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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

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]

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