Amanda is Fighting for the South in Canberra
Since being elected in 2007, Amanda has been working hard to represent Southern Adelaide in Parliament. Amanda has regularly spoken in Parliament to recognise the important contributions of community groups and individuals make in Southern Adelaide, including the achievements of Seaford Meadows Scout Group, local graduates of the Smith Family Learning for Life program, our dedicated CFS volunteers, Anglicare at St Hilary’s and the Salvation Army at Noarlunga.
Amanda has introduced a number of Private Members’ Motions into the Federal Parliament on topics such as the importance of supporting young people transition from school into work or further training and preventing them from falling into the trap of unemployment, the important role of palliative care services, the sexualisation of children, and the need for accurate food labelling to name. These Private Members’ Motions and the debate which followed can be accessed at Amanda’s Speeches .
Amanda was proud to speak in support of the Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme introduced by the former Federal Labor Government. Amanda listened as local parents explained just how difficult it can be to balance work and family commitments. Amanda recognised the importance of assisting parents to stay at home with their newborn child during those critical first few months and welcomed the opportunity to stand up and support the scheme. This historic legislation is now helping employers to attract and retain skilled staff, allowing more women of child bearing age to stay connected with the workforce and, importantly, it is now giving more babies the best start in life.
Amanda has raised the importance of securing modern internet facilities for the South numerous times in Parliament. Amanda understands that local businesses and families rely on fast and affordable broadband services. Amanda has continued to advocate on behalf of her local constituents about the Abbott-Turnbull Governments' sub-par NBN and the problems it has caused throughout her electorate, and Australia wide. Amanda's latest parliamentary speech on the National Broadband Network can be found here http://www.rishworth.com.au/news/speeches-in-parliament/768-speech-national-broadband-network.html.
Amanda uses her time in Parliament to raise the issues which are most important to local residents, families and businesses in Adelaide’s Southern Suburbs. In recent times Amanda has been fighting against the Turnbull Governments' cuts to education and health, the mismanagement of Centrelink, and protecting the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Amanda is working hard to support Southern Adelaide in both the community and the Parliament and will continue to fight for families and businesses in the South.