Turnbull Government Cross-Examination Reform Is Unfunded and Inadequate

SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER

ACTING SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

 

TERRI BUTLER MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR PREVENTING FAMILY VIOLENCE

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR UNIVERSITIES

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR EQUALITY

MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH

 

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT CROSS-EXAMINATION REFORM IS UNFUNDED AND INADEQUATE

 

The Turnbull's government's exposure draft amendments for family law cross-examination reform are inadequate and appear to remain unfunded.

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Postal Plebiscite: The Idea That Won't Die

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

 

POSTAL PLEBISCITE: THE IDEA THAT WON’T DIE

Even after the Parliament and Australian people comprehensively said “no” to a plebiscite on marriage equality, the government is keeping the zombie idea of a postal plebiscite alive.

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Tasmanians To Lose From Turnbull Government's Uni Cuts

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

 

TASMANIANS TO LOSE FROM TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S UNI CUTS

 

Tasmanians stand to lose from the Turnbull government's cuts to university funding and student fee hikes, Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities Terri Butler said.

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Turnbull Government Absent from Domestic Violence Leave Debate

BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON 

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

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ABSENT FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEAVE DEBATE

 The Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision, which acknowledges that domestic violence leave should be considered a workplace right, exposes the Turnbull Government's failure to provide a workplace response to the issue.

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Higher Education And Lower Income Earners Should Not Be Mutually Exclusive

My piece on Huffington Post today:

 

What we want and need from higher education is changing. Cuts, fee hikes and payment threshold reductions put quality and participation at risk.

There are deliberate and direct offerings that complement or replace university learning, depending on your perspective. 58 million people worldwide have signed up to free online courses offered by universities or entities that seek to disrupt them.

More than five years since Stanford started offering some of its courses online for free, providers have become increasingly sophisticated and now offer certification.

Australian universities are also looking at alternatives to the full completion of a degree. It's not just about their lobbying to be able to offer sub-bachelor degrees within the HECS-HELP system. Some are considering offering, and some have started to offer, students the option of taking three or so undergraduate subjects to receive certificates, rather than graduate with a full qualification.

It is unsurprising that there is demand for more flexible ways of obtaining university-level skills and content knowledge.

As our working lives grow longer and more diverse, not to mention more precarious, there is an imperative to balance our ongoing learning with the demands of paid employment and unpaid obligations.

We need to be able to study, and we need to be able to do so around putting the kids to bed and spending often unpredictable amounts of time at work.

Hiking up fees will make it harder for people to afford higher education, with knock-on effects on how they live while they carry the debt, lasting many, many years.

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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. 


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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