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CHOICE IS NOT ENOUGH WHEN MORE SOCIAL HOUSING IS NEEDED

CHOICE IS NOT ENOUGH WHEN MORE SOCIAL HOUSING IS NEEDED
6 Jun 2017

Labor acknowledges the Productivity Commission’s finding that Australia’s social housing system is broken.

'HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY’ LOOKS LIKE A $1 BILLION SLUSH FUND

'HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY’ LOOKS LIKE A $1 BILLION SLUSH FUND
30 May 2017

The Turnbull Government’s National Housing Infrastructure Facility (NHIF), has all the hallmarks of a Coalition slush fund.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S LACKLUSTRE POLICIES WILL DO NOTHING TO ALLEVIATE THE HOUSING CRISIS

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S LACKLUSTRE POLICIES WILL DO NOTHING TO ALLEVIATE THE HOUSING CRISIS
25 May 2017

In trying to defend the Turnbull Government’s inadequate housing plan, the Assistant Treasurer is back to running the same excuses he did before the Budget. Mr Sukkar wrote today, “state, territory and local governments pull most of the levers that affect housing affordability” and that “there is simply not enough supply to keep up with demand”.

APPRENTICES RIPPED OFF UNDER MINISTER CASH’S WATCH

APPRENTICES RIPPED OFF UNDER MINISTER CASH’S WATCH
19 May 2017

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash must act on the repeated warnings that apprentices are being ripped off. Minister Cash must fix the problem of apprentice exploitation and abandon plans for the Prepare Trial Hire (PaTH) program.

ANGLICARE RENTAL AFFORDABILITY REPORT SHOWS IMPACT OF TURNBULL INACTION

ANGLICARE RENTAL AFFORDABILITY REPORT SHOWS IMPACT OF TURNBULL    INACTION
27 Apr 2017

Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today makes for sobering reading.

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.

SLOMO CONFIRMS COALITION GIVING UP ON A GENERATION OF YOUNG FIRST HOME BUYERS

SLOMO CONFIRMS COALITION GIVING UP ON A GENERATION OF YOUNG FIRST HOME BUYERS
10 Apr 2017

The great Australian dream is turning into the great Australian nightmare on Malcolm Turnbull's watch.

HELPING PEOPLE AVOID HOMELESSNESS BENEFITS ALL – TURNBULL’S CUTS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

 HELPING PEOPLE AVOID HOMELESSNESS BENEFITS ALL – TURNBULL’S CUTS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE
16 Mar 2017

A report launched today by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute has found that for every dollar spent on helping people avoid homelessness, $2.70 in benefits will flow to the community over 20 years.

THE GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - TOO MANY COOKS AND NO BROTH

THE GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - TOO MANY COOKS AND NO BROTH
16 Mar 2017


Eighteen months ago, Malcolm Turnbull took the Liberal leadership promising a more mature discussion on economic issues. We’re still waiting. After all this time, it is still not even clear who is responsible for housing affordability.

SLOMO STILL GOING SLOW ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

SLOMO STILL GOING SLOW ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
10 Mar 2017

Suggestions that the Turnbull Government is making progress tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis are grossly exaggerated.

COMMONWEALTH CAN, AND MUST, DO MORE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

COMMONWEALTH CAN, AND MUST, DO MORE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
24 Feb 2017

It is now widely accepted that Australia is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis. Home ownership is falling at the same time as rental stress and homelessness is rising.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT $1 BILLION SOCIAL HOUSING FUND IS A WELCOME CONTRIBUTION

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT $1 BILLION SOCIAL HOUSING FUND IS A WELCOME CONTRIBUTION
24 Feb 2017

The Victorian Government’s announcement of a $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund is a most welcome contribution to the urgent need for more social housing and assistance to low income households.

NEW REALITY MEANS RENTERS NEED MORE SECURE HOUSING

NEW REALITY MEANS RENTERS NEED MORE SECURE HOUSING
16 Feb 2017

A report released today by Choice, the National Association of Tenant Organisations and National Shelter shows that Australia is performing poorly when it comes to renters rights

BRANDIS JOINS SCOMO AND O’DWYER ON LABOR’S ‘HIGHER HOUSE PRICES’ FARCE

BRANDIS JOINS SCOMO AND O’DWYER ON LABOR’S ‘HIGHER HOUSE PRICES’ FARCE
10 Feb 2017

Today, in an embarrassing display, the Leader of the Government in Senate, Senator George Brandis joined Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer in the claim that Labor’s housing affordability policy increases house prices.

TURNBULL ABCC CHANGES TO CUT APPRENTICE NUMBERS

TURNBULL ABCC CHANGES TO CUT APPRENTICE NUMBERS
9 Feb 2017

The Turnbull Government’s reprehensible deal with the cross-bench to amend the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which was established less than 3 months ago, will not only create chaos in the building industry but will result in significant reductions to apprentice numbers.

RENT RISES SHOW FAILURE OF TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING

RENT RISES SHOW FAILURE OF TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING
1 Feb 2017

Data released by the NSW Tenants Union showing that rents in Sydney are racing out of reach of people on low incomes highlights the total failure of the Turnbull Government on housing affordability.

LABOR TO BOOST APPRENTICE NUMBERS

LABOR TO BOOST APPRENTICE NUMBERS
31 Jan 2017

Labor will boost apprentice numbers across the country by ensuring Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs.

AUDITOR GENERAL'S INVESTIGATION INTO GRANT TO BOB DAY TRAINING COLLEGE WELCOME

AUDITOR GENERAL'S INVESTIGATION INTO GRANT TO BOB DAY TRAINING COLLEGE WELCOME
10 Jan 2017

The Auditor-General's announcement of an investigation into the grant of $2 million to former Senator Bob Day's North East Vocational College and its ‘student builder’ program is a welcome step in getting to the bottom of why and how the decision was made.

SIX YEARS OF LABOR’S PAID PARENTAL LEAVE SCHEME

SIX YEARS OF LABOR’S PAID PARENTAL LEAVE SCHEME
3 Jan 2017

Today marks six years since the introduction of Labor’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.

LABOR PROTECTS AUSTRALIANS FROM NEW YEAR’S DAY CUTS

LABOR PROTECTS AUSTRALIANS FROM NEW YEAR’S DAY CUTS
3 Jan 2017

Labor has protected families, pensioners and young people from a series of New Year’s Day cuts that the Turnbull Government wanted to start from today.

D-DAY FOR PENSIONERS: TURNBULL’S PENSION CUTS LEAVE 330,000 PENSIONERS WORSE OFF

D-DAY FOR PENSIONERS: TURNBULL’S PENSION CUTS LEAVE 330,000 PENSIONERS WORSE OFF
3 Jan 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s changes to the pension assets test start from today – a change that will leave around 330,000 Australian pensioners worse off.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MEDICARE CHANGES DELIVER MORE CHRISTMAS PAIN FOR AUSTRALIANS

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MEDICARE CHANGES DELIVER MORE CHRISTMAS PAIN FOR AUSTRALIANS
3 Jan 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on Medicare will see Australians reaching the New Year with delays in rebates for their medical expenses, as the Govenrment’s own Medicare help line hangs up on people chasing up their claims.

TUDGE INCOMPETENCE CAUSING CENTRELINK DEBT RECOVERY CHAOS

TUDGE INCOMPETENCE CAUSING CENTRELINK DEBT RECOVERY CHAOS
23 Dec 2016

More Australians are coming forward with accounts of being sent incorrect Centrelink debt notices as confidence in the Turnbull Government's latest so called 'welfare crackdown' continues to erode.

LIBERAL NEGATIVE GEARING SPLIT WIDENS

LIBERAL NEGATIVE GEARING SPLIT WIDENS
22 Dec 2016

The Turnbull Government is finishing the year as it started, hopelessly divided on key policies like negative gearing

LABOR CONCERNED ABOUT ACCURACY OF CENTRELINK DEBT RECOVERY

LABOR CONCERNED ABOUT ACCURACY OF CENTRELINK DEBT RECOVERY
21 Dec 2016

Federal Labor is concerned about the accuracy of Centrelink’s debt recovery program which appears to be hitting decent, law-abiding Australians right on the eve of Christmas.

TURNBULL GOVT GRASPING AT STRAWS ON APPRENTICE NUMBERS

TURNBULL GOVT GRASPING AT STRAWS ON APPRENTICE NUMBERS
20 Dec 2016

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is trying to pass off terrible apprentice numbers as a win, while still boasting about the government’s $2 million gift to former Senator Bob Day’s pet ‘student builder’ project.

LIBERALS ANNOUNCE EIGHTH SO CALLED ‘WELFARE CRACKDOWN’

LIBERALS ANNOUNCE EIGHTH SO CALLED ‘WELFARE CRACKDOWN’
19 Dec 2016

The Turnbull Government today also announced their eighth ‘compliance savings’ measure since the 2014 Budget.

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

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

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

NEW DATA ROUNDS OUT DISMAL YEAR FOR TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

NEW DATA ROUNDS OUT DISMAL YEAR FOR TURNBULL GOVERNMENT ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
15 Dec 2016

Data on demand for specialist homelessness services released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for 2015-2016 provide further evidence of the failure of the Turnbull government’s policies on funding for homelessness services.

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S NARROW FOCUS WON’T SOLVE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S NARROW FOCUS WON’T SOLVE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
5 Dec 2016

Labor notes the contribution of the Productivity Commission to the debate on social housing provision in its report, Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform, Study Report.

INNOVATIVE FINANCING MODELS CAN HELP EASE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

INNOVATIVE FINANCING MODELS CAN HELP EASE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
5 Dec 2016

Labor welcomes the report of the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR) Affordable Housing Working Group which has examined financing models to increase the supply of affordable rental housing.

NSW LIBERAL PLANNING MINISTER STOKES TELLS THE TRUTH ON NEGATIVE GEARING REFORM

NSW LIBERAL PLANNING MINISTER STOKES TELLS THE TRUTH ON NEGATIVE GEARING REFORM
28 Nov 2016

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes is correct. Malcom Turnbull and Scott Morrison are 'dashing the dreams' of people trying to buy their first homes.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
18 Nov 2016

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, held in Darwin last night.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING FOR LOCALS IN SUBS BUILD

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST ENSURE APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINING FOR LOCALS IN SUBS BUILD
17 Nov 2016

The Turnbull Government must ensure that the $50 billion submarine contract comes with a skills and apprenticeships plan that benefits local workers and new apprentices.

LIBERAL PARTY SILENT AS IMF SOUNDS ALARM ON HOUSEHOLD BORROWING

LIBERAL PARTY SILENT AS IMF SOUNDS ALARM ON HOUSEHOLD BORROWING
16 Nov 2016

The IMF in its annual review of the Australian economy [IMF Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article Mission] has raised concerns about the risks from the housing market for macroeconomic stability and the need for urgent policy reform.

FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT’S $109M HOMELESSNESS INVESTMENT – NOW TIME FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT’S $109M HOMELESSNESS INVESTMENT – NOW TIME FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
15 Nov 2016

Federal Labor welcomes the announcement made by Premier Daniel Andrews that the Victorian Government will invest $109 million into homelessness support services and affordable housing.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SAYS REAL APPRENTICESHIPS ARE THE BEST BUT FUNDING FLOWS TO THE FAKES

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT SAYS REAL APPRENTICESHIPS ARE THE BEST BUT FUNDING FLOWS TO THE FAKES
15 Nov 2016

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training Karen Andrews likes to promote apprenticeships as an alternative to degrees. She has even made a video with TV host Scott Cam, to encourage young people to take up apprenticeships. Scott Cam’s assessment of the value of apprenticeships is spot on.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DOWNGRADES TRADES

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT DOWNGRADES TRADES
14 Nov 2016

The Turnbull Government is determined to undermine the Australian apprentice system by promoting classroom-based trades training at the expense of real apprenticeships.

MINISTER RYAN’S QT FAILURE SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTEREST OR ANSWERS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS

MINISTER RYAN’S QT FAILURE SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTEREST OR ANSWERS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS
8 Nov 2016

In a spectacular Question Time failure, Special Minister of State Senator Scott Ryan stumbled and bumbled his way through questions on what the Turnbull Government is doing about housing affordability and homelessness.

LABOR WELCOMES AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORT ON NATIONAL RENTAL AFFORDABILITY SCHEME

LABOR WELCOMES AUDITOR-GENERAL’S REPORT ON NATIONAL RENTAL AFFORDABILITY SCHEME
8 Nov 2016

Labor welcomes the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performance audit report into the administration of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

HOUSING MINISTERS FACE TEST OF WILL

HOUSING MINISTERS FACE TEST OF WILL
3 Nov 2016

The success of the annual meeting of Federal and State Housing and Homelessness Ministers in Sydney tomorrow is a test of the will of Federal and State governments to tackle the housing affordability crisis and the alarming increase in the number of homeless people.

TURNBULL MUST END UNCERTAINTY ON HOMELESSNESS FUNDING

TURNBULL MUST END UNCERTAINTY ON HOMELESSNESS FUNDING
3 Nov 2016

Speaking at the Hutt St Centre in central Adelaide, Senator Doug Cameron and SA Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison called on the Turnbull Government to end the uncertainty surrounding homelessness funding.

SENATOR BOB DAY – TURNBULL’S $2 MILLION MAN

SENATOR BOB DAY – TURNBULL’S $2 MILLION MAN
1 Nov 2016

Documents released under Freedom of Information show that Senator Bob Day personally lobbied the Turnbull Government for a $2 million grant on behalf of a training company of which he is a director.

CUTS TO HOMELESSNESS FUNDING MAKE TACKLING FAMILY VIOLENCE HARDER

CUTS TO HOMELESSNESS FUNDING MAKE TACKLING FAMILY VIOLENCE HARDER
28 Oct 2016

Without action on homelessness, the Turnbull Government’s family violence package is woefully inadequate.

ASSISTANT MINISTER IN DENIAL AS $9.2M APPRENTICESHIP TRIALS GRANT PROCESS RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS

ASSISTANT MINISTER IN DENIAL AS $9.2M APPRENTICESHIP TRIALS GRANT PROCESS RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS
27 Oct 2016

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews claims that under the Turnbull Government the future of apprenticeships ‘remains bright’ and that a $9.2m trial of new apprenticeship models will lead to ‘more jobs’.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT KEY TO IMPROVING HOUSING SUPPLY AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION

PUBLIC TRANSPORT KEY TO IMPROVING HOUSING SUPPLY AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION
26 Oct 2016

The Turnbull Government's recognition of the desirability of boosting housing development around transport hubs is meaningless in the absence of increased investment in public transport.

SCOTT MORRISON AND JOHN ALEXANDER SPLIT ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

SCOTT MORRISON AND JOHN ALEXANDER SPLIT ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
26 Oct 2016

Liberal MP John Alexander has destroyed Scott Morrison's out-of-touch claim that the Turnbull Government's tax breaks for property investors are having no effect on housing affordability.

SLOMO LATE TO THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY DEBATE

SLOMO LATE TO THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY DEBATE
24 Oct 2016

The Turnbull Government has shown yet again just how out of touch they really are, having woken up this morning and suddenly realised that housing affordability is an issue for millions of Australians.

HOMELESSNESS IGNORED IN MORRISON’S UNDERWHELMING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY SPEECH

HOMELESSNESS IGNORED IN MORRISON’S UNDERWHELMING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY SPEECH
24 Oct 2016

Scott Morrison’s ‘landmark speech’ on housing affordability was an underwhelming contribution to the public debate. No mention was made of homelessness, and the scantest of afterthoughts was given to community and social housing.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE FUNDING FOR NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ON HOMELESSNESS

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MUST PROVIDE FUNDING FOR NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ON HOMELESSNESS
21 Oct 2016

A Senate Estimates hearing this evening confirmed that the Turnbull Government is still dragging its feet on providing certainty for funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). NPAH provides up to 30% of the budget of homelessness service providers across the nation.

DECLINE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MELBOURNE MADE WORSE BY TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT

DECLINE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MELBOURNE MADE WORSE BY TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT
20 Oct 2016

An alarming decline in affordable housing in Melbourne is causing homelessness and housing stress while the Turnbull Government refuses to address the problem either through tax reform or providing funding certainty to homelessness services.

REPORT INTO WORK FOR THE DOLE TRAGEDY SHOULD BE RELEASED

REPORT INTO WORK FOR THE DOLE TRAGEDY SHOULD BE RELEASED
19 Oct 2016

The Turnbull Government should release its internal report into the death of a Work for the Dole participant in April this year.

LABOR WELCOMES CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE

LABOR WELCOMES CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE
18 Oct 2016

Labor welcomes the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) report released today proposing a new model for funding social housing. IPA’s engagement on this critical issue is timely given the growing housing affordability crisis.

POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS FIGURES HIGHLIGHT TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT

POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS FIGURES HIGHLIGHT TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEGLECT
17 Oct 2016

The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW which found that 730,000 children and nearly 3 million Australians live in poverty, highlights the neglect and failure of the Turnbull Government.

ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
13 Oct 2016

On 5 October 2016 Labor convened a roundtable which included represented stakeholders from from the housing and homeless sector, unions and other interested parties. The issue of housing and homelessness is a huge economic and social issue. We have 105,000 Australians, and that’s a conservative estimate, either homeless or living in stressed housing conditions. Senator Cameron held a press conference prior to the Roundtable.

ROOMING HOUSE SURVEY POINTS TO NEED FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON HOUSING STRESS

   ROOMING HOUSE SURVEY POINTS TO NEED FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON HOUSING STRESS
13 Oct 2016

A survey by Tenants Union of Victoria and the Council to Homeless Persons released today highlights the housing stress that the Turnbull Government’s neglect is causing.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH HOMELESSNESS FIGURES SHAME TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN YOUTH HOMELESSNESS FIGURES SHAME TURNBULL GOVERNMENT
13 Oct 2016

South Australian youth homelessness data reveals that more than 3,200 children under the age of nine sought emergency help for homelessness last year, while around 5,500 children under the age of 18 were provided shelter by a homeless agency in the same period.

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS HURTING WESTERN SYDNEY

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS HURTING WESTERN SYDNEY
12 Oct 2016

Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, met with Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, yesterday to discuss the homelessness crisis in Western Sydney.

RETIRED RENTERS FACING FINANCIAL STRESS – HOUSING TAX REFORM NEEDED

RETIRED RENTERS FACING FINANCIAL STRESS – HOUSING TAX REFORM NEEDED
11 Oct 2016

Data released yesterday by Swinburne University shows that many retired renters are in housing stress and the Turnbull Government’s inaction on overly generous capital gains tax and negative gearing concessions is making matters worse.

FORD CLOSURE DEEPENS APPRENTICESHIP AND SKILLS CRISIS

FORD CLOSURE DEEPENS APPRENTICESHIP AND SKILLS CRISIS
7 Oct 2016

The closure of the Ford production line is a dark day for Australian industry, and particularly for skills and apprenticeships.

SURGE IN HOMELESSNESS AMONG OLDER AUSTRALIANS ON TURNBULL’S WATCH

SURGE IN HOMELESSNESS AMONG OLDER AUSTRALIANS ON TURNBULL’S WATCH
30 Sep 2016

Tomorrow (October 1) is International Day of Older Persons, which in 2016 is our chance to take a stand against systemic ageism.

MALCOLM TURNBULL'S LATEST ATTACK ON MEDICARE

MALCOLM TURNBULL'S LATEST ATTACK ON MEDICARE
26 Sep 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on Medicare will see processing times blow out and people turned away from making Medicare claims at Centrelink offices.

CUTTING HOMELESSNESS FUNDING IS FALSE ECONOMY

CUTTING HOMELESSNESS FUNDING IS FALSE ECONOMY
26 Sep 2016

Recent studies show that the Turnbull government’s lack of commitment to tackling homelessness is going to cost federal and state health budgets tens of millions every year.

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT REVEALS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING PRIVATISATION GOALS

 PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT REVEALS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING PRIVATISATION GOALS
23 Sep 2016

The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s Productivity Commission report into its own Harper Review of Human Services reveals the Government’s intentions in housing – defund and privatise in the name of ‘choice’.

NEW APPRENTICESHIP NUMBERS DROP UNDER TURNBULL GOVERNMENT

NEW APPRENTICESHIP NUMBERS DROP UNDER TURNBULL GOVERNMENT
5 Sep 2016

The latest apprentice and trainee data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) demonstrates that the dysfunction and incompetence of the Turnbull Government extends to the Skills and Apprenticeship area.

HUNT FAILS TO UNDERSTAND KEY ROLE OF SKILLS

HUNT FAILS TO UNDERSTAND KEY ROLE OF SKILLS
16 Aug 2016

The new Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Greg Hunt is reported (Australian, August 15), to be setting out to ‘demystify innovation’ and ‘make it a mainstream concept’.

EDUCATION MINISTER’S DANGEROUS APPRENTICESHIPS TRIAL CANNOT FIX VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROBLEMS

EDUCATION MINISTER’S DANGEROUS APPRENTICESHIPS TRIAL CANNOT FIX VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROBLEMS
15 Aug 2016

In his speech to the ADC Education Summit on Friday the Education Minister made passing comment on apprenticeships and the need for quality in the VET system and the opportunities available for apprentices.

SENATOR DOUG CAMERON JOINS MISSION AUSTRALIA WINTER SLEEPOUT

SENATOR DOUG CAMERON JOINS MISSION AUSTRALIA WINTER SLEEPOUT
12 Aug 2016

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

TRADIES UNDER ATTACK

TRADIES UNDER ATTACK
9 Aug 2016

Labor notes with deep concern the announcement by the latest Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, The Hon Karen Andrews, that $9.2 million of government funding will be spent to experiment with "new systems" of training and apprenticeships.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS SILENCE FOR HOMELESSNESS WEEK

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS SILENCE FOR HOMELESSNESS WEEK
5 Aug 2016

Homelessness Week is drawing to a close. It is a week during which everyone is encouraged to pause and reflect on the fact that on any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.

TREASURER OUT OF TOUCH AND OUT OF IDEAS ON THE FUTURE OF WORK AND SKILLS

TREASURER OUT OF TOUCH AND OUT OF IDEAS ON THE FUTURE OF WORK AND SKILLS
3 Aug 2016

The Turnbull government’s complete ignorance of the problems facing the Australian workforce has been put on public display by the Treasurer today.

HOMELESSNESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

HOMELESSNESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS
31 Jul 2016

This week is Homelessness Week. It is a week during which every one of us should pause and reflect on the fact that on any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.

APPOINTMENT TO SHADOW MINISTRY

APPOINTMENT TO SHADOW MINISTRY
24 Jul 2016

I am honoured to have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and I am grateful to the Leader of the Opposition for the opportunity to serve Labor in portfolios that are central to a fair and decent society.