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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.

Nov 13, 2007

Community BBQ and Kevin07 Bike Ride

Community BBQ and Kevin07 Bike Ride



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



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


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





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


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.”

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.


Contact Anthony

(02) 9564 3588 Electorate Office

Email: [email protected]

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