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Apr 26, 2016

Don’t blow the dog whistle this election

It was a privilege today to be the first Member of Parliament to sign the Edmund Rice Centre’s pledge, calling on all candidates to not blow the dog whistle this election.

In signing this pledge I have committed to stand up to dog whistle politics in the next term of Parliament and work to improve public debate and discourse on issues such as race, immigration, refugees and asylum seekers.

This is something I have always sought to do, both in the Parliament and in my local community.

In 2006 I stood up to the Prime Minister, John Howard, and said in the Parliament that we had seen a return to the era of dog-whistling.

I said, “It is not leadership to be prepared to divide the community—people against people.

It is not leadership to be prepared to appeal to the base considerations of prejudice and discrimination.”

In 2012 when Tony Abbott called asylum seekers “illegal arrivals”, I moved a point of order which said, “The Leader of the Opposition is misleading the House with the term he is using and he should not be allowed to do so.”

Again in 2013 when Tony Abbott used the term “illegal arrivals” I moved another point of order and said, “The Leader of the Opposition knows that, under the law prevailing under both the former government and the current government, it is not illegal to seek asylum.”

Many people from all walks of life have made their home in my electorate of Grayndler.

It is this diversity that has made the inner west such a vibrant, culturally rich place to live, work and play.

Dog whistle politics has no place in Australia.

 

Apr 7, 2016

Plumtree to receive $20,000 upgrade

I am very pleased to announce Plumtree Children’s Service in Marrickville will receive funding of $20,000 for a renovation of their bathroom as part of the Stronger Communities Program.

The Stronger Communities Program, administered through my office, will see a number of organisations across the electorate receive funding to support their activities.

Plumtree is well-known across the inner west for the work it does in supporting young children with a developmental delay or disability.

The additional funding will be transformative for Plumtree.

It will allow them to provide a more accessible environment that caters for every child, regardless of age or ability, who uses their bathroom.

The funding will go toward a new nappy change area, extra toilet and storage.

Sylvana Mahmic, CEO of Plumtree, said the funding was very welcome and would go a long way towards ensuring an inclusive space.

“There is so much more we can do as a community to ensure we include children with a disability,” Ms Mahmic said.

“We’re very pleased to receive this funding, which is a great example of how simple changes can make a very big difference in people’s lives,” Ms Mahmic said.

I want to congratulate Plumtree on their successful application and thank them on behalf of the community for their dedication to supporting children and families across the inner west.

 

 

Mar 17, 2016

Congratulations Marrickville Public School

Students at Marrickville Public School have put forward their vision for a greener, more sustainable and playful outdoor area, winning NSW finalist for the My Park Rules competition.

The My Park Rules competition, organized by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects invites pre-schools, day care centres, primary and high schools to submit their ideas on how to brighten and re-energise outdoor spaces.

After 100 entries and 30,000 votes cast across the nation, Marrickville Public School’s entry was judged the best in NSW

They will now go up against a school from each state and territory in their bid to win $100,000 to build the outdoor space of their dreams.

As part of this they have been partnered with a team from TRACT to turn their vision into a design.

I look forward to joining the school, community and AILA as they mark this achievement on Monday.

The renewal of places in pockets of our cities is particularly important as Australia becomes increasingly urbanised.

Research shows that people who live in green cities are happier and healthier.

Every child in Australia should have access to well-designed green spaces, and the terrific benefits that flow as a result.

The overall winner for the My Park Rules initiative will be announced on 1 May 2016 and I’ll be cheering for Marrickville Public School.

Mar 16, 2016

Albanese, Burke & Burney call for reunification of Parthenon Marbles

Member for Watson, Tony Burke, and Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today tabled a Notice of Motion in the Australian Parliament calling for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

The motion calls on the Parliament to note the cultural and artistic significance of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and the public support around the world for the return of the marbles.

The motion also calls on the British Museum to recognise the ability of Greece to store and display the Parthenon Marbles held by the museum in the Acropolis Museum in Athens, and calls on the British Museum to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

With speculation about a possible July 2 election, this week may be the last opportunity for such a motion to be placed on the Parliamentary Notice Paper before the next Federal Election.

Mr Burke said the motion was an important step in the campaign to develop broad support in the global community.

“This is an issue that resonates with people around the world and we must, as a Parliament, show our support,” Mr Burke said.

“Theft is theft, the marbles have one home and it’s not in London.”

Mr Albanese said this was an issue of justice.

“Their return to Greece is the right thing to do and would correct a historic wrong.”

Labor’s Candidate for Barton, Linda Burney, said the return of the marbles was an important issue to Greeks around the world.

“The return of the Parthenon Marbles is a cause I will be advocating for if elected as the Member for Barton,” Ms Burney said.

“The Parthenon Marbles are important to Greeks around the world and they should be returned to their rightful place.”

All three MPs acknowledged the work of Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures in raising awareness of this issue.

Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures have played an important role in raising awareness across the Parliament about this issue and I look forward to their continued advocacy for the return of the Parthenon Marbles in this Parliament and the next,” Mr Burke said.

 

Mar 10, 2016

Reverse Garbage celebrates 40 years

I look forward to joining Reverse Garbage this Saturday to celebrate 40 years of their service to the inner west community.

Reverse Garbage was established in 1974 through a grant of $35,000 from the Whitlam Government.

Since then Reverse Garbage has shown enormous dedication to promoting sustainability and today is an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative.

Over the years Reverse Garbage has won a number of awards from Marrickville Council, the City of Sydney and the NSW Business Chamber.

Well-known for their commitment to reuse and sustainability education, Reverse Garbage redirects more than 1,200 cubic metres of industrial waste to community groups and others for creative and educational purposes every year.

As the population of our cities continue to grow, educating communities on reuse and sustainability is more important now than ever before.

I want to congratulate Reverse Garbage and CEO Dare Kavanagh on this great achievement, and wish them every success in the future.

 

 

Mar 9, 2016

Albanese officially endorsed for Grayndler

Today I announce that after the close of nominations for rank and file preselection for Grayndler I was elected unopposed and endorsed as Labor’s candidate.

Our community needs a local representative who will fight to make sure every person has the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

This is why I am running as the Labor Candidate for the electorate of Grayndler at the upcoming federal election and I do so as a proud inner west resident.

But only in government can you make a real difference in changing the nation.

I’m in the Australian Labor Party because it is the progressive party that can form Government and make decisions, not just protest after decisions have been made.

Labor stands for a strong economy, that’s about jobs and opportunities for all Australians.

We’re passionate about public healthcare and we are committed to investing in education so that every child has access to the opportunities they need to achieve their best in life.

We will also take action on climate change.

An elected Labor Government will implement an emissions trading scheme and transition to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

As the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and as the Shadow Minister for Cities, I have advocated for greater investment from the Commonwealth so we can tackle the critical issues of housing affordability, public transport and congestion on our roads.

I’m proud of what I have achieved as a local representative and my contributions to the national political debate over the past 20 years.

I’ll continue to deliver real solutions for people in the inner west and stand up for what is right.

 

 

Mar 7, 2016

2016 Bairro Portuges Petersham Food & Wine Fair

This Sunday I will join people from across the inner west at the Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair.

A vibrant street celebration of Portuguese culture, the fair plays an important role in bringing our diverse community together.

It also recognises the ongoing contribution of the Portuguese community to Sydney.

I count myself very lucky to live in the inner west of Sydney, a multicultural heartland where neighbours live side by side in harmony.

We are stronger because of our diversity, which is why festivals like the Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair are so important.

In a testimony to its success, Sunday also marks the 14th edition of the Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair.

 

 

 

Jan 28, 2016

Albanese to nominate for Grayndler

I will be nominating for preselection to contest the next federal election as the Labor Candidate for Grayndler.

This follows the federal redistribution which has changed the boundaries and removed parts of Marrickville, Tempe, Dulwich Hill and Hurlstone Park as well as Camperdown and Newtown from the current electorate that I am proud to represent.

In its place, the seat boundaries have moved north to contain the entire Balmain peninsula as well as Annandale.

I have chosen the Unity Hall Hotel in Balmain, the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party, where the first ever branch meeting took place 125 years ago as the place to announce my intention.

I am proud to have been a part of my local community my whole life and I look forward to continuing to deliver real solutions for the inner west.

The inner west has suffered during the period of the Abbott and Turnbull Government as it did under the Howard Government, with little support given to our local community.

The people of the inner west want a federal government which will fund quality education and health services, rollout a fibre NBN to the premises, invest in public transport, take real action on climate change and make marriage equality a reality.

They know that only a Federal Labor Government will deliver on these commitments and I will be campaigning hard to ensure my re-election as the Member for Grayndler and for the election of a Federal Labor Government.

 

 

 

 

Dec 11, 2015

King Street Businesses Protected with Commitment to No Clearway Extensions

Mark Ely and Simon Shaw, representatives from the Newtown Precinct Business Association and I met today with the NSW Minister for Roads, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC to discuss the impact of the WestConnex project.

The Minister gave an absolute commitment that there would be no extension of clearways on King Street, Newtown.

Consideration is also being given to altering the intersection of the Princes Highway and King Street, near St Peters’ Station, to encourage traffic away from using King Street as a thoroughfare.

As the Member for Grayndler I have been concerned about many issues the local residents and businesses have raised with me about WestConnex and I have continued to make strong representations direct to the Minister and in the Parliament on their behalf.

When I met with the Newtown Precinct Business Association last month they were particularly concerned about the possibility of a clearway on King Street pointing out it would be disastrous for the thriving businesses in the area and would have a big impact on the atmosphere of the local community.

Newtown is a vibrant and interesting shopping precinct and I am anxious to ensure that the area is not damaged by the construction of WestConnex.

The Business Association also raised with Minister Gay the impact on local businesses of the proposed five year period between Stages 2 and 3 of the project and the importance of proper traffic management during construction.

Minister Gay agreed to further consultation between the Association and the managers of the project around the implications on local roads of the WestConnex Project.

I will continue to make representations to the NSW Government on behalf of the local community.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

 Media contact:  Kris Cruden   0439 261 552

Oct 20, 2015

A healthy Cooks River is critical for the inner west

Last week I spoke in the Parliament about the Cooks River, and the important role urban waterways such as this play in our local community.

I told Parliament:

The Cooks River winds its way through the inner west as the southern boundary of my electorate of Grayndler.

On a pleasant day, the local parks neighbouring the river overflow with families and friends.

People walk their dogs, cycle down the designated park which runs alongside the riverbank or take their kids to the water park that was established by Marrickville Council just a short time ago.

But it was not always this way.

For a long time the Cooks River had a reputation as one of the most polluted rivers in Australia.

Restoration began in the 1990s, and there has been a great deal of progress since then.

Indeed, I was proud when in 2010 we delivered, in government, $2 million to assist with funding to help revitalise the river.

Today the Cooks River is growing in health, and I want to congratulate in particular the councils—Marrickville Council and Canterbury City Council—the Cooks River Alliance, the Cooks River Valley Association and the Mudcrabs, for their determination in restoring this waterway.

For decades these organisations have coordinated clean-up efforts, educated our local community and advocated for funding to revitalise the river.

These organisations and particularly those volunteers in them have spent literally years of their lives dedicating themselves to improving this natural environment.

It is an example of how hard work by the community can make a difference. It shows the immense value that local communities attach to their urban waterways.

As our cities continue to grow we need to give more thought to our waterways and to the role that they play in our neighbourhoods.

Waterways make up the veins of our cities and contribute to the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our local communities.

This was something that former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam recognised as part of his vision for Western Sydney and other cities.

He ensured that each house had access to a sewerage system.

This was a tremendous equaliser, and it also meant that as Sydney’s population grew the city became more liveable.

In a speech at Melbourne University in 1969 Whitlam, as then Leader of the Opposition, said this:

… urban man is diminished by any final severance of his links with nature and the countryside …

Some years later, at his successful campaign launch in Blacktown in 1972, Whitlam said:

A national government which has nothing to say about cities has nothing relevant or enduring to say about the nation or the nation’s future.

Whitlam’s assessment of the importance of cities to life in this country is even more relevant today than it was in 1972.

It has now been just over a year since I put forward Labor’s urban policy agenda at the National Press Club.

I spoke about 10 ways that the national government can provide leadership in urban policy in cooperation with other levels of government, with industry and with the community.

One of the ideas I put forward is that we need to enhance sustainability and resilience of household and industrial water supply and rehabilitate our urban waterways.

For too long these urban waterways were used for industrial waste, and I do find it concerning that the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has given the water portfolio to Barnaby Joyce.

While water management in rural and regional Australia is of the utmost importance, our inland waterways matter too.

I am of the view that water policy should be determined on the basis of science and outcomes, not abandoned as part of a political horse trade.

The federal government must advocate for an integrated approach across planning, transport and infrastructure when it comes to dealing with the challenges of urbanisation, but part of it has to be dealing with water.

That is why, when Labor launched Australia’s first national urban policy in 2011, Our Cities, Our Future, the policy spoke about water management and waste management as a critical part of the bigger picture.

Labor’s policy platform adopted at our national conference provides a strong framework for improving the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities, where four out of every five Australians live.

Management of our urban waterways, water recycling and water management in our cities is a critical part of making sure that Australia becomes the sustainable place that it should be, particularly as our cities grow into the future.

(Hansard, Thursday, 15 October 2015)

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