SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES BRIAN MITCHELL MP MEMBER FOR LYONS BEN MCGREGOR LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CLARK LIBERALS IGNORE TASMANIAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS
With Hobart now Australia’s least affordable metropolitan area in proportion to income, increasing numbers of Tasmanians are unable to access affordable housing.
Revelations today that millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on “filthy and unsafe” motels to house women and children fleeing family violence is further proof of the Government’s abject failure on housing.
Scott Morrison deserves no congratulations for reversing the Liberals’ own cuts to the housing and support services that women and children fleeing family violence rely on.
The new Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s (AHURI) report into social housing in Australia affirms Labor’s long-standing position that additional investment is critical to expanding social and affordable housing stock.
Despite rental stress now impacting almost 600,000 low-income Australian households, the Liberals continue to go into bat for their wealthy property investor mates.
If the Government genuinely wanted to take the politics out of the vocational education debate as claimed in today’s Financial Review then it shouldn’t have appointed a former conservative politician to review the failing system.
The number of people undertaking an apprenticeship in Australia continues to freefall under the Coalition.
In the last financial year, there was a further 1 per cent decline in people undertaking an Australian apprenticeship, or 2755 fewer apprentices and trainees.
The Government must explain how it expects interested parties to provide comprehensive submissions over the Christmas break to the first review of vocational education and training (VET) in more than 40 years.
The Government’s announcement last night that it will conduct a review into Australia’s flailing vocational education and training (VET) system is a panicked response to a crisis of the Liberals’ own making.
The Morrison Government must explain why it is hiding from an international assessment of numeracy and literacy skills held by Australian adults.
Labor has received advice that the Government has withdrawn Australia from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills.
Young workers in Northern NSW will have new opportunities to build a career through Labor’s policy to revitalise TAFE and ensure that one in 10 jobs on federally-funded major infrastructure projects is filled by an Australian apprentice.
Today’s launch of the Community Housing Industry Association’s national housing affordability plan highlights how little the Coalition has achieved on affordable housing.
Skills Minister Michaelia Cash needs to reassure the group training industry and its employer partners that her ‘bush wage’ scheme will not cripple the group training sector.
One Nation claiming credit for the Coalition’s so called ‘bush wage’ today just shows how beholden the Morrison Government is to the right wing fringe of Australian politics.
The Coalition’s $60 million ‘bush wage’ announced in The Australian today is an ill-conceived Band-Aid on a vocational education system in crisis from the Liberal’s $3 billion cuts to the sector.
The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) underspend of $2.5 billion is not an achievement, but an admission that there are serious shortcomings in the Government’s roll out of the NDIS.
Labor welcomes the Government’s decision to waive the debts of thousands of students ripped off by dodgy vocational education training providers.
The Victorian Labor Government’s re-introduction of Trade Papers for apprentices who successfully complete their formal training is a positive step toward rebuilding our trade training system.
A new Australian Industry Group report on chronic skills shortages confirms the Liberals are presiding over a skills crisis which is adversely impacting on Australian businesses and the economy.
Michaelia Cash must turn her attention to Australia’s vocational education and training crisis when she returns from the ASEAN economic forum in Hanoi.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of trade unionist, visionary social reformer and giant of the Australian labour movement, Laurie Carmichael.
The Turnbull Government has conceded that their expansion of Robodebt to the most vulnerable Australians was ill-considered and seriously risky.
Labor Senator Doug Cameron will tell today’s National Homelessness Conference at the MCG that homelessness and housing affordability has reached crisis point across the nation.
News today that the Commonwealth Ombudsman has received 5,193 complaints about dodgy private training providers in just nine months should be a wake-up call for the Turnbull Government.
Three new reports released this week have highlighted the Turnbull Government’s abject failures on housing affordability, home ownership and homelessness.
Today’s release of Mission Australia’s 2017 Youth Survey results is a reminder of the Turnbull Government’s failure to address housing affordability and homelessness for young people.
A Senate inquiry into some of Tasmania’s lowest paid workers being systemically ripped off will convene in Devonport today.
The Senate inquiry into the exploitation of contract cleaners working for large Australian retail chains will convene in Caboolture today.
Labor will invest $1.5 million to build a brand new hospital training ward at Caboolture TAFE to skill up the nurses and health workers of tomorrow.
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s latest findings on the interaction between tax policy and the housing market has provided yet more evidence that well designed tax reforms can make a significant contribution to improving housing affordability.
Today marks two years since the last federal election, and two more years of Malcolm Turnbull’s devastating cuts to schools, TAFE, and unis.
Simon Birmingham has announced that the South Australian government has signed onto the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) and describes it as ‘a landmark day’.
Budget Estimates have revealed a litany of Liberal failures in vocational education and training, reaffirming their neglect of TAFE and the entire skills and training system.
Simon Birmingham has to come clean and accept responsibility for the failure of the Australian Apprenticeships Management System (AAMS).
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) are right to be ramping up the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull on skills funding ahead of the 2019 Budget.
SloMo has once again failed to deliver meaningful change for millions of Australians locked out of the property market.
Apprentice and trainee numbers continue to fall under the Turnbull government, with no national agreement in place to arrest the precipitous decline.
Federal Labor welcomes the announcement today of the Victorian Government’s new Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Plan.
The 2017 MYEFO statement reveals the lack of Turnbull Government commitment and policy development in the housing and homelessness sector.
The 2017 MYEFO statement does nothing to arrest the decline in skills and apprenticeships seen under the Turnbull government and Assistant Minister Karen Andrews.
The Turnbull government, with Assistant Minister Karen Andrews at the helm, continues to provide no leadership in skills and apprenticeships, an area crucial to the nation’s future prosperity.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) figures for 2016-2017 on specialist homelessness services provide further evidence of the failure of the Turnbull government’s housing and homelessness policies.
Labor notes the independent inquiry announced into business practices that threaten the integrity of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report on Specialist Homelessness Services 2016-17 found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘continue to be over-represented in both the national homeless population and as users of specialist homelessness services’.
Latest figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show a further decline in apprentice and trainee numbers, once again highlighting the failure of the Turnbull government to take vocational education seriously.
New Rental Affordability Index figures show that rents for low income households across all metropolitan areas in the nation remain unaffordable. The report, from National Shelter, finds for low income households ‘the situation remains untenable’.
Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards.
Australia is losing its international reputation as a producer of skilled and talented workers due to the neglect and cuts of the Turnbull Coalition Government.
Today’s ANU report on housing has found that simply adding more supply will not address the housing affordability crisis, putting the lie to Malcolm Turnbull’s oft-repeated claim that increasing supply alone will solve the housing crisis.
Labor welcomes new National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) Regulations which provide protections for NRAS investors against a very small number of NRAS approved participants whose suspect business practices are proving costly to investors and threaten the integrity of NRAS.
Labor welcomes today’s policy contribution to the debate around skills and training by the Business Council of Australia.
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.
The Turnbull government is stuck in limbo on the crucial issue of funding for skills and apprenticeships
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.
The Turnbull government needs to come clean about funding for the Skilling Australians Fund.
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.
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.
Once again the government is bungling its technology supplier contracts and making life harder for people that rely on government services.
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.
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.
The government’s big ticket Budget promises are unravelling rapidly.
The government has confirmed in Senate Estimates they are spending $6 million on three Alternative Apprenticeship Model trials that will not deliver a single qualified tradesperson.
A Budget estimates hearing today has exposed the confusion that characterises the Turnbull government’s approach to housing affordability.
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.
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:
Instead of investing in local jobs and skills, Malcolm Turnbull’s unfair Budget has cut funding to TAFE, vocational education and apprenticeships yet again.
The Government’s so called housing package is a complete joke.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a comprehensive set of housing policy initiatives is welcomed by Federal Labor.
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.
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.
The 433 people counted sleeping rough in the City of Sydney this week are just the tip of the iceberg.
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 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.
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.
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.
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Leader of the Opposition announcing Federal Labor’s plan to improve housing affordability for aspirational Australians.
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.
Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
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.
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.
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.