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Jul 16, 2008

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – Green Paper

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – Green Paper

The Rudd Labor Government has announced a Green Paper on a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Penny Wong, Minister for Climate Change and Water said, “The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is a response to climate change that is economically responsible, supports families and prepares Australia for our future challenges.” To read the Media Release, click here.

Jul 3, 2008

Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation Funding for Grayndler

Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation Funding for Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 6 2008

In recent weeks the Rudd Labor Government has announced significant funding for Mental Health and Drug Rehabilitation services in Grayndler.

Funding totals $ 665,000 and is targeted in two areas, Amphetamine Drug Rehabilitation and Mental Health.

Amphetamine Type Stimulants Grants Program

The money granted under this program can be used for a variety of purposes including, increasing educational resources, investing in frontline infrastructure or providing training for staff to better manage and treat the challenging behaviours displayed by amphetamine users.

“People who are dependent on amphetamines need help. Drug addiction devastates not only those addicted but also their families and friends.”

“With the right treatment people addicted to amphetamines can make a comeback. This funding will aid in that effort and I welcome it,” said Anthony Albanese.

Organisations in Grayndler receiving funding are The Construction Industry Drug and Alcohol Foundation, We Help Ourselves and the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Centre.

“The new challenges thrown up by Amphetamine addiction need strong action that results in positive outcomes for users and affected communities.” said Anthony Albanese.

Mental Health Non Government Organisation Capacity Building Grants Program

Capacity building grants have been given to 4 mental health organisations in Grayndler. The purpose of the grants is to increase organisational capacity in the Mental Health sector in response to increased demand for their services.

The expected increase in demand is a result of the $1.9 billion being invested through the COAG National Action Plan on Mental Health.

The 4 key areas receiving funding in the Non Government sector are

  •  Services for people with Drug and Alcohol problems
  •  Telephone counselling, self help and web based support programs
  • Support for day to day living in the community
  •  Suicide prevention programs

“I welcome the assistance coming to organisations in Grayndler to build capacity in response to increased Government funding in the mental health area.”

“Mental health is a challenge that the Rudd Labor Government is tackling head on,” said Anthony Albanese.

Jun 6, 2008

Childcare for Grayndler: A Budget priority

Childcare for Grayndler: A Budget priority

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 6 2008

Anthony Albanese today visited The Infants Home in Ashfield to discuss the role the centre plays in the local community and Labor’s childcare initiatives in the budget.

The Infants’ Home Child & Family Services is a not-for-profit organisation which provides high-quality specialised services to children and families in the community.

“The Infants’ Home is a great example of high quality childcare available to the families in the Ashfield area,” said Anthony Albanese. The Infant’s Home is a good example of the kind of service the Government is encouraging. They provide a range of additional services onsite. These include: speech therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood nurse consultations, and visiting GP’s. The centre also works in partnership with schools in the local area.

Childcare Initiatives in the Budget

From 1 July 2008 the Childcare Tax Rebate will increase from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs. The maximum payment will increase from $4,354 to $7,500 per child, and payments will be made quarterly, rather than annually. The first of these payments will be made in October 2008.

The Child Care Tax Rebate is not income tested, and is available to working families with children in approved care, whether they receive other government subsidies or not.

The Rudd Labor Government has committed to establishing up to 260 additional Early Learning and Care Centres across Australia by June 2014.

The Inner West has been identified as a priority area for Phase 1 of this initiative, which will deliver the first 38 centres by June 2010. The Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care is working with the State Government to identify a suitable location in the area.

“The key objective of this initiative is to provide additional high quality early learning and care places in areas of child care need.”

“Families have told me of their frustration of being unable to access places in child care in the area, and the impact this has had on their ability to work.”

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to improving support for families using childcare, as well as increasing the number of places in areas of high demand,” said Anthony Albanese.

Parents can also call the Child Care Access Hotline, which is a telephone service that provides parents with information to help choose a child care service that meets their needs, on 1800 670 305 (free call).

Jun 3, 2008

$500,000 in Funding for Migrant Settlement in Grayndler

$500,000 in Funding for Migrant Settlement in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 3 2008

Anthony Albanese has welcomed the announcement of $500,000 in funding under the Settlement Grants Program, for organisations in Grayndler that assist with the integration of refugees and migrants.

“Since 1996 over 17,000 migrants have come to Grayndler to live. This funding will help those who have recently arrived in Australia cope with what can be a difficult and challenging time,” said Anthony Albanese.

4 organisations in Grayndler are being funded as part of the Settlement Grants Program. The organisations receiving funding are the Indonesian Welfare Association, the Indonesian Community Council of NSW, Mercy Works and St Vincent de Paul.

The grants will fund work to promote awareness of Government services, classes to help with cultural transition, life skills training and volunteer mentoring from community members.

The programs will assist migrants and refugees with things like overcoming barriers to accessing private housing, which can be difficult without rental history or referees in Australia.

“Our area has a strong history of welcoming migrants and is one of the success stories of multicultural Australia. I am proud that the Rudd Labor Government is funding these services.”

“I would like to thank all organisations involved in assisting new arrivals in Grayndler. They should be commended for their contribution to the positive and successful settlement of migrants and refugees in Australia,” said Anthony Albanese.

May 30, 2008

Exciting New Life for Haberfield Post Office

Exciting New Life for Haberfield Post Office

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 30 2008

Anthony Albanese, will today open the restored Haberfield Post Office Building in its new incarnation as Haberfield Post restaurant (formerly Il Goloso, of Ramsay Street).

The Post Office Building dates to 1914 and is a magnificent example of the Garden Suburb’s Federation architecture.

Mr Albanese welcomed both the sensitive restoration of the important heritage landmark and its new lease on life as a family restaurant.

“This is a real win for the many Haberfield residents who have campaigned for the retention and restoration of the old Post Office ever since its sale by Australia post some ten years ago.”

“Local people are rightly very proud and protective of their unique heritage suburb.”

“I’m delighted that the old Post Office will resume its place at the heart of life in Haberfield,” said Anthony Albanese.

May 26, 2008

10th Anniversary of Sorry Day

10th Anniversary of Sorry Day

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

26 May 2008

The 10th Anniversary of Sorry Day was marked in Parliament today with the unveiling of a calligraphy version of the Apology Motion.

“Sorry Day is a day to acknowledge the significance of parliament’s national apology to the Stolen Generations, for what are now recognised as past injustices and mistreatment,” said Anthony Albanese.

The manuscript of the historic ‘Motion of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples’ was produced by Canberra artist Gemma Black on calfskin.

“The Apology is an important part of the framework which will enable us to make the practical and structural changes that are needed to see improvement in the lives of Indigenous Australians,” said Anthony Albanese.

This year, the Australian Government has provided funding to 26 organisations to support activities across the country.

The Australian Government is committed to working with Stolen Generations, to make sure their voices are heard in the development of targeted programs to help heal the pain.

In June 2008, the Government will meet with Stolen Generations members, professionals in women’s and men’s health, trauma, child protection and mental health specialists, and family reunion services to map a way forward together.

The Department of Health will consult with Stolen Generations on the development of a training program and materials for mainstream health service providers on Stolen Generations issues.

Since the election, the Rudd Labor Government has committed more than $1.2 billion over five years to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,  including undertaking major programs in Early Childhood Development, Education, Health, Community safety, Employment, Economic participation, Welfare reform , and Governance and Leadership.

“The Rudd Labor Government is committed to closing the gap between indigenous and non indigenous Australians,” said Anthony Albanese.

May 14, 2008

Budget delivers for Grayndler

Budget delivers for Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 14 2008

The Rudd Labor Government’s first Budget delivers for Grayndler.

“This Budget comprehensively delivers on the policies we took to the election,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Budget makes good on Labor election commitments, including major local projects.

There is $2 million in the Budget to manage storm water, reduce river pollution and improve water quality in the Cooks River.

“I am pleased the Budget has delivered on this project and look forward to seeing the positive effects on the Cooks River,” said Anthony Albanese.

Tigers’ fans, young people and the local community can look forward to using an upgraded Leichhardt Oval with Labor’s commitment of $3 million confirmed in the budget.

“The upgrade will mean the oval can be used by a range of local community and sporting groups.”

“We can all look forward to watching games at the upgraded oval whether it’s the Tigers or a local team,” said Anthony Albanese.

$14.5 million has also been provided for the noise insulation of Fort St High School.

An Early Learning and Child Care Centre will also be built in Grayndler. Funding for the centre was confirmed in the Budget.

“Assistance with child care is very important for families in Grayndler,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Budget also contains significant investment in Transport, Infrastructure, Health, Education and Climate Change solutions.

This includes:

  • Making Medicare Fairer – lifting the threshold for the Medicare Levy Surcharge from $50,000 to $100,000 for singles and from $100,000 to $150,000 for couples;
  •  Establishing a $10 billion Health and Hospitals Fund to pay for our long-term hospitals, medical technology and research facility needs;
  • $62 million for the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program;
  •  $11 billion for a special fund to secure Australia’s long-term education needs;
  •  $20 million for a feasibility study into the proposed Western Metro (Green Line) between Parramatta and the CBD;
  •  $20 billion to the Building Australia Fund, money for critical economic infrastructure such as roads, rail, ports and broadband;
  • $2.3 billion on climate change with $500 million for a Renewable Energy Fund and $500 million for the Green Car Innovation fund;
  •  An Increase in the Childcare Tax Rebate from 30% to 50% with the capped payment increased from $4,354 to $7,500.

“This Budget puts billions into combating climate change and we are putting $20 million into a feasibility study of the Western Metro which would be a significant investment in public transport for the inner west”

“This Budget delivers on the issues that concern people in Grayndler. It delivers real solutions in Climate Change, Infrastructure, Healthcare and Education,” said Anthony Albanese.

Click here for a link to the Government’s Budget website:http://www.aph.gov.au/budget/

Further information can be found at the relevant Ministers’ websites.

May 8, 2008

Award for outstanding contribution to the lives of Senior Australians

Award for outstanding contribution to the lives of Senior Australians in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 8 2008

The Australian Government today recognised Mary Shannon for her significant contribution to improving the lives of senior Australians.

Anthony Albanese MP together with Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, presented Ms Shannon with a plaque at a morning tea in Marrickville.

The Community Service Award is presented to individuals who provide outstanding service to older Australians, or to older Australians who provide outstanding community service.

They can be community members, volunteers, carers, aged-care workers or administrators.

Ms Shannon got involved as a volunteer through the Beyond Home project 3 years ago and having made a lasting friend in that area moved with her to work in the Community Visitors Scheme.

Beyond Home is a volunteer based transitional care project that aims at preventing or reducing depression in older people as they make the transition to residential aged care. The Community Visitors Scheme helps keep older people connected to the community and provides friendship and companionship. It also gives volunteers a rewarding relationship.

“The award is an Australian Government initiative which is designed to recognise the contribution of people whose efforts might otherwise go unremarked,” Mrs Elliot said.

Anthony Albanese said he was pleased to see local residents recognised for their contribution and effort.

“Ms Shannon has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of senior residents in our local community through her work.”

“Today is about recognising Mary, but it is also about giving a focus to the many people who give their time to help others in this way.”

“I would encourage everyone who is able, to get involved with programs like these. They enrich the lives of all involved.”

“Mary is an absolute asset to our community. I want to congratulate her on her achievement. I would also like to thank her, on behalf of the community, for all the work she does,” said Anthony Albanese.

People interested in volunteering can visit http://www.iwna.com.au or call Inner West Neighbour Aid on 9799 5099.

May 1, 2008

Anthony Albanese welcomes moves on same-sex discrimination

Anthony Albanese welcomes moves on same-sex discrimination

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 1 2008

Legislation to remove same-sex discrimination from a wide range of Commonwealth laws will be introduced by the Rudd Labor Government in the Budget Sittings of Parliament.

The announcement, which was made by Attorney-General Robert McClelland, has been welcomed by Anthony Albanese MP.

“I have been fighting for basic legal equality for same-sex couples since I was elected to Federal Parliament in 1996.”

“On 5 separate occasions since 1996 I introduced the Superannuation (Entitlements of Same Sex Couples) Bill to the House of Representatives. These reforms will make the intent of that Bill a reality.”

“Labor will reform at least 100 pieces of legislation. It will be a proud moment for me and the Labor Party when this action is taken,” said Anthony Albanese.

This long-overdue reform follows the landmark report of HREOC, Same-Sex: Same Entitlements, which focussed on financial and work-related legislation. On coming to office, the Rudd Government commissioned an audit of Commonwealth laws, which identified other areas of discrimination.

The changes will provide for equality of treatment under a wide range of Commonwealth laws between same-sex and opposite-sex de facto couples. Importantly the reforms will also ensure children are not disadvantaged because of the structure of their family.

Areas where discrimination will be removed include tax, superannuation, social security, health, aged care, veterans’ entitlements, workers’ compensation, employment entitlements, and other areas of Commonwealth administration.

“It is a clear example of the kind of progressive reform which only comes from Labor Governments and is a far cry from what occurred under the Howard Government where the only legislative reform to recognise same-sex couples as family members was antiterrorism legislation,” said Anthony Albanese.

Apr 23, 2008

Free flu shots for the over 65s – Noeline Brown, the Ambassador for the Ageing

Anthony Albanese MP accompanied the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, to a Fort St Medical centre today as Australia’s first Ambassador for the Ageing, actress Noeline Brown got a free flu shot. Flu shots are provided free by the Rudd Labor Government to all Australians aged over 65.

Older Australians should take steps to protect themselves from potentially life threatening winter illness and have their annual free influenza shots, the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, said today.

“Last year, 2.57 million Australians over the age of 65 received the free flu vaccinations from their GPs, at clinics or in aged care facilities across the country, Mrs Elliot said.

“In the last five years, influenza and pneumonia were responsible for 2.5 per cent of all deaths in Australia – and in 2006 resulted in 2725 deaths – making it the 12th highest cause of death.

“I am urging every eligible older Australian to take advantage of the National Immunisation Program – and not become another statistic,” Mrs Elliot said.

Mr Albanese supported the call reminding the public that vaccinations are needed every year to provide protection against the most recent form of the influenza virus.

“Flu can be very serious for any age group but older people can be more susceptible to influenza complications, like pneumonia.

“Influenza can also complicate existing illnesses such as diabetes, heart conditions and severe asthma – with people needing to be hospitalised when conditions became life-threatening,” Mr Albanese said.

Mrs Elliot said, “This is why the Government not only recommends annual vaccinations for people 65 years of age and over, but provides them free of charge to this age group under the Program.

(The government has provided $26.2 million for the influenza vaccine program).

“Autumn is always the best time of year to be vaccinated, before flu outbreaks become more common during the colder months. This will allow the vaccine time to work before the winter starts,” she said.

Mrs Elliot is also encouraging older Australians to receive their pneumococcal vaccine as provided free under the National Immunisation Program for those over 65. For most people, vaccination is safe.

“I urge everyone over 65 to take these seasonal precautions to ensure that they receive the maximum benefit for a safer and healthier autumn and winter,” she said.

The influenza season usually commences in late-May and continues until September.

Further information is available on the Fight Flu web site developed by the National Institute of Clinical Studies. The address is http://www.fightflu.gov.au

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

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

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