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Feb 21, 2008

Submissions called for Grocery Prices Inquiry

The Rudd Labor Government recently announced details of two election commitments in relation to grocery and petrol prices.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) National Grocery Prices Inquiry

Anthony Albanese MP is encouraging people to make a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) National Grocery Prices Inquiry.

The Howard Government’s failure to act on 20 Reserve Bank warnings is impacting on prices across Australia.

The Rudd Labor Government wants to know if more can be done to ensure working families have access to a competitive market for basic food items.

“We want to ensure working families are getting a fair deal at the supermarket.”

“There is no question that families are under pressure with food inflation in Australia rising by 43.6% over the last decade compared to 25.1% in the US and 11.6% in the UK.”

“The Rudd Labor Government has instructed the ACCC to take a broad approach to its inquiry and ensure all aspects of the supermarket supply chain are included – from the farm gate to the checkout counter,” Anthony Albanese said.

In undertaking the inquiry, the ACCC will consult widely with retailers, businesses along the supply chain, farmers, consumer groups and other interested parties.

The ACCC is required to report to the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer by 31 July 2008.

The ACCC has released an issues paper on matters relevant to its inquiry into the competitiveness of retail prices for standard groceries.

For more information on how to make a submission or for a copy of the issues paper please go to the ACCC website or call the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502. Submissions close with the ACCC by Tuesday, 11 March 2008.

Petrol Commissioner

Earlier in the week the government also announced Mr Pat Walker as the Rudd Government’s nominee for the new Petrol Commissioner.

The full-time commissioner will predominantly be responsible for overseeing the ACCC’s monitoring of the fuel prices in Australia as well providing an annual report on the ACCC’s findings.

The new commissioner will hit the ground running with a lot of work to be done in response to the ACCC inquiry in the price of unleaded petrol including:

  • undertaking a more detailed examination and on-going monitoring of buy–sell arrangements;
  • completing an audit of terminals suitable for importing refined petrol into Australia, covering terminal capacity, use and leasing and sharing arrangements; and
  • providing on-going monitoring of the use, leasing and sharing of terminals suitable for importing refined petrol into Australia.

The government is continuing to look seriously at the options raised by the ACCC in its recent report on petrol prices, including measures to increase retail price transparency.

“I look forward to seeing the outcome of the work that will be done by the Petrol Commissioner,” said Anthony Albanese.





Feb 14, 2008

Labor Delivering a $1 Billion Digital Education Revolution

Labor Delivering a $1 Billion Digital Education Revolution

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

14 February 2008

Federal Education Minister Julia Gillard, has written to all Australian secondary school principals inviting their participation in the Rudd Government’s $1 billion Digital Education Revolution.

The Digital Education Revolution will dramatically change classroom education by ensuring that all students in years 9 to 12 have access to information and communication technology.

“The Rudd Labor Government believes that every Australian child deserves a world class education,” said Anthony Albanese. “In the twenty-first century, that means access to digital technology.”

The first $100 million of the National Secondary School Computer Fund will be directed to the schools most in need by June 2008.

The Rudd Government will also invest $100 million over four years as a contribution to the provision of high-speed fibre-to-the-premises broadband connections to schools.

To identify the needy schools a preliminary audit is being undertaken by State and Territory Government education departments, the Associations of Independent Schools and the Catholic Education Offices.

The audit will identify the existing number of computers in each school to facilitate the commencement of the application process for the neediest schools in early March, with applications closing in early April 2008.

Applications for the second round will be open to all Australian secondary schools in July 2008.

“I would encourage all inner-west high schools to take part in the audit and to apply for funding when applications open,” said Mr Albanese.

Further information on the Digital Education Revolution, including the National Secondary School Computer Fund, is available at:, interested schools can also contact the office of Anthony Albanese on 9564 3588.





Feb 9, 2008

Membership of the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF)


Chair & Members appointed to Sydney Airport Community Forum

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

9 February 2008

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has today appointed Vic Smith chair of the re-constituted Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF), and invited local mayors, members of parliament as well as industry and community representatives to join and participate in its regular deliberations.

Announcing all 25 members of SACF, Mr Albanese said he had also invited representatives from Sydney Airport Corporation to provide a full briefing to SACF on the proposed safety upgrade to its east-west runway.

“The first meeting of SACF on Friday, 15 February will be a chance for local and community representatives to question the Corporation about the effects of the temporary runway closure,” said Mr Albanese.

“Sydney Airport is vital to the Australian economy and is responsible for many thousands of jobs, not just in Sydney but around Australia.

“But the Airport has a responsibility to be mindful of the impact its operations can and do have on those living and working around it.”

The Sydney Airport Community Forum will:

  • Advise the Commonwealth Transport Minister on noise abatement and related environmental issues;
  • Facilitate consultation with and information flows to the community regarding the airport’s operations; and 
  •  Provide a direct channel for the community to engage with Sydney Airport Corporation and AirServices Australia on the Airport’s noise sharing plan.

Membership of the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF)

Name of Member Position
Vic Smith
Cr Barry Cotter
Maria Patrinos
Kevin Hill
The Hon John Murphy MP
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
The Hon Peter Garrett MP

The Hon Tony Burke MP
The Hon Robert McClelland MP
The Hon Joe Hockey MP
The Hon Maxine McKew MP
The Hon Brendan Nelson MP
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Scott Morrison MP
The Hon Kristina Keneally MP
The Hon Frank Sartor MP
The Hon Carmel Tebbutt MP
Ms Clover Moore MP
Cr Dimitrios Thanos
Cr Ron Hoenig
Cr Carolyn Allen
Russell Balding
Murray Warfield

Warren Bennett

Community Representative
Community Representative
Community Representative
Federal Member for Lowe
Federal Member for Sydney
Federal Member for Kingsford-Smith
Federal Member for Watson
Federal Member for Barton
Federal Member for North Sydney
Federal Member for Bennelong
Federal Member for Bradfield
Federal Member for Wentworth
Federal Member for Cook
State Member for Heffron
State Member for Rockdale
State Member for Marrickville
State Member for Sydney
Lord Mayor of Sydney
Mayor of Marrickville
Mayor of Botany Bay
Mayor of Leichhardt
Sydney Airport Corporation Ltd
Airline Industry
Board of Airline Representatives
In Australia
Jan 29, 2008

Sydney Airports Neighbours get their voice back

Sydney Airports Neighbours get their voice back

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

29 January 2008

The Rudd Labor Government has re-established the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF), honoring its election pledge and restoring the community’s ability to have direct input into decisions about the operation of the Airport.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the residents living around Sydney Airport have a right to be consulted on decisions that will ultimately affect their quality of life.

“Sydney Airport is vital to the economy, supporting thousands of jobs, billions of dollars of Australia exports and is our main gateway to the global markets,” said Mr Albanese.

“But like all of us, the Airport has a responsibility to be a good neighbour, mindful that its day-to-day operations have an impact on the lives of those living around it.”

The first meeting of the reconstituted SACF has been set down for 15 February 2008.

“Our decision to re-establish SACF is timely given Sydney Airport Corporation’s intention to close the east-west runway in order to build a safety area at its western end,” said Mr Albanese.

“The first meeting of the Forum will provide an opportunity for community representatives to question the Corporation about this proposal as well as to scrutinise the airport’s longer term growth plans.”

The Sydney Airport Community Forum will play three key roles:

  • Advise the Commonwealth Transport Minister on noise abatement and related environmental issues;
  • Facilitate consultation with and information flows to the community regarding the airport’s operations; and
  • Provide a direct channel for the community to engage with Sydney Airport Corporation and AirServices Australia   on the Airport’s noise sharing plan.

    The Forum will include twenty-five representatives from the community, local councils, industry as well as State and Federal parliaments.

    “Unlike our predecessors, the Rudd Labor Government is committed to making sure local communities have a strong voice when decisions are made about where to locate and how to manage transport infrastructure,” said Mr Albanese.

    The Sydney Airport Community Forum was first established in 1996 to advise the then Commonwealth Tranpsort Minister on noise abatement and related issues.

  • Jan 8, 2008

    Mental health funding to support youth at risk in Grayndler

    Mental health funding to support youth at risk in Grayndler

    Media Release – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

    Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

    Regional Development and Local Government

    Federal Member for Grayndler

    8 January 2008

    Young people at risk of mental health and drug and alcohol problems in the inner west will benefit from a $920,000 grant aimed at improving awareness, access to and integration of existing services in the community.

    Headspace, Australia’s national youth mental health foundation, is funded by the Australian Government to provide people aged 12 to 25 with better mental health support, as well as help for drug and alcohol problems.

    The agency which has received the grant from Headspace for the inner west/city is the Central Sydney Division of General Practice which is based in Ashfield. They will receive almost $1 million to cover the costs of establishment, and to help better coordinate youth mental health and drug and alcohol support services.

    There is a pressing need for the grant, with as many as one young Australian in four having a mental health problem in any 12-month period. There are also strong links between drug and alcohol abuse and mental health problems.

    Health workers know that early intervention and support are vital for young people in trying to manage mental health problems.

    “This investment will help ensure young people in Grayndler can get the support they need, at a time when they need it,” said Anthony Albanese.

    The program will cover Marrickville, Camperdown, Redfern and Waterloo, with a particular focus on better establishing services in Marrickville.

    “The Rudd Labor Government is committed to investing in health to achieve better outcomes. By getting to problems early, we can help prevent them becoming larger problems in the long term. This investment will help young people in Grayndler who are facing potential mental health issues,” said Anthony Albanese.


    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


    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




    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.

    Contact Anthony

    (02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

    Email: [email protected]

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