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:
Amanda along with the South Australian Community is dismayed that Barnaby Joyce has foreshadowed walking away from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The plan to return 3,200 gigalitres to the river is essential in ensuring the survival of the Murray-Darling and restoring the health of the Basin.
The Murray-Darling Basin is the lifeblood of South Australia and now 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 this Government that they must commit to the plan and return the full 3,200 to the river.
Sign Amanda’s petition below to join the fight to save 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.
I fought hard to secure the Federal Government funding needed to extend the Noarlunga rail line to Seaford, delivering better public transport to Southern Adelaide. Now I believe it’s time to fight to get the rail line extended to Aldinga.
The population of outer-Southern Adelaide is growing. That is why I believe the Seaford rail line needs to be extended to Aldinga to provide better public transport and support local jobs.
Unfortunately, in the past two years the Liberal Government has not invested any new funding for urban rail projects in Australia – I believe this is a very short sighted decision. With your support, I will continue to fight for funding for the Aldinga rail extension.
If you support rail to Aldinga, please complete my petition below.