Browsing articles in "Grayndler Media Releases"
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

May 18, 2007

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum


18 May 2007

The Referendum of 27 May 1967 to alter Australia’s Constitution was a key moment in Australia’s history.

At the Referendum, 90.7% of Australian voters recorded a ‘yes’ vote for the following two questions:

1. Should the Commonwealth Government be allowed jurisdiction over Aboriginal people, a right hitherto given to the States?

2. Should people of Aboriginal descent be counted in the national census?

The long-overdue change, which came after nearly two hundred years of white settlement and over fifty five years of Federation, finally enabled Aboriginal people to be counted in the national census and to be subject to Commonwealth rather than just state laws.

In this way the indigenous people of Australia were, belatedly, acknowledged fully as citizens of the nation.

Anthony Albanese said, “To commemorate this important event, myself, John Murphy MP and the Ashfield ALP Councillors are holding a special screening of Ten Canoes, the film by Rolf de Heer and the citizens of Ramingning.”

The screening will be opened by Linda Burney MP, Member for Canterbury and first Aboriginal woman to be elected to NSW Parliament.

Details are as follows:

Sunday 27 May at 3.30 pm

Polish Club

73 Norton St, Ashfield

$20/$10 concession $40 family

The Polish club will provide drinks at club prices.

Further details contact Clr Mark Drury of Ashfield Council on 9797 2495.

Many thanks go to the Palace Cinema and the Polish Club for their support of this event.

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


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


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]

Important items

Enrol to vote Parliament of Australia Australian Labor Party Clean Energy Future