News

LABOR WELCOMES BUSINESS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA ENGAGEMENT IN SKILLS AND TRAINING

LABOR WELCOMES BUSINESS COUNCIL AUSTRALIA ENGAGEMENT IN SKILLS AND TRAINING
12 Oct 2017

Labor welcomes today’s policy contribution to the debate around skills and training by the Business Council of Australia.

BOOSTING TRAINING NEEDS INVESTMENT FROM BUSINESS AS WELL AS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

BOOSTING TRAINING NEEDS INVESTMENT FROM BUSINESS AS WELL AS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
11 Oct 2017

New research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) emphasises the need for businesses to invest in training, alongside government support for vocational education and skills.

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SKILLS KAREN ANDREWS M.I.I. - MISSING IN INDIA - FOR SKILLS WEEK

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SKILLS KAREN ANDREWS M.I.I. - MISSING IN INDIA - FOR SKILLS WEEK
1 Sep 2017

Assistant Minister for Skills, Karen Andrews MP, has spent National Skills Week 2017 in India. She has posted on Facebook that she wants to help India become the skills capital of the world.

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ABOUT THE SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND

GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO COME CLEAN ABOUT THE SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND
24 Aug 2017

The Turnbull government needs to come clean about funding for the Skilling Australians Fund.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST GUARANTEE SHAKY SKILLS FUNDING

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST GUARANTEE SHAKY SKILLS FUNDING
10 Aug 2017

Further doubt has been cast on the Turnbull Government’s already shaky funding for the Skilling Australians Fund after new research by the Australian Population Research Institute shows a reduction in the number of skilled migration visas – the sole funding stream for the Skilling Australians Fund.

TIME FOR TUDGE TO COME CLEAN ON ROBO-DEBT AS DHS ADMITS ‘MISTAKES’

TIME FOR TUDGE TO COME CLEAN ON ROBO-DEBT AS DHS ADMITS ‘MISTAKES’
14 Jul 2017

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge needs to stop hiding behind bureaucrats, apologise to people wrongly targeted and give the public assurances that the bungled robo-debt program will be halted until the government can guarantee its flaws are addressed.


TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DIGITAL MISMANAGEMENT CONTINUES IN APPRENTICESHIP SYSTEM
6 Jul 2017

Once again the government is bungling its technology supplier contracts and making life harder for people that rely on government services.

VET REVIEW MUST BOOST QUALITY TRAINING

VET REVIEW MUST BOOST QUALITY TRAINING
13 Jun 2017

The Government’s announcement of a review of VET regulation is long overdue – and Labor is calling on Malcolm Turnbull to ensure it leads to real improvements in the sector.

APPRENTICE NUMBERS DROP YET AGAIN – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO HALT THE DECLINE

APPRENTICE NUMBERS DROP YET AGAIN – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO HALT THE DECLINE
8 Jun 2017

Latest quarterly figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show once again that apprentice numbers have fallen on the Turnbull Government’s watch.

GOVERNMENT ADMITS $6 MILLION SPEND BUT NO NEW APPRENTICES

GOVERNMENT ADMITS $6 MILLION SPEND BUT NO NEW APPRENTICES
1 Jun 2017

The government has confirmed in Senate Estimates[1] they are spending $6 million on three Alternative Apprenticeship Model trials that will not deliver a single qualified tradesperson.

CONFUSION REIGNS - GOVERNMENT IN KNOTS OVER HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

CONFUSION REIGNS - GOVERNMENT IN KNOTS OVER HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
1 Jun 2017

A Budget estimates hearing today has exposed the confusion that characterises the Turnbull government’s approach to housing affordability.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICES

LABOR’S PLAN FOR SKILLS AND APPRENTICES
12 May 2017

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the quality schools, universities, TAFE and apprentice programs people need to prepare them for the jobs of the future.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE HOUSING DICE ARE LOADED

EVERYBODY KNOWS THE HOUSING DICE ARE LOADED
12 May 2017

It was the late, great Leonard Cohen who sang, “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.”

And so it is with the housing affordability package announced in the Budget.
Before the Budget, on April 23, Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar told SkyNews:

CUTS TO TAFE & APPRENTICESHIPS = FAILURE ON JOBS

CUTS TO TAFE & APPRENTICESHIPS = FAILURE ON JOBS
10 May 2017

Instead of investing in local jobs and skills, Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair Budget has cut funding to TAFE, vocational education and apprenticeships yet again.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAKING EXCUSES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAKING EXCUSES ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
3 May 2017

Another day, another excuse from the Turnbull Government on housing affordability. Today’s excuse is that a concessional loan facility for State infrastructure projects will solve the housing affordability crisis.

OLDER WOMEN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS NEED HELP NOT TURNBULL'S CUTS

OLDER WOMEN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS NEED HELP NOT TURNBULL'S CUTS
1 May 2017

Today's report in the Daily Telegraph of increasing numbers of older women facing homelessness demonstrates the effects of the Abbott and Turnbull government cuts to homelessness funding.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SITS IDLY BY WHILE APPRENTICE RIP-OFFS CONTINUE

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SITS IDLY BY WHILE APPRENTICE RIP-OFFS CONTINUE
27 Apr 2017

While Labor welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached between the South Australian Department of State Development and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to ensure apprentices aren’t subjected to wage rip-offs, ad hoc MOUs are no substitute for concerted Federal government action to prevent exploitation of vulnerable, young apprentices.

LABOR’S PLAN FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY & JOBS

LABOR’S PLAN FOR HOUSING AFFORDABILITY & JOBS
21 Apr 2017

Today Labor is announcing our next tranche of housing affordability reforms that will improve housing affordability, create jobs, increase financial stability and reduce homelessness.

LABOR'S ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - BROAD AGREEMENT ON NEED FOR REFORM

LABOR'S ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - BROAD AGREEMENT ON NEED FOR REFORM
12 Apr 2017

Labor's roundtable meeting on housing and homelessness held in Sydney has emphasised the need for reform on a range of fronts to address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MALCOLM

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MALCOLM
24 Mar 2017

Malcolm Turnbull has dealt another cruel blow to young Australian first home buyers who might have been hoping that the Federal Government would take some action to help them get into the housing market.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DIVIDED AND CONFUSED ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DIVIDED AND CONFUSED ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
22 Mar 2017

The Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Michael Sukkar has again ruled out negative gearing reform at a breakfast hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects this morning.

VICTORIAN HOUSING INTITIATIVES EXPOSE TURNBULL’S HOUSING POLICY VACCUUM

VICTORIAN HOUSING INTITIATIVES EXPOSE TURNBULL’S HOUSING POLICY VACCUUM
6 Mar 2017

Today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a comprehensive set of housing policy initiatives is welcomed by Federal Labor.

FUTURE OF NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT STILL IN DOUBT

FUTURE OF NATIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT STILL IN DOUBT
2 Mar 2017

Treasury officials appearing at Senate Estimates have been unable to allay fears that $1.3 billion a year in funding under the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) is under threat in the May budget.

PENALTY RATE CUT WILL MAKE HOUSING STRESS WORSE

PENALTY RATE CUT WILL MAKE HOUSING STRESS WORSE
24 Feb 2017

By cutting penalty rates of the working poor the Fair Work Commission (FWC), supported by the Prime Minister and over 60 Coalition MPs, has made rental stress worse.

SYDNEY CITY HOMELESSNESS FIGURES JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

SYDNEY CITY HOMELESSNESS FIGURES JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG
24 Feb 2017

The 433 people counted sleeping rough in the City of Sydney this week are just the tip of the iceberg.

DIPPING INTO SUPERANNUATION FOR HOUSING DEPOSIT A ‘THOROUGHLY BAD IDEA’

DIPPING INTO SUPERANNUATION FOR HOUSING DEPOSIT A ‘THOROUGHLY BAD  IDEA’
22 Feb 2017

A proposal, reportedly being considered for Treasurer Scott Morrison’s housing package that would allow first home buyers to dip into their super to put together a deposit is a ‘thoroughly bad idea’.

LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES

LABOR APPALLED AT LIBERALS’ CUTS TO WOMEN’S REFUGES
20 Feb 2017

Labor is appalled by reports that the Liberals are planning to axe the National Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes $110 million in federal funding for women's refuges.

HOUSING AGREEMENT RETREAT SHOWS MORRISON IS A DILETTANTE

HOUSING AGREEMENT RETREAT SHOWS MORRISON IS A DILETTANTE
20 Feb 2017

After saying ten days ago that the Turnbull Government would dump the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA), putting its $250 million homelessness funding component under threat, Treasurer Scott Morrison has had to beat a hasty retreat.

RBA ECONOMIST RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT SECURITY OF TENURE FOR RENTERS

RBA ECONOMIST RIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT SECURITY OF TENURE FOR RENTERS
17 Feb 2017

Comments from Reserve Bank of Australia head of economics Dr Luci Ellis that suggest renters need more security of tenure are a welcome addition to the housing debate.

LABOR LEADING ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

LABOR LEADING ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
13 Feb 2017

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Leader of the Opposition announcing Federal Labor’s plan to improve housing affordability for aspirational Australians.

TURNBULL MUST ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOMELESS SERVICES

TURNBULL MUST ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR HOMELESS SERVICES
9 Dec 2016

The Turnbull Government, after a long period of indecision, must restore cuts and extend funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) at tomorrow’s COAG meeting. NPAH is due to expire in June 2017.

HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE

HOMELESS FUNDING FAILURE - ONE YEAR AND $117M WOEFULLY INADEQUATE
9 Dec 2016

Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).

HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS

HOMELESSNESS STUDY SAYS FUNDING CERTAINTY NEEDED – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT STILL DRAGGING ITS HEELS
24 Nov 2016

An Australian Housing and Urban Research Unit (AHURI) research paper has found that homelessness services cannot meet current demand, and that future funding certainty is crucial if they are to continue providing services.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN
4 Nov 2016

Today’s annual meeting of Federal and State Housing Ministers in Sydney adds to the record of failure of the Turnbull government in tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis and a growing homelessness epidemic.

Mission Australia Winter Sleepout

Mission Australia Winter Sleepout
13 Sep 2016

On any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.

Of those 105,000 people without a home, over 6,000 are sleeping rough anywhere they can find shelter and safety.