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
The federal government provides funding for universal access to kindy. This funding helps ensure that children have access to at least 15 hours of kindy per week for 40 weeks a year.
Labor introduced this funding when we were in government. We committed $955 million over five years.
Unfortunately, since the Coalition came to power, they have only extended the funding for one or two years at a time.
Surprisingly, federal funding for kindy is due to run out at the end of 2017.Read more