Transcript - AMANDA RISHWORTH - TELEVISION INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - TO THE POINT - WEDNESDAY, 22 JUNE 2017
SUBJECT/S: Education, Pauline Hanson’s call to segregate children with autism, state of politics
PETER VAN ONSELEN: I am joined now in the studio by Labor frontbencher, Amanda Rishworth- thanks for your company.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: No worries, great to be with you.
SUBJECT/S: $22 billion cut to schools in South Australia, Newspoll
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: This week is a test for the Xenophon Team; are they going to stand up for South Australian schools and actually reject this dodgy deal from the Government? This deal on education cuts $22 billion from our schools. In my electorate alone it cuts $15 million from public schools- one of those public schools being Christies Beach High School will get a cut of over $1 million in just years 18/19.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:33): I rise today to acknowledge the efforts of the Port Noarlunga community in completing a new sculpture at Port Noarlunga beach. My electorate of Kingston is home to many beautiful beaches, including the very picturesque Port Noarlunga beach. Port Noarlunga is surrounded by a reef only 150 metres from the shore, which has made it a popular destination for diving, snorkelling and swimming. As a young child, I spent many summers on that beach, enjoying everything that it has to offer.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:12): Today I rise to speak on the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2017 and state from the outset that Labor will be supporting these measures. This bill contains three schedules which seek to undertake the legislative reform which underpins three elements of the 2017-18 Department of Veterans' Affairs budget.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:00): Today I rise to talk about one element of this very unfair budget brought down by the coalition, and that is the continued refusal to reverse the Medicare indexation freeze. Residents in my electorate have been raising this as an issue for some time. They are telling me—and this is backed up by facts—that bulk-billing numbers are down in my electorate; out-of-pocket costs are up; it costs more to go and see a specialist; it costs more for vital tests and scans; and it costs more to visit allied health professionals.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:02): I am glad that the government has finally turned up so that we can get this debate underway. Of course, if I were the government, I probably would be ducking and weaving from this debate, because we are debating the unfair budget that was delivered a couple of weeks ago. What this budget did is deliver a tax cut for millionaires and multinational companies, and it will make every ordinary Australian working person pay more. That is exactly what it did. It will make people who go to visit their doctor pay more.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kinston) (18:45): I rise to speak in favour of the amendment and against this bill, the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. No matter how many times the Prime Minister says the words 'fairness' and 'Gonski 2.0', it does not mean that he is delivering true needs-based funding in our schools. If he were delivering true needs-based funding in our schools, then Aldinga Beach B-7 School would not be getting a cut, Braeview School R-7 in my electorate would not be getting a cut, Christie Downs Primary School in my electorate would not be getting a cut, Christies Beach High School would not be getting a cut and Christies Beach Primary School would not be getting a cut.
Last night it was confirmed the Prime Minister’s own Veterans’ Employment Program does not have any targets of increased job opportunities for veterans and ex-service personnel.
Without targets for his own program, how does the Prime Minister plan to measure the success of this program?
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has confirmed the funding provided in the 2017-18 Budget for its ‘Veteran Centric Reform’ to upgrade its ICT system is only enough for one year with no certainty for the long term.
During Senate Estimates DVA has confirmed they are being forced to prove their worth to the Government in order to secure funding for an easier claims process for our veterans.
SUBJECT/S: $22 billion cut to schools in South Australia, South Australia duded in Budget, National Security
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: Two weeks after the Budget schools right around Australia are digesting the $22.3 billion cut. These are not cuts that Labor is talking about, these are cuts that are directly in the Government’s own Budget papers. In my state of South Australia schools are telling me that these cuts are going to hurt. The State Government figures say that in just 2018/19 there will be a $265 million cut from schools.