Oct 22, 2010

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 22 2010

Anti-Poverty Week is an opportunity for all Australians to focus on the lives of those less fortunate. Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today visited the Exodus Foundation in Ashfield to help hand out meals and discuss the Government’s response to poverty.

“Over the past three years the Federal Labor Government has pursued an ambitious agenda to reduce poverty and give disadvantaged Australians opportunities,” said Mr Albanese.

“Reducing poverty is about jobs, housing and social security. Since coming to office we have created 600,000 jobs despite the Global Recession, invested $6 billion in social housing and $1.1 billion over four years to reduce homelessness, and delivered a record increase in the pension.”

The Government has delivered other forms of targeted assistance to help families under pressure, including:

  • Providing more support to teenagers aged 16 to 18 who stay at school or are in training through our election commitment to increase the maximum payment rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A by more than $150 per fortnight from 1 January 2012;
  • Assisting families caring for children with developmental disabilities with access to intensive early intervention services from 1 July 2011; and
  • Delivering a record $5.75 billion over three years to address chronic under investment in Indigenous affairs.
  • Delivering Australia’s first Paid Parental Leave scheme on 1 January next year, which will provide paid leave for low income families, casual, contract and seasonal workers for the first time;

Mr Albanese said reducing poverty requires all levels of governments and non-government agencies such as Exodus to work together to address it.

“The fantastic work they do here at Exodus is an example of real solutions to poverty, whether it’s teaching kids how to read or cooking a Christmas lunch for thousands of people,” said Mr Albanese.

“I pay tribute to all the volunteers who give their time and commitment to help those who are less well off.”

Anthony helping serve lunch at the Exodus Foundation’s Loaves and Fishes Restaurant in Ashfield.