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Dec 7, 2007

Albanese welcomes Australia’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

On 3 December, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. This was the first official act of the new Australian Government.

I welcome this clear demonstration of Labor’s commitment to facing up to the challenges of climate change and water. They are the greatest challenges of this century.

The Federal Government is committed to doing everything in its power to help Australia meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations. With the leadership of Kevin Rudd, Australia will now:

  • set a target to reduce emissions by 60% on 2000 levels by 2050 
  • establish a national emissions trading scheme by 2010 
  • set a 20% target for renewable energy by 2020 to dramatically expand the use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

I have campaigned long and hard for Australia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, including introducing a Private Members Bill into Parliament.

After more than eleven years of climate change denial under John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Labor are making Australia part of the global climate change solution.

 

Nov 19, 2007

Labor will insulate Fort Street High from aircraft noise

Labor will insulate Fort Street High from aircraft noise

Martin Ferguson AM MP

Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads and Tourism

Anthony Albanese

Labor Member for Grayndler

19 November 2007

A Rudd Labor Government will fully insulate Fort Street High School from aircraft noise so students can finally study in peace.

Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese joined Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads and Tourism Martin Ferguson at Fort Street High School today to announce Labor’s commitment.

Mr Albanese took Mr Ferguson on a tour of the school and introduced him to students who have been writing letters to John Howard about the impact of aircraft noise on their education – without success.

“The Howard Government has ignored the issue of aircraft noise for eleven long years – and it’s the education of kids at this school that has suffered,” Mr Albanese said.

“Insulating Fort Street from aircraft noise is a simple measure, but it will drastically improve the learning and lives of thousands of students now and into the future.”

“Federal Labor has a long-standing commitment to insulate Fort Street from aircraft noise. The truth is, this should have been done by now,” Mr Albanese said.

Fort Street sits just outside the formal noise insulation boundary, but the school is heavily impacted by the scheduling system which maximises flights over the area during the day. Many residents are at work at this time, so the impact on locals is reduced – but this is precisely when students are studying hard at school.

“A quiet classroom is a better place to learn,” Mr Albanese said.

“Labor cares about the education of young people in Grayndler. We will do anything and everything we can to make sure our kids have the best education possible to give them the best chance of success later in life.

Mr Ferguson said a Rudd Labor government would allocate up to $3 million to fully insulate the school.

“$3 million is a significant commitment, but it’s absolutely worth it to ensure that local children can learn without the roar of aircraft noise overpowering teachers in the classroom.

“While the Prime Minister has refused the requests of Fort Street students and Principal Ros Moxham, we are here to say Labor is listening – and will invest $3 million for the insulation students need and deserve,” Mr Ferguson said.

Below: Anthony and Martin with students of Fort Street High School at the announcement.

Nov 18, 2007

Federal Labor plan to improve the quality of the Cooks River

Federal Labor plan to improve the quality of the Cooks River

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Anthony Albanese MP

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water

Labor Member for Grayndler

Tony Burke MP

Labor Member for Watson

Robert McClelland MP

Labor Member for Barton

John Murphy MP

Labor Member for Lowe

18 November 2007

A Rudd Labor Government will invest $2 million to help manage stormwater, reduce river pollution and improve water quality in Sydney’s Cooks River.

The Cooks River has suffered from more than a century of industrial pollution and neglect.

Stormwater runoff has a detrimental effect upon the Cooks River, its tributaries, and areas of remnant bushland within the Cook River catchment.

Development in the Cooks River catchment meant many of its former wetland areas were filled and destroyed, removing the natural filtering systems that reduce nutrient loads, improve water quality, breakdown pollutants and provide shelter for smaller organisms that are important in the food chain.

To improve the water quality and ecology of the river it is important that as many of these systems as possible are returned or remediated.

In recent times, community-based action, supported by state and local governments has lead to a marked improvement in the health of the river.

Federal Labor’s $2 million investment will ensure the Commonwealth Government contributes to the outstanding work being done by local residents in the remediation of this important river system that flows through one of the most densely urbanised communities in Australia.

The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority will administer the project over two years and will co-ordinate community participation. The project includes:

  • $1 million to reduce the impacts of urban stormwater run off in priority areas of the Cooks River and Wolli Creek corridor

Works will include the installation of Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices to improve the water quality and reduce litter, weeds and sediment in the river. Hot spots that have been identified for work include Wolli Creek Regional Park and Muddy Creek.

  • $1 million for wetland remediation works in the Cooks River to improve water quality, reduce nutrients and increase fish stocks

Project locations include Gough Whitlam Park, Cup and Saucer Creek, Marsh Street Wetland and Eve Street Wetland.

Federal Labor will fund this investment in the Cooks River from Federal Labor’s National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities, under which a Rudd Labor Government work in partnership with government and local water authorities to invest in modern, more efficient water infrastructure and refurbish water systems.

Below: Map of the Cooks River Catchment 

Below: Robert McClelland, Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke discuss the announcement by the Cooks River

Nov 15, 2007

A child care centre for Grayndler under a Rudd Labor Government

Jenny Macklin & Anthony Albanese announce a child care centre for Grayndler under a Rudd Labor Government

Media Release

Jenny Macklin MP

Shadow Minister for Families and Community Services

Federal Member for Jagajaga

Anthony Albanese MP

Federal Labor Member for Grayndler

15 November 2007

A Rudd Labor Government will build a brand new child care centre in Sydney’s Inner West to help address the chronic shortage of child care places facing local families.

Jenny Macklin and Anthony Albanese made the announcement today.

The Howard Government’s own Child Care ‘Hot Spots’ list identifies areas in the Inner West as being in urgent need of more child care places.

Mr Albanese said despite the urgent need, the Howard Government had continually ignored the plight of local families who desperately need additional child care.

“Families in the inner west are acutely aware of the difficulties in finding affordable, accessible child care.”

“Parents, especially mums, are finding it really tough to find a child care place, making it difficult for them to return to work or extend their working hours if they choose to,” Mr Albanese said today.

Ms Macklin said that Federal Labor was committed to building up to 260 child care centres around Australia in areas of real need – an investment of over $200 million.

“We will place these centres on primary school grounds or community grounds where possible as part of Labor’s new approach to child care and early childhood education,” Ms Macklin said.

Ms Macklin said that Federal Labor will also provide universal preschool for all Australian four-year olds, an annual investment of $450 million when fully implemented.

Labor will work with the NSW State Government and the community to find a suitable location for the centre.

Ms Macklin said that Labor wanted to make sure that local families had access to affordable and high quality care.

Federal Labor’s Affordable Child Care Plan will:

  • Increase the Child Care Tax Rebate to 50 per cent – covering up to $7,500 a year of out-of-pocket costs for each child in child care in NSW.
  • Pay the 50% Child Care Tax Rebate quarterly – with the goal, subject to the development of delivery mechanisms, of paying the rebate to parents every fortnight.

Ms Macklin said that the Howard Government had done nothing to address spiralling child care costs and done little to address the serious shortage of child care places across the country.

“The local shortage of child care places is driving up costs for local families,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Howard Government has denied that there is a child care crisis, instead blaming parents for being too choosy,” Ms Macklin said.

“And yet days out from an election Mr Howard has announced that he will fund a handful of new centres across Australia – demonstrating that he will say and do anything to win the election.”

In addition, Federal Labor will:

  • Provide parents with helpful information about local child care centres such as vacancies, fees and quality status so parents are better informed;
  • Ensure child care services provide parents with notice about proposed fee increases;
  • Implement tough national child care quality standards including a quality improvement system that assesses child care services from A to E and regular unannounced spot checks;
  • Invest $73.5 million in incentives and opportunities to improve the qualifications of child care workers to ensure our children receive expert early learning and care.

“The Howard Government has refused to match Labor’s plans to make child care more affordable and accessible – demonstrating just how out of touch they are with working families,” Ms Macklin said.

Federal Labor understands the pressures facing local families and we will continue to work hard to help them make ends meet.

Nov 15, 2007

Labor welcomes end of Tristar dispute

Labor welcomes end of Tristar dispute

MEDIA RELEASE

ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

FEDERAL LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

15 November 2007

Labor welcomes the end of the Tristar dispute.

After more than 18 months of uncertainty, the remaining three workers at the factory were made redundant yesterday.

These workers have endured 18 months of anxiety and uncertainty, of turning up to work each and every day and clocking on without anything to do. The human tragedy that has unfolded over these 18 months, and the long term toll this dispute has taken on the workers and their families, cannot be underestimated.

This outcome has been achieved because the workers at Tristar have stuck together. It has also been achieved thanks to the strong representation from their Union.

I pay tribute to all these workers, and to the AMWU and other unions who have consistently advocated on their behalf.

The Tristar dispute has highlighted how out of touch the Howard Government is when it comes to the notion of a fair go.

I first raised the Tristar dispute in Parliament on 9 August 2006, and raised it a further six times in Parliament over the course of these 18 months.

On 10 August 2006, I asked the Prime Minister for assistance to ensure the Tristar workers’ redundancy entitlements were protected. The Government’s response was to dismiss the workers’ concerns and to ramp up their anti union rhetoric.

The Tristar workers then came to Canberra by bus, and the Prime Minister refused to meet with them.

Joe Hockey cannot rewrite history. The Howard Government failed the Tristar workers, and its extreme WorkChoices laws have encouraged unscrupulous employers such as the employer at Tristar, to do what they pleased.

Only a Rudd Labor Government will restore balance in the workplace.

Labor will abolish WorkChoices and have an industrial relations system based on fairness and flexibility, protecting wages and conditions like overtime, penalty rates and holiday pay.

Only Labor can defeat John Howard.

Nov 13, 2007

Community BBQ and Kevin07 Bike Ride

Community BBQ and Kevin07 Bike Ride

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

FEDERAL LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

13 November 2007

This Sunday, local community members will gather at the Community BBQ and Kevin07 Bike Ride by the Cooks River.

The Kevin07 Bike Ride will proceed along the bike path beside the Cooks River, and is a family friendly event.

Significant improvement has been made to the Cooks River in recent years, but there has been no Commonwealth support.

Labor is committed to improvements in our local environment to improve the quality of life for residents around the river.

Details of the BBQ and Kevin 07 Bike Ride are as follows:

Date: Sunday, 18 November 2007

Time: From 12.30pm

Location: Steel Park, Illawarra Rd Marrickville

The inner west is a vibrant area which celebrates its diversity. The BBQ and Bike Ride is an opportunity for community members to come together in advance of the federal election on 24 November, when voters will have the opportunity to elect a Labor Government that is committed to providing leadership in promoting the Australian values of a fair go, respect, and tolerance in our community.

The bike ride will be seen off by Fr Dave Smith, and participants will make a voluntary contribution to the Youth Centre at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill.

 

Nov 10, 2007

Addressing the Inner West Child Care crisis

Addressing the Inner West Child Care crisis

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

FEDERAL LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

10 November 2007

Anthony Albanese today attended the opening of the Early Achievers Child Care Centre, 213 Elswick Street, Leichhardt, and highlighted Federal Labor’s plans to help families in the inner west by tackling the child care crisis.

Parents in the inner west are struggling to meet spiralling child care costs.

The Howard Government says there is no child care crisis, but working families in Grayndler are acutely aware of the difficulties in finding affordable, accessible child care.

Providing Australian children with affordable, high quality child care will be a key priority of a Rudd Labor Government.

Labor has a comprehensive plan to address the child care crisis and help families in the inner west, which includes:

  • Increasing the Child Care Tax Rebate to 50 per cent – covering up to $7,500 a year of out-of-pocket costs for each child in child care;
  • Paying the 50% Child Care Tax Rebate quarterly – so parents no longer have to wait one or two years to receive their money;
  • Investing $73.5 million in incentives and opportunities to improve the qualifications of child care workers to ensure our children receive expert early learning and care;
  • Implementing tough national child care quality standards, including a quality improvement system that assesses child care services from A to E, and regular unannounced spot checks;
  • Investing $450 million in preschool for four-year olds, with 15 hours a week for forty weeks a year of fun, play-based learning delivered by a qualified teacher.

Families in the inner west will benefit from Labor’s child care plan.

Only Labor has a plan to fix the child care crisis.

Below: Anthony at the opening of the Early Achievers Child Care Centre

Nov 9, 2007

More homes for homeless Australians will make a difference in the Inner West

More homes for homeless Australians will make a difference in the Inner West

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

9 November 2007

Today, Anthony Albanese visited the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant at the Exodus Foundation in Ashfield to talk about the local implications of A Place to Call Home, Federal Labor’s five year plan to build more homes for homeless Australians.

A Rudd Labor Government will invest $150 million over five years to establish up to 600 new houses and units across the country for families and individuals who are homeless.

Federal Labor’s aim is to halve the number of homeless people turned away from shelters each year within five years, and to close the gap within a decade.

The inner west of Sydney has one of the highest rates of homelessness in Australia, with many refuges assisting individuals and families on a daily basis.

The extraordinary work done by Bill Crews and the Exodus Foundation highlights what is a hidden tragedy for many.

At a time when many Australians are achieving economic prosperity, the fact is that many Australians are being left behind.

My view is that Governments should be judged by how they treat the most vulnerable in society, and I am proud that a Rudd Labor Government will pursue its compassionate policies, which will make a real difference to the lives of many.

100,000 Australians find themselves homeless on any night. Of these, nearly half are under 24 years of age and 10,000 are children aged twelve or younger.

Services funded to assist the homeless do their best, accommodating more than 12,000 at any one time in around 7,500 shelters, units and houses; however, this is not enough to meet demand.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said in 2005-06 there were 3,383 requests for emergency accommodation (4.4 per cent of the total requests for emergency accommodation) that could not be met.

Federal Labor’s plan will help ease the pressure on these people, and will help community organisations, such as Exodus who do such a wonderful job.

Below: Anthony helps Rev Bill Crews serve lunch at the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant.

Oct 30, 2007

Federal Labor’s 20% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target

Federal Labor’s 20% BY 2020 Renewable Energy Target

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND WATER

MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS

FEDERAL LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

30 October 2007

A Rudd Labor Government will set a 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target for Australia to reach by 2020.

A 20 per cent target is the equivalent of powering Australia’s 7.5 million homes for a year.

In a major step to tackle climate change, a Rudd Labor Government will significantly expand the use of solar, wind and geothermal energy.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity is one of the central challenges in tackling climate change.

Federal Labor’s 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target will ensure that the equivalent of at least 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply is generated from renewable sources by 2020.

To achieve this, Federal Labor will increase the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target from 30,000 to 45,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year.

Federal Labor’s 20 per cent Renewable Energy Target by 2020 will reduce emissions between 2010 and 2030 by 342 million tonnes.

After 11 years under the Howard Government, renewable energy contributes less to Australia’s electricity supply (9.5 per cent) than it did in 1997 (10.5 per cent).

The Howard Government’s consistent refusal to support the industry with policies that encourage clean energy sources, has led to many Australian companies moving off-shore to find opportunities to grow and to sell their locally developed technologies.

Federal Labor’s renewable energy target is part of our comprehensive approach to tackling climate change, which includes:

  • Immediately ratifying the Kyoto Protocol;
  • Introducing practical measures to improve household energy efficiency including generous rebates for solar power systems and solar hot water and low interest loans for Australian families to undertake practical water and energy efficiency measures in their homes;
  • Establishing an emissions trading scheme by 2010 to put a price on carbon and cut emissions;
  • Establishing a $50 million Australian Solar Institute and a $50 million geothermal initiative.
Oct 28, 2007

Maxine McKew launches Anthony Albanese Campaign

Maxine McKew launches Anthony Albanese Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE

Anthony Albanese MP

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water

Federal Labor Member for Grayndler

28 October 2007

Today, Maxine McKew, Labor Candidate for Bennelong, officially launched Anthony Albanese’s election campaign at Martini Bar and Restaurant, Norton Street, Leichhardt.

Ms McKew was warmly welcomed by Labor supporters from all over the electorate of Grayndler.

Ms McKew said, “There is a real mood for change. This election is about a Rudd Labor team with fresh ideas defeating a Howard Government that has lost touch.”

“I am taking on the Prime Minister in Bennelong to win the seat for Labor, and to help deliver a Rudd Labor Government.”

Anthony Albanese said, “It has been my privilege to represent this electorate for eleven and a half years. It is unfortunate that that entire time has been under a Howard Government which has sought to divide Australians, rather than show leadership at the national level.”

“I believe I have worked hard on local issues and on issues of concern to the nation. Labor has plans on climate change and water, on investing in education and skills, and on promoting the values of respect and tolerance.”

“Labor’s announcement today of $3 million to upgrade Leichhardt Oval will benefit current and future generations of young people in our area, as well as ensuring that Wests Tigers can continue to play home games at the Oval.”

“Only Labor can defeat John Howard, and only Labor has real solutions to the environmental, economic and social challenges which face local residents and Australia.”

“Issues of housing affordability, cost of living pressures and access to educational opportunities are acutely felt in Grayndler."

"I look forward to playing a role in a Rudd Labor Government.”

Mr Albanese thanked the ALP members and supporters who were campaigning for his re-election, and stated that he was “proud that someone of Maxine’s intellect and integrity was prepared to put herself forward as a Labor Candidate in a tough marginal seat against the Prime Minister.”

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

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

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