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Oct 28, 2007

Labor’s $3 million boost to Leichhardt Oval

Labor’s $3 million boost to Leichhardt Oval


Anthony Albanese MP

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water

Member for Grayndler

Tanya Plibersek MP

Member for Sydney

John Murphy MP

Member for Lowe

Maxine McKew

Labor Candidate for Bennelong

28 October 2007

To mark the centenary of the Balmain Tigers and of Rugby League’s first game in 1908, a Rudd Labor Government will invest $3 million to assist in upgrading Leichhardt Oval, one of Australia’s most historically significant football grounds.

Approximately 100,000 people make use of Leichhardt Oval each year.

Leichhardt Oval is a national icon of rugby league and is the home ground known to many of Australia’s rugby league greats such as Keith Barnes, Paul Sironen, Benny Elias, Wayne Pearce, Steve Roach and Garry Jack.

Despite its iconic status, Leichhardt Oval has suffered from years of neglect.

Labor’s $3 million investment will go a long way towards ensuring essential works can be done on the basic infrastructure of the ground, including:

  • increased seating; 
  • ground resurfacing and drainage; 
  • improved public amenities and catering facilities; and 
  • development of corporate and media facilities.

The improvements to the Oval will allow it to be used by a range of community as well as sporting groups.

The upgrade is essential for Wests Tigers to continue to play games at Leichhardt Oval. The much needed upgrade means that Wests Tigers will be able to extend the number of home games at Leichhardt Oval above the 3 currently played each year.

“This is a significant multi-purpose upgrade to Leichhardt Oval,” said Maxine McKew.

“I congratulate the Balmain Tigers Rugby League Football Club for all the hard work it has done to secure a vibrant future for the Club in Bennelong.”

“The Balmain Junior League has experienced unprecedented growth over the last 3 years. Also, 50 per cent of all official registrations at the Club come from the electorate of Bennelong,”

“I’m delighted to be able to help the club grow so that the Balmain Tigers Football Club can continue to produce rugby league greats from Rugby League nurseries such as Holy Cross Rhinos, North Ryde Hawks, Dundas Shamrocks and Carlingford Cougars”.

“The future of the oval will be secured only if a commercially viable football ground can be reinstated, capable of housing a range of community and sporting groups. After years of neglect, it is clear only Federal Labor is willing to make that commitment,” said Anthony Albanese.

“Leichhardt Oval offers an affordable and accessible option for a wide range of users. Labor’s support is an appropriate way for us to commemorate Balmain’s Centenary and to recognise the important role that Balmain and Wests Tigers have played in providing a focus for the local community.”

Federal Labor’s significant investment will enable the renovation to proceed.

The NSW State Government and Leichhardt Municipal Council have already offered financial support for the upgrade program for Leichhardt Oval.

Sep 18, 2007

Federal Labor announces establishment of Commonwealth Dental Health Program

Federal Labor announces establishment of Commonwealth Dental Health Program


18 September 2007

Today, Federal Labor Leader Kevin Rudd and Shadow Minister for Health Nicola Roxon announced the first instalment of Labor’s Commonwealth Dental Health Program.

The Program will fund up to one million additional dental consultations for Australians needing dental treatment.

I am frequently contacted by people in my electorate who are suffering because they can’t afford dental care. You shouldn’t have to choose between paying bills and going to the dentist, but that is the painful reality for many in Grayndler, who are already struggling to cope with the rising costs of living.

Federal Labor’s plan is the first part of a strong response to the dental crisis.

Over the past 11 years, the Howard Government has withdrawn $1.1 billion in dental services. The 2007 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals the extent of the problem:

  • 30% of Australians reported avoiding dental care due to cost; 
  • 20.6% said that cost had prevented them from having recommended dental treatment; and 
  • 18.2% reported that they would have a lot of difficulty paying a $100 dental bill.

Only the election of a Rudd Labor Government will bring relief to the some 650,000 Australians on public dental waiting lists around the country.


Aug 16, 2007

Hui meeting

Hui meeting


16 August 2007

Unfortunately, there have been many victims of the Hui run through Van’s Fashion Shop on Illawarra Rd, Marrickville. The collapse of this scheme has caused much distress to families in the Vietnamese community.

For this reason, I have organised a public meeting for people who lost money through the scheme.

The meeting, which will be attended by myself, the Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt, and representatives from Marrickville Police, will be an opportunity for members of the Vietnamese community to raise any questions with the appropriate authorities, and for the Police to update the community on their ongoing investigations.

Details of the meeting are as follows:


Herb Greedy Hall

79 Petersham Rd


Date: Thursday 23 August 2007

Time: 5.00pm

I hope this meeting can help address some of the issues that this incident has raised in recent months.


Aug 8, 2007

Interest rate rise a further blow to mortgagees in Grayndler

Fifth interest rate rise since the last election a further blow to mortgagees in Grayndler


8 August 2007

Today’s interest rate rise is the fifth since the last election, when the Coalition promised to keep interest rates at record lows.

Interest rates have now risen nine times in a row.

John Howard has lost touch with the financial pressures on households. Official data shows households are carrying three times the level of debt they did almost 20 years ago, and with three times the debt, rate rises have three times the impact.

Today’s rise will particularly hit mortgagees in Grayndler. Recently released 2006 Census data shows that 30.9% of households in Grayndler are now paying more than 30% of their gross income in mortgage repayments. Today’s interest rate rise will not only add to the burden of those already struggling, but will push even more people into this category.

Labor has outlined a detailed plan to keep downward pressure on interest rates, by implementing economic reforms that will reduce inflationary pressures in the economy through investing in skills and essential infrastructure.

A Rudd Labor Government will also establish a new Housing Affordability Fund to invest up to $500 million to save new homebuyers up to $20,000 on a home purchase – and boost supply.

A Rudd Labor Government will respond to the financial pressures on families, not simply tell them that they’ve never been better off.


Aug 8, 2007

Yellow Express Post Box for Ashfield Mall

I support the Ashfield business community’s request to Australia Post for a Yellow Express Post Box outside Ashfield Mall.

Currently the only Yellow Express Post Box is inside the Post Office in Ashfield Mall, and cannot be accessed after 5.00pm, causing inconvenience and frustration particularly to the local business community.

Installing an Express Post Box beside the regular red mail boxes on Liverpool Rd outside the Mall would enable everyone to use the Express Post mail service until 6.00pm on business days.

Ashfield Mall is a busy shopping precinct with a large number of businesses, so an Express Post Box would be highly utilised.

I am advised there is a waiting list for the Express Post Boxes, and that is why I have written to the Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan, requesting that Australia Post make Ashfield a priority.

The businesses in the Ashfield area are an integral part of the Inner West and Sydney’s economy and need to be supported by adequate postal infrastructure.


Aug 1, 2007

Sydney families rocked by 10 child care rises since 2004 election: Costs up 36%

Sydney families rocked by 10 child care rises since 2004 election: Costs up 36%

Federal Labor plan to address costs


1 August 2007

Sydney families have been rocked by 10 child care cost rises since the last election, adding up to a whopping 36 percent hike in costs in the last three years.

Federal Labor is calling on the Prime Minister to outline his plan to tackle the 36 percent hike in child care costs slapped on Sydney families since the last election.

New analysis of the June 2007 Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index shows that Sydney families faced a massive 13 percent increase in child care costs in the last year alone (June 2006-07).

Child care chart

Federal Labor is determined to help reduce child care costs and increase the supply and quality of child care, if we’re elected to government.

Federal Labor will establish an Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet to work with State Governments and child care providers and publish:

• local Sydney child care fees;

• child care vacancy data;

• breaches of child care quality standards; and

• parental reviews of child care.

“It is clear that John Howard has lost touch with working families, like those struggling to afford child care in my electorate of Grayndler”, said Mr Albanese.

“The Howard Government has failed to help families who are now under financial pressure from rising child care costs, mortgage repayments, grocery bills, and petrol prices”.

Despite these financial pressures John Howard recently claimed that working families “have never been better off”.

“Families deserve better than being told by a stale Federal Government that they’ve never been better off, and there is no child care crisis”.

“Families may well be earning more than they did a few years ago, but they know they are saving less and things feel tougher”, said Mr Albanese.

Federal Labor has already announced we will:

• Invest $450 million to give every Australian four-year old the right to fifteen hours of high quality preschool every week, delivered by a qualified teacher; and,

• Build up to 260 new child care centres, particularly in areas of real need and on primary school grounds where possible.

Source: ABS Consumer Price Index June 2007 Report

****ABS calculates its child care CPI after the Government’s Child Care Benefit is taken into account, and before the child care tax rebate.

NOTE: Sydney child care CPI fell during one quarter in the last 3 years – from 188.3 points in June 2005 to 186.5 points in September 2005. However, it increased in the subsequent December 2005 quarter to 188.7 points.

Jun 26, 2007

Labor Welcomes HREOC Report into Same-Sex Entitlements

Labor Welcomes HREOC Report into Same-Sex Entitlements


26 June 2007

I welcome the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s report, "Same-Sex: Same Entitlements".

The report is the culmination of 14 months of hard work, and highlights the gaping holes in federal legislation and work related entitlements that still allow discrimination against same-sex couples.

I have drawn attention to this issue since I entered Parliament, yet the Federal Government has refused to take action for more than a decade.

Same sex couples in Australia are still denied access to the basic entitlements under federal law that are afforded to heterosexual couples, such as tax concessions, superannuation, death benefits, workers’ compensation and veterans’ entitlements.

The States and Territories have already removed this discrimination for financial and work related entitlements. Action by the Federal Government is long overdue.

Labor has a long-standing commitment to remove discrimination against same-sex couples from Federal legislation. It will take a change in government for this to happen.


Jun 15, 2007

Volunteering and fostering community participation

Volunteering and fostering community participation


15 June 2007

I would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend an open forum, Volunteering and fostering community participation, hosted by Marrickville Central ALP Branch.

The forum will be addressed by Linda Burney MP, State Member for Canterbury and National Vice President of the Australian Labor Party.

Linda is the newly appointed Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Youth and Minister for Volunteering, and is the first Aboriginal Minister in the NSW Parliament.

She will discuss volunteering and other issues that are vital to achieving a strong, supportive and united community.

Details of the forum are as follows:

Date: Monday, 25 June 2007

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Herb Greedy Hall, Petersham Road, Marrickville

Limited parking is available on Petersham Road, and there is wheelchair access from the back of the hall. For further information, please contact 9564 3588.

May 31, 2007

Federal Labor prepared to tackle climate change

Federal Labor prepared to tackle climate change


31 May 2007

Federal Labor continues to step up to the challenge of tackling dangerous climate, while the Howard Government prepares to step up its advertising campaign and to steer Australia down the nuclear path.

Australia used to be a world leader in solar thermal power demonstration and research, and Federal Labor wants to see us return to that position by 2010.

To that end, a Rudd Labor Government will provide $50 million to establish the Australian Solar Institute, to deliver a global solar energy hub that will develop and demonstrate solar thermal technologies and advanced solar technologies

Federal Labor will also invest in other renewable energy sources, providing up to $50 million to assist companies seeking to develop geothermal energy, or “hot rock technology”.

A Rudd Labor Government will lead by example by:

  • setting an objective to power Parliament House and all MP electorate offices with renewable and clean energy
  • increasing current requirements for new Commonwealth office buildings and leases to have a minimum five star Australian Building greenhouse ratings (or equivalent) 
  • ensuring that all appliances and equipment (such as computers, fridges and lighting) are the most efficient and cost effective available.

Labor offers real solutions to tackling dangerous climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, while the Howard Government just offers an advertising campaign and a dangerous nuclear fantasy.

May 28, 2007

Enrol to Vote week

Enrol to Vote week


28 May 2007

Enrol to Vote week highlights the importance of making sure everyone, particularly first time voters, have their details correctly recorded with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

A variety of high schools in the electorate have registered, and I encourage everyone, particularly eligible high school students who are or will be of voting age, to register to vote and to ensure they are correctly enrolled.

According to the AEC, around half of all 18 year olds are not enrolled to vote and most 17 year olds are unaware that they can enrol so that they are ready to vote in elections when they turn 18.

With the closing of the electoral roll on the day the writs are issued, thousands of Australians may be unable to get on the electoral roll at the next election unless they have registered early and have ensured their details are up to date. Young first time voters are particularly at risk of disenfranchisement.

It is disturbing that with only months until an election, the electoral roll is well below where it needs to be. At Senate Estimates last week, representatives of the AEC admitted that once identified objections were processed and removed, the electoral roll would slump to around 13,250,000.

This is significantly short of the AEC’s stated target of 13.4 million. 150,000 is almost two full federal electorates.

If our electoral roll is not properly maintained, our democracy is undermined.

For further information on Enrol to Vote week, visit or for information on updating your enrolment, call 13 23 26 or visit

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

Email: [email protected]

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