SUBJECTS: Anti-vaccination scare campaign in SA, immunisation in child care centres
DAVID BEVAN: Amanda Rishworth, good morning.
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: Good morning David.
BEVAN: What do you make of this story that Tory Shepherd and Brad Crouch have written? I reckon they are onto something here.
I congratulate the new South Australian Minister for Education, John Gardner, on his appointment today. It is critically important the new minister gets straight to work and continues the excellent work Susan Close did to promote and deliver early education to South Australian children.
It is vital the new minister continue this commitment.
SUBJECTS: Veterans’ employment program
SHERIDAN STEWART: Let’s have a look now at what happens to our veterans when they return to civilian life. Our next guest is here to talk about a proposal which will help defence personnel transition back to home and into a job outside of the defence force. I’d like to welcome to the program, Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Amanda Rishworth, good afternoon.
SUBJECTS: Veterans’ Employment Policy, Tathra fires
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA RISHWORTH: It’s great to be here today with Steve at Spearpoint a local provider of protective equipment and uniforms to our ADF but also importantly to our emergency services. They have been developing and working with companies to produce the most innovative gear, to make sure our defence personnel as well as our emergency services have the best possible gear. This is really important so thank you so much for having us here today. It’s also great to be here with Mike Kelly the Member for Eden Monaro and also Gai Brodtmann the Member for Canberra
SUBJECT/S: Veterans Employment Policy
LAURA JAYES: Today Labor has announced a plan to get veterans back to work, hoping to provide greater support for defence personnel as they transition to civilian life. Labor say it will commit $121m to help veterans into jobs and do more to boost recognition of their skills and experience. Currently best estimates have veterans’ unemployment at 30 percent, joining me now is the Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Amanda Rishworth, Amanda thank you so much for your time. Amanda this is about 5 times the rate of unemployment in Australia, why is it so high?
If the national unemployment rate was 30 per cent, it would be a scandal. Any government that presided over an unemployment figure that high would rightly be chased out of office.
And yet, that’s the situation veterans are currently living with.
SHORTEN & RISHWORTH - MEDIA RELEASE - MORE SUPPORT TO HELP VETERANS GET JOBS - WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2018
A Shorten Labor Government will commit $121 million to a comprehensive Veterans Employment Policy to provide greater support to our defence personnel as they transition to civilian life.
Labor’s plan will help our veterans into good jobs by doing more to boost recognition of their significant skills and experiences, and better support veterans moving into the civilian workforce.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:00): Hallett Cove is one of the beautiful suburbs in my electorate, in Kingston, and indeed the Hallett Cove foreshore is a special community resource that allows families to gather along the Hallett Cove Beach. I have been working with the local community to look at what more we can do to make the Hallett Cove foreshore an even more attractive place for local residents. In 2015, I worked with the Lions Club of Hallett Cove, and that led to the construction of an Anzac memorial on that foreshore. There are some wonderful, moving Anzac Day commemorations that occur at that centre.
SPEECH: Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No.1) Bill 2018 - Second Reading
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:38): Today I rise to speak on the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018. This bill, which comprises eight schedules, seeks to provide greater support for our current and former ADF members by addressing several recommendations from the Senate inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel. We do owe a debt to those who put their lives on hold in service of our country. When individuals enlist with the Australian Defence Force they undertake a commitment to our country and place their health and wellbeing on the line in service to our nation. In return, we undertake a commitment to look after them and their families both during their time in the ADF and after. This commitment is about more than just their physical health; it is about taking a holistic view of the member and their loved one. For those whose service has had a greater impact on them, we have a duty to care for them and their family now and into the future.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) ( 15:37 ): I f you listen to the minister, what becomes very, very clear is that he has no long-term vision for the future. He denies the absolutely core issue here: we need a long-term plan that reduces our carbon pollution and that provides reliability, bipartisan support and a system that will sustain us into the next 20 years. Instead, he's cobbled together a number of initiatives that he tries to package up as a true climate change policy. But there is none. There is no climate change policy. For 10 years, I've sat in this House watching the Liberal Party and the National Party be wreckers when it comes to a long-term energy policy—a policy that will provide stability, but a policy that will reduce our carbon pollution and that will sustain households and businesses into the future. A policy for the future. There has been none from this government.