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Jul 27, 2015

Walers to take on Sailors again at Henson Park

The rock n’ roll Walers are gearing up to take on the media industry-based Sailors at the annual Community Cup with the aim of rectifying last year’s defeat.

This year’s game will take place on the 2nd of August at Henson Park and I look forward to joining my fellow teammates from the Walers on the oval.

As this will be only the second time I’ve played Aussie Rules, my key performance indicator will be walking off the oval at the end of the game.

The Community Cup is always an excellent family friendly day with a number of local businesses also involved.

Entry is $5 for adults and gates open at 11 am.

All money raised goes towards Reclink, which does a great job supporting disadvantaged people in our community through providing opportunities in the arts and sport.

If you can’t make the game but are keen to support Reclink’s great work, you can also come along to the Newtown Social Club on the 31st of July.

I’m in charge of music on the night, and people can expect an emphasis on music of a similar vintage to me, plus some new songs.

Jul 16, 2015

Higher Ed Forum raises questions on students’ future

Last night’s higher education forum saw robust discussion between members of the community and guest speakers Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, and Rose Steele, President of the National Union of Students.

Held at Camdenville Public School, the forum provided an opportunity to delve into the Coalition’s proposal to uncap fees.

This would see universities set the price of degrees, similar to the American system.

To date, Professor Parker has been the only Vice-Chancellor to speak out against the Government’s plan to deregulate universities, which he believes is unfair to students and will only see fees increase.

“It will blight the lives of a generation of young Australians,” Professor Parker said.

NUS President Rose Steele said she had benefited from the current system and was the first in her family to go to university.

Ms Steele said Tony Abbott’s plan to deregulate universities would make access to higher education much more difficult, particularly for those from low SES backgrounds.

“Students have no idea what they could be paying under a deregulated system,” Ms Steele said.

Labor believes students should have access to a high quality and affordable education and will continue to oppose the Abbott Government’s cuts to universities.

 

Jul 3, 2015

Albanese to host education forum in Newtown

Local residents concerned about changes to higher education are invited to attend a Community Forum on the 15th of July with Professor Stephen Parker AO, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra and Rose Steele, President of the National Union of Students.

In last year’s Budget the Coalition unveiled their plans to introduce $100 000 degrees.

Despite failing to gain support both in the community and the Parliament, Christopher Pyne remains determined to saddle students with a lifetime of debt.

Proposed changes to education funding in the 2015 Budget include:

  • Allowing universities to charge whatever they like for courses;
  • Cutting 20 per cent of government funding of undergraduate university places, and;
  • Raising interest rates on student loans, resulting in total repayments increasing by tens of thousands of dollars for some students.

These changes will have a devastating impact on young people and our nation’s future.

The inner west is home to a great number of students, many living out of home and struggling to get by on what they can.

We need to look at ways to make education accessible for all students, not create more obstacles.

I hope you can join me at a Community Forum to hear from student leaders and academics about alternatives to the Government’s plan.

The Forum will be held on Wednesday 15 July from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Camdenville Public School, Laura Street Newtown. You can RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/eduforumrsvp or by calling 9564 3588.

May 28, 2015

Headspace launches new Ashfield centre

Headspace Ashfield will celebrate its official launch this Friday, inviting members of the public to come and learn about its services.

Headspace Ashfield opened its doors on the 9th of March this year.

The new headspace means young people living locally will have access to mental and general health services, as well as drug and alcohol support.

Headspace plays a critical role in helping young people across Australia get their lives back on track.

It offers a range of services for young people aged 12-25 who are seeking information on their physical or sexual health, emotional well-being, employment and education and other general health concerns.

I’m pleased that young people across the inner west will have better access to mental health services.

I am committed to making sure we continue to see funding for these initiatives and wish headspace Ashfield all the best as it supports young people in our community.

People aged 12-25 seeking help for a mental health issue should contact headspace at www.headspace.org.au

May 22, 2015

The Ella Centre celebrates 40 years

This Saturday the Ella Centre will celebrate 40 years of extraordinary work in the inner west.

I am honoured to be speaking at Saturday night’s dinner, which recognises the Ella Centre’s commitment to taking care of those most vulnerable in our community.

The Ella Centre, once the Methodist Church in Haberfield, opened its doors as a community centre in 1974.

It received set-up funding from the Whitlam Government, and later a generous donation from Henry Ella, which helped create a trust fund.

Since then, the Ella Centre’s passion for social justice has ensured support for people with disabilities, dementia, older people, carers, as well as those struggling to get by.

The Ella Centre continues to make a significant difference in the everyday lives of people across the inner west.

It has played an historic role in our community and is a constant reminder that when we look out for each other, everyone benefits.

I congratulate the Ella Centre for its tireless work over the past forty years, and wish those at the Centre all the best for the many more years to come.

May 13, 2015

Inner west worse off under Abbott Government

The Abbott Government’s decision to stick by $80 billion in cuts to already cash-strapped hospitals and schools will hurt struggling inner west families.

Last night’s budget revealed that the sick, students, and families will continue to wear the brunt of the Abbott Government’s cuts.

Despite last year’s failed attempts to introduce $100,000 university degrees, the Coalition is set in their view that students should be saddled with a lifetime of debt.

In a further blow to higher education, last night’s budget also revealed that funding for undergraduate student places will be cut by 20 per cent.

This will cost universities around $3 billion over the current forward estimates.

The inner west is home to a great number of students, many living out of home and struggling to get by on what they can.

We need to look at ways to make education accessible for all students, not create more obstacles.

On Mothers’ Day, Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey announced cuts to Paid Parental Leave, describing 80,000 mothers around the nation as “double dippers”.

We know the valuable contribution mothers make each day in our community.

Labor will oppose the cuts to Paid Parental Leave.

Labor’s scheme was designed so that Paid Parental Leave could be topped up by employers who wanted to add to the government’s scheme.

This is not double dipping and the Coalition is leaving mothers in the lurch.

Families in the inner west will also lose out under proposed changes that will see them cut off Family Tax Benefit B when their youngest child turns six.

The Coalition remains committed to freezing Family Tax Benefit rates, eroding the value of these payments.

As a result of last year’s Budget, a single income family on $65,000 a year will be as much as $6,000 a year worse off.

Tony Abbott also wants to abolish the Large Family Supplement.

This is all while abolishing the Low Income Supplement, and reducing the portability of Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Tony Abbott’s rhetoric on families may have changed but his cuts to family payments haven’t.

The Coalition has once again shown how short-sighted and out of touch they are with this unfair budget.

 

May 2, 2015

History comes to life as War Horse takes centre stage

The inner west will today enjoy a rare moment in history as the Addison Road Community Centre commemorates the important, yet often forgotten, role of horses in World War One.

I am pleased to have supported the Addison Road Community Centre through the Anzac Centenary Local Grant Program, coordinated by my office.

I congratulate the Centre on the grant of $30, 000, which is testimony to their tremendous work in organising War Horse.

While the Addison Road Community Centre is best known for its Sunday markets, local events, and array of organisations such as the Bower and Reverse Garbage, today its history has come to life.

Formerly an Army Barracks, many soldiers and horses spent time here as they passed through Sydney on their way to war.

Over 130,000 horses left Australia for World War One, and only one horse made it home.

The inner west has a rich and compelling history, which we remember today.

Apr 13, 2015

Labor launches 15 Hour Best Start campaign to secure the future of preschool in the inner west

Today Labor is launching the 15 Hour Best Start campaign in the inner west calling on the Government to fund preschools in their upcoming Budget.

Currently, the Abbott Government is refusing to fund local kindergarten and preschool services from next year.

If Tony Abbott doesn’t ensure ongoing federal funding, preschools in the inner west will be left with no choice but to increase the fees they charge parents or decrease the hours they offer to children.

Children deserve better than the Coalition’s funding games, with $518 million in federal funding at risk over the next four years in NSW alone.

Recently I visited the SDN Marrickville Children’s Education and Care Centre with Kate Ellis, the Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Early Childhood.

We saw firsthand what a great job our local preschools do when it comes to taking care of our children and ensuring they have the best transition to school possible.

Since Labor introduced federal funding for kindergartens and preschools in 2009, enrolments have climbed from 69.5 per cent nationally in 2008 to 90.9 per cent in 2013. On top of this, the proportion of children receiving 15 hours per week or more of kindergarten or preschool has increased dramatically over the same period from 23 per cent to 82 per cent.

In NSW the proportion of children attending preschool who are enrolled in a program for more than 15 hours a week has increased from just 29 per cent in 2008, to 59 per cent in 2013.

This has proven to be a successful program and Tony Abbott should commit to its funding.

Inner west residents are encouraged to sign a petition to support the 15 Hours Best Start campaign at http://www.15hourbeststart.org.au/

Mar 13, 2015

Greens Party Plan to Shutdown Aviation in Sydney

The Greens Party’s NSW election policy of closing Sydney Airport and opposing all possible sites for a second airport would leave Australia’s global city without any viable aviation industry at all. 

On Wednesday, the NSW Greens Transport Spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi was unable to explain how anyone would be able to fly into or out of Australia’s largest city, if her Party’s plan was implemented. 

They are actively campaigning against the second airport being constructed at Badgerys Creek and have previously opposed all other alternative sites including Wilton.

 This tactic, of opposing everything in an attempt to win votes, is an opportunistic political stunt that deserves scrutiny and condemnation.

 It is typical of the juvenile approach to public policy that the NSW Branch of the Greens Party has become renowned for.

 In 2012, the most comprehensive independent study ever undertaken into Sydney’s aviation needs, developed by the Federal and NSW Governments, made it absolutely clear that Sydney needs a second airport sooner rather than later.

 Despite this, the Greens Party continues to ignore the facts, and advocate a policy that would leave Sydney with no international airport at all.

 No political party willing to close Sydney’s gateway to the world can be taken seriously on transport policy.

 Channel 7 interview withNSW Greens Transport Spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi:https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/video/watch/26599689/greens-propose-sydney-airport-shutdown/?cmp=twitter

Jan 26, 2015

Statement – Vale Hon Tom Uren AC

I pay tribute to my dear comrade and friend Tom Uren AC who passed away this Australia Day.

Activist. Parliamentarian. Minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments. Environmentalist. Campaigner for peace and justice. Former Prisoner of War. Progressive. True believer in the cause of Labor.

Tom Uren was a giant of a man who leaves a remarkable legacy for the nation that he served and loved.

His was an extraordinary life of accomplishment, decency, passion, unwavering in the pursuit of his principles of peace and social justice.

Tom Uren was born into the depression in Balmain before moving to Manly where he led an active life playing football, surf lifesaving and as a professional boxer.

In 1941 Tom Uren enlisted in the Australian Army and was taken as a Prisoner of War on Timor by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945.

He worked on the infamous Burma-Siam Railway, and after being sent to Japan he witnessed the dropping of the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki on the horizon.

Far from producing bitterness, this experience politicised Tom and shaped his philosophy that he was to live by for the rest of his life.

As part of Weary Dunlop’s force, he lived by what he described in his first speech as “the principle of the fit looking after the sick, the young looking after the old, the rich looking after the poor”.

His philosophical approach to reconciliation was exemplified by his often used quote by Martin Luther-King:

Hate is always tragic. It disturbs the personality and scars the soul. It’s more injurious to the hater than it is to the hated.

Tom returned from the war and became a manager of Woolworths before he entered Parliament as the Member for Reid in 1958.

He had a remarkable parliamentary career over the next 32 years which included serving as a Minister in both the Whitlam and Hawke Governments.

He championed sustainability of both our natural and built environments and successfully campaigned for social justice and civil liberties.

His most recent policy achievement was championing the decision by Julia Gillard and the former Labor Government  to grant proper compensation to the remaining former Japanese Prisoners of War.

His lasting impact is evident right around Australia through the National Estate, the Glebe Estate and countless heritage buildings and natural environments that were protected as a direct result of his intervention.

Tom Uren had great faith and love for people and he received their affection in return.

His passing doesn’t close so much as a chapter but an entire book on Australian history.

On this Australia Day, we are reminded that we are the modern, dynamic and progressive nation we’ve become because of the contribution and legacy of those who have come before us, in much more difficult times.

Tom Uren has been a mentor, inspiration, and father figure to me over the last 30 years.

I, and so many other Australians loved him and will dearly miss him.

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