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May 11, 2007

Labor announces trades training centres and water security for towns & cities

Federal Labor announces trades training centres and water security for towns and cities

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

11 May 2007

Last night, Kevin Rudd announced Federal Labor’s 10-year, $2.5 billion Trades Training Centres in Schools Plan – a groundbreaking initiative which will see new trade centres built in all high schools in our local area to provide real career paths to trades and apprenticeships.

Labor will give hard working students at schools in our local area the best possible opportunity to develop skills to set them up for the future.

In his Budget Reply speech, Kevin Rudd last night also announced Federal Labor will create a $250 million National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities to secure water supplies by repairing water pipes and reducing leaks, wastage and evaporation.

Labor’s plan will help secure domestic and industrial water use in our local area by stopping the wastage of water as it makes its way to the tap.

Ten per cent, or more than 155,000 megalitres, is lost from urban water systems in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth alone each year. This is the equivalent of 77,500 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Up to 30 per cent of water in water mains can be lost through leaks and burst pipes, and a small leak can waste more than 500,000 litres of water in just 12 months.

Under the National Water Security Plan for Towns and Cities, a Federal Labor Government will invest $250 million and work with local water authorities to minimise water loss and invest in modern, more efficient water infrastructure and – where appropriate – refurbish older pipes and water systems.

It follows on from Labor’s plan to offer loans of up to $10,000 to help local homes become more energy and water efficient.

Labor offers a strong alternative plan for Australia’s future.

 

May 8, 2007

Federal Budget Fails the Future Test

Federal Budget Fails the Future Test

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

8 May 2007

Anthony Albanese, Federal Labor Member for Grayndler, tonight welcomed tax cuts for working families and carers, but warned that this year’s Federal Budget fails to address the long-term challenges facing Australia.

“I welcome the inclusion of individuals and families in Grayndler in tonight’s Budget. Local families deserve to share in the profits from the mining boom, which added $55 billion to the Australian economy last year alone.”

“However, the 2007 Federal Budget is an election year budget which fails the future test.”

“It fails to address the challenges that will face Australian families beyond the prosperity of the mining boom of:

  • improving our third world broadband network
  • investing in an education revolution;
  • reviving our flagging productivity; and
  • implementing measures to address climate change.

In contrast, a Federal Rudd Labor Government is committed to:

  • investing $4.7 billion to create a National Broadband Network – providing 98% of Australian families and small business with high-speed internet access up to 40 times faster than is currently available; 

  • an Education Revolution that will include: 
    • $450 million to provide four year olds with 15 hours a week of high quality early childhood education; 
    • $111 million to encourage students to study maths and science at university and use their degrees within the maths and sciences professions, particularly, teaching; and 
    • investment of $62.5 million on a pilot program to fund the construction of shared facilities between government and non-government schools.

  • 11 practical measures to tackle climate change, including: 
    •  ratifying the Kyoto Protocol; 
    • cutting Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2050; 
    • setting up a $500 million Green Car Innovation Fund; and 
    • offering loans of up to $10,000 to help homes become more energy and water efficient.”
May 2, 2007

Albanese preselected for Grayndler

It is an honour to have been preselected unopposed to contest the seat of Grayndler as the Labor candidate at the next federal election.

I look forward to presenting a strong progressive voice for our diverse multicultural community, and I welcome the challenge of defeating John Howard at the next election.

A Rudd Labor Government will be a government committed to an education revolution, to tackling climate change and our water crisis, and to returning fairness to Australian workplaces.

As part of a Rudd Labor Government, I will continue to advocate strongly for workers’ rights. The ongoing Tristar dispute in Marrickville has underlined how John Howard’s unfair WorkChoices laws hurt workers and their families.

As the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Water, I will be campaigning to ensure that Labor’s long term approach for the future is heard by the electorate. No longer can we continue to ignore the water crisis and infrastructure deficit that face our nation.

A Rudd Labor Government will meet the challenges we face head on by:

  • investing up to $4.7 billion to establish a National Broadband Network, bringing real opportunities to individuals, families and businesses;
  • offering Australian households low interest rate loans of up to $10,000 to help make existing homes greener and more energy and water efficient; and
  • investing in an education revolution, creating greater opportunities for young Australians.

For 11 years, Australia has suffered at the hands of a Government that has removed the fair go from industrial relations and remained dominated by climate change sceptics.

I look forward to being part of a fresh thinking Rudd Labor Government that can take Australia forward, not wind the clock back.

I would like to express my thanks to the rank and file members of local branches of the ALP for their support in the preselection. I will continue to fight for the progressive principles that the Labor Party stands for, as I have done in the past.

 

Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

Email: [email protected]

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