Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development

Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel

Fighting For Us

LABOR WELCOMES CLARIFICATION OF PAYMENTS TO SURVIVORS OF ABUSE - FRIDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2017

Labor welcomes the introduction of the Defence Reparation Scheme for survivors of abuse in the ADF.

The introduction of this scheme will now provide the Defence Force Ombudsman (DFO) with the eligibility requirements of reparation payments for survivors of abuse in the ADF. 

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MINISTER MUST EXPLAIN PORK BARRELLING OF COMMEMORATIVE COMMUNITY GRANTS - WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan’s announcement this week of the October Saluting Their Service grants sees an overwhelming number of grants for Coalition seats.

Of the 82 grants announced by Minister Tehan yesterday, 51 of these have been given to Coalition seats, that is more than 63 per cent of grants for a Government, who, on a good day only commands a one seat majority in Parliament. 

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PASSING OF COLLETTE TAYLER - WEDNESDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2017

Labor is saddened to hear of the passing of Collette Tayler.

As a chief architect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and inaugural Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Chair, Collette drove reform for national Quality Standards and reform in child care and early learning education. 

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MEDIA RELEASE - PRIME MINISTER SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR GRUBBY POLITICS AT WAR MEMORIAL - WEDNESDAY, 06 DECEMBER 2017

It is incredibly disappointing that Prime Minister Turnbull made a deliberate decision this morning to hold a grubby political press conference on the steps of the Australian War Memorial whilst we honoured the service of veterans who fought in Vietnam.

The Prime Minister clearly doesn’t understand there is a time and place for politics and a time and place to remember the sacrifice of the men and women who have served our country. These are not one and the same. 

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MINISTER MUST INVESTIGATE CLAIMS - MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2017

Reports that veterans who believe they were affected by the British Nuclear Test (BNT) and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) are being turned away from accessing full health coverage is extremely concerning.

The Minister needs to take these servicemen’s claims seriously.

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SURVIVORS STILL DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE ELIGIBLE FOR PAYMENT - FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2017

It has been a year since the Defence Force Ombudsman’s (DFO) role was expanded to include an abuse reporting function and a further six months since the Turnbull Government announced the DFO will also expand to include a reparation payment.

However, frustratingly for those involved little detail about this reparation payment is known leaving many apprehensive of the expanded DFO process. 

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75 YEARS SINCE THE SINKING OF HMAS ARMIDALE (I) - FRIDAY, 1 DECEMBER 2017

Today, December, 1 we remember 75 years since the sinking of HMAS Armidale (I).

Commissioned in June 1942, the Armidale was one of 60 Australian Minesweepers built during World War II and operated between Australia and New Guinea throughout the Second World War.

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GOVERNMENT VOTES AGAINST STANDING UP FOR VETERANS’ HEALTH - THURSDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2017

The Turnbull Government has voted against dropping their Medicare freeze immediately, continuing their out-of-touch and damaging approach to health which is leaving veterans worse off.

Yesterday the Senate passed a Labor motion noting the Government’s freeze is doing $2.2 billion in damage to Medicare.

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MINISTER MUST RELEASE SECRET LIST OF ELECTORATES - WEDNESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2018

In Senate Question Time today, Minister for Education Simon Birmingham once again spruiked his child care package, only rubbing salt in the wound of those 279,000 families who will be worse off under the Governments child care package.

By only releasing selected information about families who will be better off, in a handful of electorates around the country, the Minister is clearly hiding a secret list of electorates and families which will be worse off under the Government’s child care changes.

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TRANSCRIPT - RISHWORTH & KENEALLY - TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - NORTH RYDE - WEDNESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2017

SUBJECT/S: 279,000 families worse off under governments childcare package

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR BENNELONG, KRISTINA KENEALLY: I would like to welcome the Shadow Minister for Early Education and Child Development to the Bennelong electorate, Amanda Rishworth.She is a good friend, she’s energetic and she knows the sector well. She is here today with me as we highlight the fact that the Federal Liberal Government’s changes to childcare, scheduled to come in July of next year, are going to see some 279,000 families in Australia worse off and that includes families in Bennelong. In fact Bennelong is not listed on the Turnbull government’s own list of electorates where families are going to be better off.

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