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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

Apr 4, 2008

Children and Parks do mix

Children and Parks do Mix

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 4 2008

Anthony Albanese met with Diane Nilon, the Principal of St Michael’s Primary School in Stanmore to discuss Marrickville Council’s proposed changes to the school’s access to Weekley Park and their ban of ball games. Traditionally, the school, which has no grassed area of its own, has had access to Weekley Park for 20 minutes a day at lunchtime.

Mr. Albanese is critical of these proposed restrictions.

“The Inner West is an area of medium to high density housing with many families having no or only small backyards. Parks offer children the opportunity to play in a pleasant outdoor environment.”

“In particular, Weekley Park plays an important part in the school and community life of St Michael’s children. At lunchtime, they can play for 20 minutes in natural surroundings away from the asphalt playground and the park is a meeting place for kids and parents after school.”

“Children from St Michael’s have been playing in this park since the 1920’s and it seems crazy that the Council now wants to place unreasonable restrictions on children’s access to the Park. Playing in the park allows the kids to run around, have fun and keep fit.”

“I think the Council should rethink these changes. Parks are for the community to enjoy and kids are at the heart of our community.”

Apr 4, 2008

Australia 2020 Schools Summits: Grayndler forum

Australia 2020 Schools Summits: Grayndler forum

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

April 4 2008

Anthony Albanese, Federal Member for Grayndler, today held a forum for local schools – public and private, primary and secondary – at Ashfield Boys High, as part of the Australia 2020 Summit process.

The schools in Grayndler that attended the 2020 Schools summit were: Ashfield Boys’ High, Bethlehem College, Canterbury Boys’ High, Canterbury Girls’ High, Canterbury Public School, De La Salle College, Fort Street High, Kegworth Public School, Lewisham Public School, Marrickville High, Marrickville Intensive English Centre, St Colomba’s School Leichhardt North, St Vincent’s Primary, Ashfield, Stanmore Public School , Summer Hill Public School and Sydney Secondary College – all three campuses, Leichhardt, Balmain and Blackwattle.

All Australian primary and secondary schools were encouraged to host their own Schools Summits in the lead up to the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra later this month.

A number of local schools took up the challenge and Mr Albanese invited them to present their ideas to him and to their peers, noting, “It is crucial that we provide opportunities like this for our young people – the citizens of the future.”

“I’m always impressed by the level of interest and commitment that our students show in meeting the challenges of the coming decades. Australia will be in good hands.”

The Schools Summits have offered a unique opportunity for students right around the country to make their views heard on the ten key themes of Australia 2020:

1. Future directions for the Australian economy – including education, skills, training, science and innovation

2. Economic infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities

3. Population, sustainability, climate change and water

4. Future directions for rural industries and rural communities

5. A long-term national health strategy

6. Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion

7. Options for the future of indigenous Australia

8. Towards a creative Australia: the future of the arts, film and design

9. The future of Australian governance

10. Australia’s future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world.

The ideas, issues and questions raised through the Schools Summits will be taken forward to the Youth Summit, and from there to Australia 2020. Eleanor Butcher from Fort St High, who attended today’s Schools Summit, has been chosen as one of the Youth Summit Participants.

Mr Albanese also noted that seven Grayndler residents have been selected to participate in the Australia 2020 summit of Australia’s ‘best and brightest’. Two local residents are also off to the Youth Summit in Canberra.

More information on Australia 2020, the Youth Summit and the Schools Summits is available at

Mar 26, 2008

Earth Hour in Grayndler – Switch on to Switching Off

Last year on March 31 2007, Sydneysiders, both residents and businesses, turned off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, a symbolic gesture which showed the world their commitment to fighting climate change.

Anthony Albanese is backing Earth Hour 2008 and has signed himself and his Marrickville office up to the campaign.

“Earth Hour is an excellent way for the community to show their support for such an important issue. And it’s more than just a symbolic gesture; the WWF estimated that there was a 10.2 % energy reduction in Sydney as a result of the community switching off their lights for Earth Hour last year.

Hopefully, Earth Hour will help people realise that everyone can make a difference. In the short term, by participating on March 29, and in the long term by cutting emissions through simple steps like businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, and households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

This year it is exciting to see that 24 cities around the world will be participating. Sydney has shown the world that small steps can make a big impact.

I encourage my electorate of Grayndler to switch on to switching off. Turn your lights off at 8pm Saturday 29 March. Light a candle and help cut emissions.”

To sign up to Earth Hour visit

For futher information on Australian Government programs visit

Mar 14, 2008

Labor makes it easier to switch banks

Local families unhappy with their current bank will be able to vote with their feet more easily, after moves announced by the Rudd Labor Government.

Anthony Albanese said he welcomed the announcement because local families were battling to pay off mortgages.

“Families in the Grayndler area have already copped twelve straight interest rates rises and were left with the highest inflation in 16 years by the Liberals”.

“The Rudd Labor Government is tackling the inflation legacy with our Five Point Plan, but unfortunately inflation took a long time to build and will take a long time to turn around.”

According to the ABS, average monthly housing repayments in Grayndler are $650 higher than the Australian average and there are 15,000 homes in the area under some form of mortgage.

“That’s why it’s important local families aren’t handcuffed to their bank by the numerous barriers to switching banks. These barriers often prove such a hassle families just give up in frustration.”

“The Rudd Labor Government understands the pressures on families and is committed to making the banking system work for Australian families and not against them,” said Anthony Albanese.

The four-pronged package of initiatives to make switching banks easier includes:

  • A listing and switching service requiring banks to give their customers accurate information on all direct debits and credits to take to a new bank for easier transferral, if they switch. Banks will also be required to assist new customers to re-establish their direct debits and credits;
  • One single consumer complaints hotline 1300 300 630 providing a first contact point for all consumer complaints about basic banking products – to be provided and maintained by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;
  • Comprehensive consumer education resources, including a detailed and informative web site providing advice on how to switch, and the costs and benefits of doing so, through the site; and
  •  An ASIC-led industry review of entry and exit fees that apply to mortgage accounts, shining a light on fees, putting downward pressure on them, and providing better information to consumers to inform their switching decisions.

“Strong competition in the financial services sector is critical to ensuring local families get the best deal possible from their banks or financial institutions,” said Anthony Albanese.

Implementation will begin immediately, and all aspects of the switching package will be finalised by November 2008. The measures will apply to banks, building societies and credit unions.

Mar 7, 2008

Teen Dental Plan will have positive impact in Grayndler

Teen Dental Plan will have positive impact in Grayndler

MEDIA RELEASE – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

7 March 2008

Anthony Albanese MP today announced the benefits local families would receive from the Rudd Labor Government’s Teen Dental Plan.

The Rudd Labor Government’s Teen Dental Plan will assist over one million Australian teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 with dental costs.

By establishing a Teen Dental Plan to help working families fix their kid’s teeth the Rudd Labor Government is honouring another major election commitment.

Under the Teen Dental Plan, eligible families will be able to claim up to $150 towards the cost of an annual dental preventative check for each of their teenage children.

The cost of a comprehensive dental check up – comprising oral examination, clean, scale, and x-ray – is around $290.

Anthony Albanese said this investment in teenage oral health will be welcomed by families in Grayndler.

“With statistics showing that as many as one in three Australian’s avoid attending a dentist because of cost, this funding will provide a welcome relief for working families struggling to cover the cost of visiting a dentist.”

“Most primary school children receive school dental services; however, these services are not as widely available to teenagers. This program will directly target teenagers and encourage young adults to continue to look after their teeth once they move out of home.”

“Regularly going to see the dentist at a young age can help avoid more expensive dental procedures later on in life,” said Anthony Albanese.

Under the Rudd Government’s Teen Dental Plan, over one million 12-17 year old teenagers in families eligible for Family Tax Benefit A or in receipt of Abstudy or Youth Allowance will be eligible.

Families would receive a voucher advising them of their eligibility for a Dental rebate of up to $150 per year for a preventative dental check. The Rudd Government’s Teen Dental Plan will be implemented from 1 July 2008.

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.

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