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Dec 9, 2008

Economic Security Strategy

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

December 9 2008

The Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Security Strategy will begin to deliver for more than 21,000 pensioners and carers, and 7,600 families in Grayndler this week.

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.

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

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.

“These payments will provide a direct benefit to families, pensioners and carers. It will also provide a boost to the local economy,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 28, 2008

First Year of the Rudd labor Government

First Year of the Rudd labor Government

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 28 2008

In its first year the Rudd Labor Government has delivered on local projects and on issues of national and international significance.

Local Achievements include:

  • The Cooks River Renewal project – $2 Million
  • The Leichhardt Oval Upgrade – $3 million
  • Noise Insulation for Fort St High School – $14.5 million
  • Funds from the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program to Local Councils – $1.7 Million including Ashfield Council – $251,000, Canterbury Council – $702,000, Leichhardt Council – $253,000 and Marrickville Council – $493,000
  • Funding for 1,200 Computers has gone to 9 nine local schools through Round One of the National Secondary School Computer Fund.
  • $11 Million for a Trades Training centre – 4 Grayndler schools to participate.

“These are excellent local projects which deliver on our election commitments and I am glad to see them going ahead” said Anthony Albanese.

National Achievements

The Rudd Labor Government has:

  • Apologised to the Stolen Generations
  • Removed Same Sex Discrimination from Commonwealth Legislation
  • Signed the Kyoto Protocol, set targets for Emissions Reduction and released a Green paper on a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
  • Brought Combat Troops Home from Iraq
  • Introduced a more humane approach to asylum seekers; and
  • Abolished Work Choices.

“Progressive changes of the kind made this year only occur when Labor is in Government,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 25, 2008

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 25 2008

Today marked White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Anthony joined many other MPs in Parliament by wearing a White Ribbon.

White Ribbon Day is important because it allows men to say that they will not be violent or silent about domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I am proud to be an Ambassador for White Ribbon Day, to declare my opposition to any form of violence against women and to support work which prevents it from occurring and better cares for victims,” said Anthony Albanese.

It is an important day to reflect on the fact that:

  • 1 in 3 Australian women experience domestic or family violence in their lifetime,
  • 1 in 5 experience sexual assault and;
  • Nearly half a million Australian women suffer violence each year.

The Rudd Labor Government is determined to reduce the incidence and impact of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

The Government has appointed a national council in May this year to develop an evidence based action plan to reduce violence.

The National Plan will support the community to:

  • Better support victims of violence;
  • Ensure the legal system is effective; and
  • Reduce violence for future generations.

This year the Government has:

  • Committed to delivering $1 million to the White Ribbon Foundation to support and expand its activities in rural Australia over the next four years ($250,000 has already been provided)
  • Committed $2 million to benchmark community attitudes on violence against women.
  • Invested $500,000 in the Australian Institute of Criminology to undertake research into domestic related homicides. This will provide better information for early intervention programs to prevent domestic homicides.
  • Provided $500,000 to fund 22 national and local projects to support victims of domestic or family violence.

“This work will make a real difference for women who are victims of violence and work to change attitudes in our society,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 20, 2008

Grayndler councils to receive $1.7m for local infrastructure

Grayndler councils to receive $1.7 million for local infrastructure

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 20 2008

Local Councils in Grayndler are set to receive $1.7 million from the Rudd Labor Governments $300 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

The program will boost local economic development and support jobs in communities around the country.

The Government made the formal announcement at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government, held in Canberra this week.

The first meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government is part of the Rudd Government’s commitment to establish a new relationship between the Commonwealth and local governments – a framework for working together, which has not existed before.

Local Mayors from Ashfield, Canterbury, Leichhardt and Marrickville and Councils attended and contributed to the meeting.

“I was pleased to see our Local Mayors in attendance and proud as Minister for Local Government to be establishing this historic partnership.”

“The meeting is a new chapter in the history of local and national government. It is an opportunity to forge a new partnership between the two levels of government”, said Anthony Albanese.

Some examples of community infrastructure that would be eligible for the funding include:

  • Social and cultural infrastructure, such as town halls, community centres, libraries, parks, public squares;
  • Sport and recreation facilities, such as sporting grounds, stadiums, walking tracks and playgrounds;
  • Access facilities, such as footbridges and ramps.

“Funding community infrastructure projects will boost local jobs and our local economy and improve the quality of life for our community,” said Anthony Albanese.

Nov 11, 2008

New website a valuable resource for Grayndler parents

New website a valuable resource for Grayndler parents

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 12 2008

Anthony Albanese has welcomed the launch of mychild.gov.au and encouraged parents and carers in Grayndler to visit the website.

mychild.gov.au is a virtual children’s hub for parents and carers which provides access to important health, early learning, child care and parenting support information in one convenient location.

The new online portal is part of the Rudd Labor Government’s $2.4 billion early childhood education and child care plan to ensure every Australian child gets the best start in life.

In line with the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit vision, the mychild.gov.au website will be a place where local families can go for information about Government initiatives and for assistance with their child care options.

The Government understands how critical the early years are for children and this website will help give parents and carers in Grayndler the support they need to make informed choices that will lay the foundation for their child’s future.

mychild.gov.au includes a searchable database of local child care centres including the services they provide and the fees they charge.

Providing greater information to parents is part of the Rudd Labor Government’s comprehensive plan to deliver high quality, affordable and accessible child care for Australian children.

“The site is a great resource for parents and I encourage them to use it.”

“The Rudd Labor Government has also made a significant commitment to childcare locally,” said Anthony Albanese.

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 nationally by June 2010.

For more information please visit www.mychild.gov.au or call the mychild information line on 13 36 84.

Nov 7, 2008

Grayndler Home-Owners get Rate Relief

Grayndler Home-Owners get Rate Relief

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 7 2008

Anthony Albanese said this week’s interest rate cut of 0.75 per cent would be good news for Grayndler families.

Albanese said, while he was disappointed the major banks hadn’t passed the full rate cut on to customers, it would still bring relief to local mortgage holders.

“This is a vital rate cut directed towards further strengthening our economy in these uncertain global conditions – the worst since the Great Depression.”

“Grayndler families know that the impact of the global financial crisis is biting as the economy begins to slow – that’s what makes this rate cut so critical.”

“The action by the Reserve Bank underscores the extent to which the global financial crisis is impacting on our economy.”

“We welcome this decision – it’s a sensible one at such a tough time for local families and the global economy.”

“We have some of the highest house prices in Australia in Grayndler so the relief is welcome.”

Mr Albanese said official rates had now dropped two full percentage points over the last two months.

“Given the average mortgage in the Inner West, home-owners will be saving hundreds of dollars a month compared to the beginning of the year.”

Mr Albanese said the Rudd Government is determined to do everything it can to strengthen and protect the Australian economy from the global financial crisis.

“That’s why Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan have announced the $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy – to give families, pensioners and first home buyers extra assistance in these tough times.”

“Australians can rest assured we are taking the right, decisive action to give relief to families and strengthen our economy in the face of this global financial crisis.”

Oct 24, 2008

$64,000 grant awarded to Grayndler business

$64,000 GRANT AWARDED TO GRAYNDLER BUSINESS

BUSINESS ALSO WINS ON ‘THE NEW INVENTORS’

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 24 2008

Anthony Albanese recently visited Research Water Pty Ltd a company which has been awarded a $64,000 Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grant and won its round of ‘The New Inventors’ on ABC TV.

The AusIndustry grant is to help commercialise its Electronic water clarification and purification technology.

"This is exciting technology that has been recognised by the Government and an expert panel on the ABC," said Anthony Albanese.

The technology converts polluted non salty water to drinkable quality in a short amount of time.

The technology is a genuine Australian invention that has a wide range of uses, especially in providing clean and cheap drinking water in the third world.

The purification system can run with minimal power and is a cheaper alternative to bottled water.

“Research Water Pty Ltd is a company that typifies the innovative and spirit of Australian business, and I congratulate them on their success,” said Anthony Albanese.

The Government runs a variety of grants and assistance programs to develop renewable energy and other technologies that will help reduce carbon emissions as well as help business reduce its carbon footprint.

The ‘$240 million Clean Business Australia includes three programs, ‘Retooling for Climate Change’, the ‘Green Building Fund’ and the ‘Climate Ready Program’.

“The Government is serious about encouraging the development of new technology that will help to combat climate change and create jobs in our community,” said Anthony Albanese.

"I urge local companies to contact AusIndustry – the Government’s business program delivery division – to see if they are eligible to apply for a COMET grant or any of the 30 other assistance programs,” said Anthony Albanese.

For more information on AusIndustry grants, including how to apply, go to www.ausindustry.gov.au or call the hotline on 13 28 46.


 

Oct 24, 2008

Improving outcomes for indigenous students in Marrickville

Improving outcomes for indigenous students in Marrickville

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 24 2008

The Rudd Labor Government is providing $18,000 to Marrickville High School for a program to help ensure the successful transition of indigenous students from primary to secondary school.

Anthony Albanese visited the school today to meet students and teachers involved in the program.

The objective of the school’s Be Proud! Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap Initiative is to improve attendance and increase successful Year 12 completions of indigenous students.

The funding will help engage a local coordinator who will act as a mentor to 35 indigenous students, providing support and encouraging greater involvement and participation in school.

"This initiative involves communities and parents working with the School to address the significant educational disadvantages experienced by indigenous students," said Anthony Albanese.

"This includes improving students’ attendance, literacy and numeracy skills, school retention, Year 12 attainment and school to work transitions."

Funding for this initiative comes from the Federal Government’s Whole of School Intervention Strategy which is made up of Parent School Partnerships and Homework Centres.

The Parent School Partnerships Initiative encourages parents of indigenous students, indigenous communities, schools and other organisation to work together to overcome local barriers to education. Homework Centres provide a supervised after-school environment to encourage indigenous students to complete their homework and study effectively.

"A quality education is a critical foundation for enabling all Australians to participate fully in economic and social opportunities in life," said Anthony Albanese.

For more information about the Whole of School Intervention strategy, including a list of successful projects, go to www.dest.gov.au/sectors/Indigenous_education


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.

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