reform Campaign

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

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