A new survey has revealed more than a third of businesses are struggling to fill skills shortages, with engineers and health care professional positions the most in-demand roles in Australia.
I want to thank my friend and colleague Jenny Macklin for her years of tireless service to disadvantaged Australians.
Today’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms the Turnbull Government’s dismal failure on TAFE and vocational education.
Labor has welcomed the announcement that BAE Systems have been awarded the $35 billion Future Frigates contract, particularly the company’s commitment to train and employ more than 1000 local apprentices and graduates.
Malcolm Turnbull has turned his back on remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, with funding for remote housing in those states ceasing yesterday.
Labor’s efforts to bring forward legislation on the National Housing Finance Investment Corporation means the new authority can begin its work on 1 July 2018.
The Turnbull Government’s review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act fails to address the deep structural problems within the vocational education system.
Budget Estimates have again exposed the Turnbull government’s total lack of credibility when it comes to addressing Australia’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis.
Simon Birmingham and his Assistant Minister Karen Andrews must accept full responsibility for the Australian Apprenticeship Management System IT failure that has blown out to $24.1 million.
It’s always the same story with the Liberals – cut TAFE.
The gap between those doing it tough and struggling to find adequate housing and wealthy investors using unfair and unsustainable tax breaks such as negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts continues to increase
The Turnbull Government’s key digital agency has admitted a failed digital project had been placed on a special watch list - and this still couldn’t save the project.
The Turnbull government has abruptly ended the Australian Apprenticeships Management System (AAMS) project after questions first raised by Labor 12 months ago exposed the ongoing failure of the project. Media reports claim the costs have already exceeded $20 million with no end in sight for a project that was originally to cost $10 million.
Today’s release of the inaugural Australian Homelessness Monitor by Launch Housing has confirmed that urgent action is needed to address housing affordability and rising homelessness in Australia after five years of neglect, cuts and indifference from the Abbott-Turnbull Government.
In his weekend doorstop interview Simon Birmingham epitomises the contempt the Turnbull government has for working class Australians and the TAFE system.
A Shorten Labor Government will scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs.
Congratulations to Premier Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Labor Government for investing in TAFE Victoria, upgrading campuses and making 30 priority courses fee-free.
The struggle of a homeless North West Coast Tasmanian woman and her children highlight the policy failures of the State and Federal Liberal Governments.
Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today is a damning indictment of the failure of Malcolm Turnbull to address the housing affordability crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull’s massive funding cuts will send uni and TAFE enrolments into ‘free fall’, new research has found.
The funding for remote and Indigenous housing in the Northern Territory announced today is a slap in the face to Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia – who are still without a funding agreement for Indigenous housing.
Today marks the 19th annual Youth Homelessness Matters Day – an initiative of the National Youth Coalition for Housing to raise awareness and increase understanding of youth homelessness in Australia.
The State of Homelessness in the Cities report highlights the failure of the Turnbull Government to tackle the growing rate of homelessness across the nation.
Once again divisions have opened up within the Turnbull government over housing affordability, with John Alexander leading a group of MPs ‘concerned about housing prices’ calling on the PM to address the affordability crisis.
Labor welcomes the release today of a study by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), on the effect of government planning mechanisms on the supply of affordable housing.
LIBS NAVAL SHIPBUILDING COLLEGE: A YEAR IN, SIX MONTHS BEHIND, AND GENERATING MORE QUESTIONS THAN SKILLS
The Liberal Government today announced that they would continue missing their own deadline to get their Naval Shipbuilding College off the ground.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has used the cover of an empty promise to partially fund one thousand apprenticeships to justify supporting the Government’s $65 billion tax giveaway to the top end of town.
Labor is calling on the Prime Minister to wake up and act on the growing number of Australians who are homeless.
The South Australian Labor Government’s announced $100 million investment in TAFE SA is a welcome contrast to the disinvestment and neglect by the Turnbull government at the Federal level, and the privatisation agenda of the South Australian Liberals.
The release of the Grattan Institute’s report on housing affordability overnight underlines the fact that there is more to be done on tackling this important issue.
Labor welcomes the commitment made by the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training in Senate Estimates yesterday to more effectively coordinate information between the Department and the Fair Work Ombudsman to protect vulnerable young workers from exploitation.
At senate estimates yesterday it was revealed that a project to upgrade the Australian Apprenticeship Management System (AAMS) has run over time and over budget.
The Senate has voted 38 to 28 in favour of a Labor amendment to ensure local workers are given the first opportunity to apply for a local job before an employer can apply to bring in an overseas worker.
Two years ago today, Bill Shorten launched Federal Labor’s housing affordability policies – reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount.
The Turnbull government must immediately clarify its position on the National Partnership on Remote Housing and guarantee funding for indigenous housing in remote communities.
The Turnbull government won’t be able to deliver on its vaunted ‘defence export strategy’ without skilled workers, and the government has failed time and again to address the problems in this policy area.
The overpayment of $2.8 billion in income support according to reports today, shows yet again that the Turnbull Government is completely incompetent when it comes to managing Centrelink and has achieved nothing in spite of continued claims that they will fix overpayments.
Today’s Mission Australia report on the rising number of older people experiencing homelessness, particularly older women, highlights the impact of the Turnbull government’s cuts and neglect.
It’s a privilege to have been appointed Shadow Minister for TAFE and I am looking forward to working with Labor’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Tanya Plibersek in this vital policy area.
The rising number of older women experiencing homelessness and housing stress is a problem that the Turnbull government has ignored for far too long. Their failure to act is causing unnecessary hardship for individuals and families, while contributing to a crisis in affordability that affects the entire community.
A Shorten Labor Government will develop and implement a national plan to reduce homelessness through the Council of Australian Governments.
The lack of action on housing affordability from Scott Morrison and the Federal Government has now been compounded by counter-productive policy on the run which has completely blindsided business and the housing sector.
First and foremost a home is the foundation to make a life, have a family and be part of a community.
Australia is in the middle of a worsening housing affordability and homelessness crisis and the Turnbull government has been missing in action.
Today’s Centre for Economic Development Australia (CEDA) report on housing shows that the Turnbull government’s inaction on housing affordability will have long term adverse social and economic consequences.
Congratulations to everyone involved promoting skills and apprenticeships through National Skills Week 2017, which begins on Monday 28th August.
IF WE ARE TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS,POVERTY AND INEQUALITY,THEN HOUSING AFFORDABILITY POLICY MUST PLAY A CENTRAL ROLE
As a nation, we are now the most unequal we have been since the Great Depression. We are becoming more divided by wealth and class.
APPRENTICE NUMBERS HAVE FALLEN BY 148,000 UNDER THE LIBERALS AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO IDEA HOW TO HALT THE DECLINE
Latest yearly figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show once again that apprentice numbers have fallen on the Turnbull Government’s watch.
Today’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) figures show that the Turnbull government continues to put wealthy investors buying their fourth or fifth property ahead of young people trying to buy their first home.
The Treasurer and his Assistant remain in denial on affordable housing, defending the indefensible and continuing to make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims.
Two reports from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) have delivered a scathing assessment of the Turnbull government’s failure to address housing affordability policy.
Today’s 2016 Census figures tell a familiar story of declining home ownership, fewer people owning their home outright, more people renting and higher rents.
Labor acknowledges the Productivity Commission’s finding that Australia’s social housing system is broken.
The Turnbull Government’s National Housing Infrastructure Facility (NHIF), has all the hallmarks of a Coalition slush fund.
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”.
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’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today makes for sobering reading.
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 great Australian dream is turning into the great Australian nightmare on Malcolm Turnbull's watch.
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.
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.
Suggestions that the Turnbull Government is making progress tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis are grossly exaggerated.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 will boost apprentice numbers across the country by ensuring Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs.
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.
Today marks six years since the introduction of Labor’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull’s changes to the pension assets test start from today – a change that will leave around 330,000 Australian pensioners worse off.
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.
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.
The Turnbull Government is finishing the year as it started, hopelessly divided on key policies like negative gearing
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.
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.
The Turnbull Government today also announced their eighth ‘compliance savings’ measure since the 2014 Budget.
Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
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
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.
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.
VINNIES CEO JOHN FALZON IS RIGHT – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IS WILFULLY EXACERBATING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING PROBLEMS
Labor welcomes the contribution made today by St Vincent De Paul CEO John Falzon to the debate on housing and homelessness.
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 the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, held in Darwin last night.
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.
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 the announcement made by Premier Daniel Andrews that the Victorian Government will invest $109 million into homelessness support services and affordable housing.
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.
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
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 the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performance audit report into the administration of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
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.
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.
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.
Without action on homelessness, the Turnbull Government’s family violence package is woefully inadequate.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Turnbull Government should release its internal report into the death of a Work for the Dole participant in April this year.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The closure of the Ford production line is a dark day for Australian industry, and particularly for skills and apprenticeships.
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 will see processing times blow out and people turned away from making Medicare claims at Centrelink offices.
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.
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’.
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.
National Skills Week, a non-government led initiative to promote skills, commences Monday 29th August.
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
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.
On any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.
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.
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.
The Turnbull government’s complete ignorance of the problems facing the Australian workforce has been put on public display by the Treasurer today.
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.
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.