Prime Minister Turnbull and his coalition colleagues have long supported, and now will enforce, a cut in penalty rates for Australia’s lowest paid workers. Sadly Prime Minister Turnbull will do this without any economic modelling or any idea how many jobs may be created as a result.Read more
Labor has announced its next tranche of housing affordability reforms that will improve housing affordability, create jobs, increase financial stability and reduce homelessness.
Building on Labor’s existing policies, the new proposals will see the construction of over 55,000 new homes in Australia over three years and boost employment by 25,000 new jobs per year.
At the eleventh hour the Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, reversed his planned cuts to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS).
This is a very welcome backflip by the Government. It only only came after years of lobbying by the CLCs themselves, peak legal bodies such as the Queensland Law Society, the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia, alongside Labor with Shadow Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC MP, leading the charge.Read more
The Aurizon Community Giving Fund is now open for applications and closes 28 April 2017 at 5pm AEST.
The fund offers cash grants up to $20,000 in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, Community Safety, Environment and Education.
Visit their web page www.aurizon.com.au to find out more about eligibility and how to apply.Read more
THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
MEMBER FOR ISAACS
GRAHAM PERRETT MP
MEMBER FOR MORETON
Not only has the Abbott-Turnbull Government failed to implement any of its own measures to ease the burden of Queenslanders who are faced with the clean-up after Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding, but it has dumped sensible measures put in place by Labor after the 2011 floods.Read more