I understand how important access to public transport is for so many residents in the South. As the population of Southern Adelaide continues to grow, access to rail is particularly important in ensuring people in Southern Adelaide are well-connected with the rest of metropolitan Adelaide and the CBD.
That is why I have been fighting to extend the rail line to Aldinga.
I, along with Leon Bignell the State Member for Mawson, have regularly raised this issue with all levels of Government. As a result of our advocacy I am pleased the State Government has now put this Aldinga rail extension forward in their submission to Infrastructure Australia.
Now we need to ensure this project is a priority and we secure funding for it.
I fought hard to secure funding under the previous Federal Labor Government to extend the rail line to Seaford.
I have seen the benefit the Seaford rail extension has had for thousands of people in Southern Adelaide who now have better access to public transport.
Help me fight to get the rail line extended to Aldinga. You can join my fight by completing my petition below.
In the 2017 Budget, Malcolm Turnbull and his Government handed down a $22 billion cut to our schools.
These cuts will impact Australian school children across all sectors - public, catholic, and independent.
South Austraila will lose $265 million in education funding. In Kingston, public schools alone will lose around $15 million.
Catholic schools will also be hit hard, with many saying the cuts will force them to raise fees or possibly close.
For schools across the country, particularly the most disadvantaged, these cuts will mean fewer teachers, less one-on-one attention from students, and less resources.
No matter where a child lives, what their background is, or what type of school they attend, every single child should have the same chance of succeeding at school and in life.
At the heart of this principle is proper, needs-based, sector-blind education funding.
Instead, Malcolm Turnbull is taking money from our school children and handing it to millionaires.
Amanda and Labor will continue to oppose these cuts - join the fight below
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Local residents have raised concerns with Amanda about the height and location of a proposed dam at Bowering Hill, on the corner of Old Coach and Iverene Roads.
Amanda is concerned that Barnaby Joyce and the Federal Liberal Government have provided funding for this project with no consultation with the local community about its location and appearance. Amanda has been contacted by residents who have only recently become aware of the proposal, and there are still many residents who are yet to know.
The proposed dam will be raised around 13 metres off ground level at the highest point and will be surrounded by wire fencing. Residents have raised concerns that the dam will be an eye sore and obstruct the sweeping scenic views of the area.
Amanda is seeking feedback from local residents as to whether you have concerns over the proposed design of the dam.
Please complete the survey below to have your say-
Local residents are frustrated that the City of Onkaparinga is the only council in metropolitan Adelaide that collects Green Bins monthly, rather than fortnightly.
Residents in the City of Onkaparinga pay very high council rates, and they do not deserve a lower service standard than other council areas.
Amanda has been urging the Council to introduce a fortnightly service, and will continue to do so.
If you wish to join Amanda in her fight, please sign the below petition:
It is now more clear than ever that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water, Barnaby Joyce, is not committed to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
People around the country, and particularly in South Australia, have been appalled to learn of recent allegations regarding corruption and water theft from the River.
And what was the Deputy Prime Minister's reaction? First he dismissed it as a localised issue, and then he went down to a pub in Victoria and said to a group of farmers:-
"We've taken water and put it back into agriculture so we can look after you"
"You know what the Four Corners program is all about - it's about them trying to take water off you, to paint a calamity"
That was the response of the person who is supposed to protect the Murray-Darling Basin and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan for all Australians.
Unfortunately the Deputy Prime Minister's reaction was no surprise.
Last year Barnaby Joyce first foreshadowed his intention to walk away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, when he wrote to the South Australian Minister for Water and made it clear he had no intention of returning the full 3,200 gigalitres to the River.
The delivery of the full 3,200 gigalitres outlined in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is essential in ensuring the survival of the Murray-Darling and restoring the health of the Basin.
It is clear Barnaby Joyce and the Liberal National Government are not committed to protecting our River.
Recently when Labor moved to set up an independent judicial inquiry into the allegations of water theft and corruption, the Liberal National Government - including the South Australian Liberals - did not vote to support it.
The Murray-Darling Basin is the lifeblood of South Australia and the Liberal National Government is putting the future of the river and our state at risk.
South Australians must stand together and send a strong, clear message to Barnaby Joyce and this Government that they must commit to the full Plan, and they must act to protect our river.
Sign Amanda’s petition below to join the fight to save the Murray-Darling Basin!
Watch some of Amanda's recent speeches on the Murray-Darling Basin
Affordable and accessible healthcare is a right of all Australians, not only those who can afford it.
Amanda is outraged that Malcolm Turnbull continues to cut Medicare. The Government's freeze of the Medicare rebate is hurting vulnerable Australians across the country:-
- Bulk-billing is down. We’ve already seen a drop in bulk billing rates, impacting the most vulnerable Australians.
- Out-of-pocket costs have never been higher. Since 2014, South Australians are paying on average $5.40 more to visit to their GP.
- Costs are higher for vital tests and scans. This includes pap smears, which are life-saving for many Australian women.
- It costs more to see a specialist or allied health professional. The average cost to see a specialist in Australia is over $80.
- Veterans are paying the price. The Australian Medical Association said the rebate freeze is impacting access to care for veterans and it will only get worse over time.
We all remember how outraged Australians were when Tony Abbott tried to introduce a $7 tax to see a GP. Now, Malcolm Turnbull's rebate freeze has increased the out-of-pocket cost to see a GP by an average of $7 across Australia.
This Government has now successfully implemented their GP tax by stealth, and everyday Australians are paying the price.
The Liberal Government continues to attack our most vulnerable Australians and they will not stop.
We have to fight to protect Medicare together. Sign Amanda's petition below to send a message to Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals: quality healthcare should never be determined by your credit card.