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Oct 15, 2008

Grayndler residents to Benefit from Economic Security Strategy

Grayndler residents to Benefit from Economic Security Strategy

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 15 2008

The Rudd Labor Government has taken decisive action to make sure working families and pensioners in Grayndler have a secure future.

Kevin Rudd has announced a $10.4 billion strategy to strengthen the national economy and support Australian households during a deep and prolonged global economic slowdown.

The Australian economy is strong, but to maintain that strength , Australia must act decisively.

The Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Security Strategy delivers for more than 21,000 pensioners and carers, and 7,600 families in Grayndler.

Under the strategy,  pensioners will receive a down payment of $1,400 for singles and $2,100 for couples. Carers, disability support and aged pensioners, seniors and veterans will also benefit.

In addition,  people who are receiving a Carer Allowance will receive $1,000 for each eligible person being cared for.

These pension payments will be made from 8 December 2008 and are intended to provide additional support in the 9 months between now and when long-term reforms are introduced from the beginning of the next financial year.

7,600 families receiving Family Tax Benefit A will also receive immediate financial support through the Strategy, with a one-off payment of $1,000 for each eligible child in their care.

“This is about delivering real and immediate support to people who need it most, including pensioners, carers and families.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is responding to the challenging economic times, and meeting the needs of local families, pensioners and carers through this strategy,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Economic Security Strategy will also make first home buyers eligible for grants of up to $21,000, with the ‘First Home Owners Boost’ initiative to bolster construction activity in the housing market.

“That’s an important boost for people looking to buy or build their own home in the inner west,” said Anthony Albanese.

Additional measures for infrastructure spending and increased training places will ensure that Australia is well-placed into the future to maintain a strong economy.

“The Rudd Labor Government is investing in our future,” said Anthony Albanese.

Oct 15, 2008

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 15 2008

The 12th-18th of October is Anti-Poverty week and activities are taking place in Parliament House and around Australia.

On Tuesday , Anthony met with a group of Grayndler residents representing the Micah Challenge, and viewed the Create to Advocate 08 Art Exhibition which opened this week in Parliament House.

The exhibition was initiated by Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge Australia, and included a painting by Casey North, a local student from Camperdown.

“I’d like to congratulate Casey and all those who took part in the exhibition,” said Anthony Albanese.

Anthony also joined other politicians in signing a canvas called ‘The House of Partnership’ by artist Nell Potter , which combines an image of Parliament House with images of Global Poverty.

Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge, represent over 50 major international aid and development agencies, church groups, schools and community groups, and are working together in support of the Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015 .

“It’s great to see such a fantastic event occurring in Parliament House. It’s an important issue and raising awareness is crucial to achieving results.”

“It is always rewarding to meet people from our area who care about and who work to help those in need,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Rudd Labor Government’s commitment to international development assistance is significant.

The Rudd Labor Government is determined to increase overseas aid with the goal of providing 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income by 2015-16.

The 2008-09 Budget lays the foundation for implementing the Government’s commitment to increase Australian development assistance with an estimated $3.7 billion in funds.

This is an increase of 9 per cent on the 2007-08 aid budget estimate and  the largest ever budget investment by an Australian Government in poverty reduction and sustainable development.

“I am proud the Government is stepping up to the plate on global development assistance, supporting the generous donations that so many Australians already make,” said Anthony Albanese.

Some significant programs include:

  •  Close to $1 billion for PNG and the Pacific to support improved basic services and contribute to broad-based more equitable growth.
  •  An estimated $462 million for Indonesia to support economic and legal reform and improved access to basic services.
  •  Increased assistance to $116 million for Africa to support progress towards the Millennium Goals and targeted humanitarian assistance.
  •  Increased assistance to $96.3 million for East Timor as it continues to transition to self-reliance..

The Rudd Labor Government is increasing engagement with important United Nations and other expert multilateral partners.

The Government has committed $200 million over four years to a United Nations Partnership for the Millennium Development Goals, working with seven key UN agencies to increase child literacy, improve maternal and child health and further empower women.

“The Government is taking strong action on Australia’s commitment to tackling Global Poverty,” said Anthony Albanese.

Oct 3, 2008

Cooks River Renewal Project Secures $2 Million Funding

Cooks River Renewal Project Secures $2 Million Funding

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 3 2008

Tony Burke MP, Anthony Albanese MP, Robert McClelland MP and John Murphy MP have today announced the Cooks River will be cleaned up as part of a project which will deliver a Rudd Labor Government $2 million election commitment to improve the health of the river.

The project aims to reverse the adverse effects of settlement, land clearing, wetland destruction and altered water flows on the Cooks River and surrounding areas.

Since European settlement, changes to the Cooks River and its catchment have had a devastating impact on wetlands, river quality and habitat loss.

This has led to a drastic reduction in the natural habitats which support a diversity of plant and wildlife, removing the natural systems that filter and break down pollutants.

With $2 million from the Rudd Labor Government, the Cooks River Urban Water Initiative will be the catalyst for an environmental renewal of this heavily urbanised catchment.

This funding contribution honours an election commitment and is part of the Rudd Labor Government’s $12.9 billion plan Water for the Future to secure the long-term water supply of all Australians.

“I look forward to seeing the positive effects on the Cooks River,” said Anthony Albanese.

Water for the Future has four key priorities: taking action on climate change, using water wisely, securing water supplies and supporting healthy rivers.

Funding for the Cooks River Urban Water Initiative is drawn from the $254.8 million National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns which is funding practical projects like pipelines, water saving infrastructure and water treatment plants.

The Cooks River project will see stormwater pollutant traps installed in priority areas to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the Wolli Creek Corridor. Seven wetlands will be targeted for construction, restoration, weed control and habitat enhancement.

The project will provide additional protection for the Wolli Creek Regional Park and will aim to increase the diversity of aquatic species and the return of lost species to the system.

The work will be undertaken by local councils, community groups and the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority in conjunction with the Commonwealth.

This investment will ensure the Commonwealth Government contributes to the outstanding work being done by local residents in the remediation of this important river system.

Oct 2, 2008

Rudd labor Government Delivers for First Home Buyers in Grayndler

Rudd labor Government Delivers for First Home Buyers in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 3 2008

Anthony Albanese today welcomed the introduction of the Rudd Labor Government’s new First Home Saver Accounts.

The new accounts, which are available from October 1, provide a simple, tax effective way to save a deposit for a first home through a combination of a Government contribution and low taxes.

“Many people in Grayndler aspire to move out of rental accommodation and buy their own home – but today housing is less affordable than at any time in our history,” said Anthony Albanese.

2006 Census data shows that nationally new home owners moving from a rental property to a mortgage pay on average $540 more in repayments than their previous rent, in Grayndler new home owners pay on average $980 more, a significant burden.

“It’s tough to buy in the Inner West especially for those trying to move out of rental accommodation,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nearly 40% of all accommodation in Grayndler is rented, which is 12% higher than the national average.

Young people in particular are finding it harder than ever to save a house deposit – especially if they are living away from home.

That’s why the Rudd Labor Government is establishing First Home Saver Accounts.

Already the ANZ and Commonwealth Banks, as well as 18 other financial institutions like credit unions, have said that they will offer the new accounts.

Account holders will receive a cash contribution of up to $850 a year from the Australian Government to help them save a home deposit.

“Eighteen year olds in their first jobs can start off putting as little as $20 a week into a First Home Saver Account and increase their contributions as their pay increases over the years.”

“By the time they are in their late-20s or 30s and are thinking about buying a house – perhaps with their partner – they will have a nice little nest egg,” said Anthony Albanese.

One of the other innovations of these new accounts is that parents and grandparents can contribute as well.

So personal savings made by young Australians can be enhanced by deposits from family members as well as contributions from the Government.

“I encourage all prospective home buyers in Grayndler to contact their financial institutions to see if they are providing the new accounts,” said Anthony Albanese.

For more information, please contact my office or visit: http://homesaver.treasury.gov.au/content/default.asp

Sep 19, 2008

Removal of Same-Sex Discrimination continues

Removal of Same-Sex Discrimination continues

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 19 2008

Same-sex discrimination will be removed from child support, under amendments circulated in Parliament.

The amendments, to section 60H of the Family Law Act, implement a bipartisan recommendation by Labor and Liberal Senators on the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in August.

They also form part of the 58 areas of discrimination recommended for removal by HREOC in its landmark Same-sex: Same Entitlements report.

They continue the Rudd Government’s implementation of its election commitment to remove same-sex discrimination from a wide range of Commonwealth laws.

“Children who are raised by a same-sex couple currently face financial disadvantage if the couple separates because they cannot access child support.”

“The amendments will ensure these children can have their parents recognised and have access to child support in the same way as children of opposite-sex couples who separate.”

“This will help ensure children are protected and are not discriminated against simply because of the structure of their family,” said Anthony Albanese.

Sep 4, 2008

Rate Cut Welcome relief for Grayndler Families

Rate Cut Welcome relief for Grayndler Families

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 4 2008

Anthony Albanese today said families in Grayndler would welcome the announcement by the Reserve Bank to cut official interest rates by 0.25 per cent.

“We have some of the highest house prices in Australia in Grayndler so any relief is welcome,” said Anthony Albanese.

2006 Census data tells us that households in Grayndler pay $60 per week more than the national average in rent and $162 per week more in mortgage repayments.

“It’s tough to buy in the inner west especially for those trying to move out of rental accommodation.”

“When people move from renting to a mortgage there is a big jump in cost, the high mortgages that characterise Grayndler are confronting for first home buyers and are far more sensitive to changes in rates,” said Anthony Albanese.

This cut in interest rates will provide an extra $87 per month for people on a $500,000 mortgage.

“Many families have been feeling the full weight of successive interest rate rises and this rate cut will be welcomed by them.”

“But only if their bank does the right thing and passes on the rate cut – and there’s absolutely no excuse for any bank not to do so, none at all.”

“I would encourage people to name and shame lenders that don’t pass on this cut and if needs be switch banks,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Rudd Labor Government announced changes to make it easier for consumers to switch banks and created a website to guide people through potential pitfalls in the process.

Information can be found at http://www.understandingmoney.gov.au

First home buyers should also consider opening up a First Home Saver Account which will be available from October 1.

Information can be found at http://www.homesaver.treasury.gov.au

“I encourage people to use these resources,” said Anthony Albanese.

Aug 29, 2008

Grayndler to Benefit from $1.75 Billion in New Funding for Local Roads Across Au

Grayndler to Benefit from $1.75 Billion in New Funding for Local Roads Across Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 29 2008

Anthony Albanese, recently announced that the Rudd Labor Government will deliver a record $1.75 billion in new money to improve local roads across Australia, by securing the Roads to Recovery program for another five years to 2014.

The program provides funding to councils across Australia, including in Grayndler.

Mr Albanese said, “This funding will be an increase of $50 million a year (or $250 million over five years) compared with the previous annual allocation under the Roads to Recovery program.”

“This funding will help fund urgent upgrades and repairs to maintain local roads and make them safer for the thousands of working Australians travelling every day.”

“In 2008-09 councils in Grayndler have received $1.2 million which is significant funding for urgent safety upgrades and repairs to local roads.”

These funds to councils in 2008-09 include:

  • Marrickville Council – $256,652
  • Canterbury City Council – $711,149
  • Leichhardt Council – $186,487
  • Ashfield Municipal Council – $130,472

The Roads to Recovery program was due to run out on 30 June 2009.

“That’s why, I introduced legislation into the Parliament which not only secures the program for five years, but increases funding by $250 million to a record $1.75 billion for councils.”

“Around Australia, councils are responsible for maintaining more than 657,000 kilometres of local roads, which are used by millions of working Australians every day.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is working in partnership with local councils to deliver safer roads,” said Anthony Albanese.

Each council’s individual allocation of this new funding will be determined later in the year by state and territory grants commissions.

Further information on Roads to Recovery can be found at http://www.auslink.gov.au/funding/r2r/index.aspx

Aug 19, 2008

Road Black Spot to be Fixed In Grayndler

Road Black Spot to be Fixed In Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 19 2008

Anthony Albanese today announced The Rudd Labor Government will invest $55,000 to fix a dangerous black spot on a local road in Grayndler.

“This is part of $50.5 million in funding that the Rudd Labor Government is delivering to fix black spots on local roads across Australia.”

“We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy.”

“This is a serious investment in safer roads for local motorists and their families. This project will help drive down the appalling social and economic cost of road carnage,” said Anthony Albanese.

The project in Grayndler is:

  • $55,000 to install a roundabout at the intersection of Edinburgh Road and Murray Street in Marrickville.

The project was assessed and recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts, including the NRMA, Federation of P&C Associations of NSW, Council on the Ageing, and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia.

The program has a proven track record of saving lives.

“An evaluation of the Black Spot program has shown that it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years.”

“It also returns around $14 for every $1 invested by reducing the number and cost of crashes.”

“I’m proud that the Rudd Government will honour its election commitment to increase black spot funding by 33 per cent next year,“ said Anthony Albanese.

Anyone can suggest a location or a section of road for black spot funding using a nomination form that can be downloaded from http://www.auslink.gov.au

Aug 1, 2008

Labor Changes Immigration Detention Policy

Labor Changes Immigration Detention Policy

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 1 2008

The Rudd Labor Government has honoured election commitments to change Australia’s immigration detention policy.

Under Labor’s reforms, detention in an Immigration Detention Centre will only be used as a last resort and for the shortest practicable time.

The Rudd Labor Government’s new policy will see the Department of Immigration take a risk-based approach to detention.

A person who poses no danger to the community will be able to remain in the community while their visa status is resolved.

The department will have to justify why a person should be detained. Once in detention a detainee’s case will be reviewed every three months to ensure that the further detention of the individual is justified.

“Children will not be detained in an immigration detention centre,” said Anthony Albanese.

This will prevent the kinds shameful mistakes that characterised the previous Government.

The case of Ian and Janie Whang from Stanmore is one of many instances that show how terrible the policy of detaining children was.

The brother and sister were removed from their classrooms in Stanmore public school in 2005 and taken to Villawood detention centre. They were wrongfully held in detention for over four months. During that time Ian witnessed three separate incidents of detainees trying to end their lives.

“These changes reverse a shameful chapter in our history and I am glad they have been made,” said Anthony Albanese.

Jul 23, 2008

Nominations Now Open for Australian of the Year Awards 2009

Nominations Now Open for Australian of the Year Awards 2009

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

July 23 2008

Anthony Albanese has called on Inner West residents to submit nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2009.

“You could help find the next Australian of the Year simply by submitting a nomination for someone whose achievements you admire.”

“There are many people in our community who have made significant contributions, who give of their time and expertise or who are inspirational through their leadership.”

“Nominating them for one of the Australian of the Year Award categories is a wonderful way to say thank you.”

“Even if they are not selected as a national recipient, every nominee receives certificate acknowledging their nomination, “said Anthony Albanese.

If there’s someone you think should be recognised, nominate them for an award in one of four categories:

  •  Australian of the Year – open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation and who are inspirational role models to all Australians;
  • Senior Australian of the Year – recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;
  • Young Australian of the Year – recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16 – 30 years who are contributing to our community;
  • Australia’s Local Hero – recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.

Nominating is simple – you can complete a nomination form online at www.australianoftheyear.gov.au, pick up a nomination form at your local Commonwealth Bank branch or call 1300 655 193 for more information.

This will be the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the Young Australian of the Year Award, which began in 1979. In 2009, the age criteria for the Young Australian of the Year Award has been extended by five years and nominees are now eligible from 16 years through to 30 years of age.

“It is important to recognise young people in the community who are doing great things.”

“We need to remember to acknowledge the role young people play in our community and provide support for their endeavours.”

“Nominating young people is a great way to show our encouragement of their efforts and to provide them with the motivation to continue to follow their dreams,” said Anthony Albanese.

Previous Young Australian of the Year Award recipients include:

  • Moto GP World Champion Casey Stoner (2008)
  • Young Indigenous leader Tania Major (2007)
  • Film maker Khoa Do (2005)
  • Paleontologist Scott Hucknell (2002)
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe (2000)
  • Multicultral community leader Tan Le (1998)

Nominations for all four categories close on Sunday 31 August 2008.

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or to submit your nomination online, visit http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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