Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Fighting For Us

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. 

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TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP INTERVIEW - CANBERRA - MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2017

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. 

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NO TARGETS IN PLACE FOR PM’S OWN VETERANS’ EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

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?

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NO FUNDING IN SIGHT FOR DVA’S ICT REFORM

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. 

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TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP INTERVIEW - CANBERRA - THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017

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. 

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SPEECH - ADDRESS TO THE NSW RSL CONGRESS - TUESDAY, 23 MAY 2017

Thank you for the invitation to speak today at this important congress; it is a pleasure to be here.

I would like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet and pay my respect to their elders both past and present. 

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SPEECH - ADDRESS TO THE TASMANIAN RSL CONGRESS - SATURDAY, 20 MAY 2017

Thank you for the invitation to speak today at this important congress; it is a pleasure to be here.

I would like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet and pay my respect to their elders both past and present. 

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TRANSCRIPT - TV INTERVIEW - SKY NEWS - THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2017

SUBJECT/S: HMAS Adelaide, ACCC, NDIS, Address in reply

PETER VAN ONSELEN: Amanda Rishworth- thank for your company. Why did we buy these aircraft carriers and not turn them into aircraft carriers like the Spanish did, it would be so much cooler to have their aircraft carriers.

SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETEANS’ AFFAIRS, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: You are right, it is a pretty big concern that we have these amphibious capabilities, they cost the tax payer approximately $1.5 billion each; this is a pretty significant investment and it is a big concern that there appears to be some issues and they are not available for Australia’s capability. 

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SPEECH - ADDRESS TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA NATIONAL CONGRESS - THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2017

Thank you for the invitation to speak today at this important congress; it is a pleasure to be here.

I would like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners on whose land we meet, the Ngunnawal people.

I’d also like to acknowledge, President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Ken Foster and all the members of the Vietnam Veterans Association who are here today.

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MARLES & RISHWORTH - STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF ARMY SOLDIER DURING TRAINING

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of an Australian Army soldier in the Mount Bundey Training Area earlier today.

On behalf of the Labor Opposition, we extend our deepest sympathies to the soldier’s family and friends. There can be no sadder or more difficult day. 

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