Federal Labor is committed to the sustainable management of Australia’s marine resources and we are a strong defender and manager of our oceans and those who use them. Labor put the world’s largest network of marine reserves in place.
The Government’s recently released plans to wind back protections in our oceans are even worse than we feared.
Labor put the world’s largest network of marine parks in place in 2013, protecting over 2.3 million square kilometres of our oceans. It was based on the latest science and extensive community consultation.
When Tony Abbott got in to power he put these plans on hold. Now Malcolm Turnbull’s Government is directly attacking them.Read more
The Government’s own secret hit list has revealed 2,130 families in Moreton will be worse off under the Turnbull Government’s new child care package come July 2nd this year.
These families are part of the 279,000 families around Australia who will be worse off under the Liberals new package.
This is extremely worrying news as most of the families who stand to be worse off are in the lowest income cohort – that is they have a family income of less than $65,710.Read more
Labor values the important role that after hours home visits play in our health care system. Home visits improve access to primary care outside 9-to-5, and can help to prevent unnecessary and expensive hospital visits.
As you may be aware, the Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce is reviewing after hours home visits in response to concerns about the quality and cost of some home visit services.Read more
Labor understands that many Australians use natural therapies and products. However, in a difficult budget environment we also believe that public subsidies need to be based on the best available evidence.
A review released by the current Government found no evidence that homeopathy and a number of other natural therapies are clinically effective.Read more
Universities in Queensland will have their funding cut, in total, by more than $400 million. Griffith University in my electorate will have its funding cut by more than $85 million; the University of Queensland, just across the river, will have its funding cut by more than $96 million; and the Queensland University of Technology will have its funding cut by more than $89 million.Read more
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