Despite the Liberal Party promising at the last state election to widen Flagstaff Road, the Marshall Government has now pushed the project off into the never-never.
It appears in the State Budget that not a single cent has been allocated to the project for at least two years. How long will we be waiting for the project to be completed if planning won’t even start until 2020?
The road in its current form is dangerous and confusing. One local resident described an incident where he was travelling down Flagstaff Road in the left lane and saw a bus travelling down the middle lane in the wrong direction.
There are also congestion issues along the road during peak hour for commuters from Flagstaff Hill, Aberfoyle Park and surrounding suburbs.
Join Amanda and urge the State Government to stick to their word and add a fourth lane to Flagstaff Road as a priority.
The Liberal Government has launched the biggest attack on our ABC in a generation. Since being elected their cuts have resulted in 800 jobs lost, a number of services shut down and a reduction in Australian content.
This year alone they cut a further $84 million from the ABC, lined up three bills to meddle with the ABC Act and Charter, a faux 'competitive neutrality' inquiry and a further efficiency review.
Many residents in Southern Adelaide are part of the 17 million Australians who consume ABC content each week.
Some turn to the ABC to receive news and current affairs.
Some are families who access quality children's programs from the ABC - including of course Bananas in Pyjamas.
Some are young people who look forward to the Triple J Hottest 100 each year.
Some love the ABC for Australian drama and comedy, or for its coverage of local sport.
The ABC also plays a critical role in emergency situations, transmitting warnings about floods and fires.
There are countless reasons why the ABC is such an integral part of our national fabric, and that is why Labor has committed to reversing the $84 million cut and guaranteeing funding certainty for the ABC over their next budget cycle.
How much more damage will be done to the ABC if there is another term of the Liberal Government?
Join Amanda in standing up for the ABC and sending your support to our public broadcaster.
The Turnbull government has slashed 1200 jobs from the Department of Human Services and last year 55 million calls to Centrelink went unanswered.
It's simply not good enough. Thousands of Australians rely on these services each and every day of the week and their needs are being ignored.
Sign Amanda's petition calling on the Liberal Government to stop the cuts to our Human Services.
Amanda is incredibly concerned about the Liberal Government’s cuts to hospitals across Australia, and particularly in Southern Adelaide.
Turnbull has cut funding to every single public hospital in Australia from 2017 – 2022. This includes $7.6 million from hospitals in the South including Flinders and Noarlunga Hospital.
As a result of these cuts ED wait times are longer than ever, our hospital staff are increasingly under resourced, and surgeries are being delayed.
This is yet another way the Liberals are attacking our world-class health care system.
Their refusal to immediately unfreeze the Medicare rebate is seeing out-of-pocket costs to see GPs and specialists continue to soar.
Private health insurance premiums are out of control and nothing is being done by this Government it stop it.
Whether it be hospitals, Medicare, or private health - our health care system is being squeezed from every angle and it is everyday Australians who are paying the price.
Our local community is rightly concerned about these cuts to Flinders and Noarlunga Hospitals, and Amanda will continue to fight against them.
You can join the fight by signing Amanda’s petition below.
The Liberal Government started rolling out their second-rate NBN in 2013. 5 years later and
- 3 in 4 people connected to the second-rate NBN have poor speeds
- The cost has blown out by $20 billion
- Complaints to the TIO about NBN are up 204 per cent in 2017
- Thousands of homes in Southern Adelaide are waiting indefinitely to be connected
The Liberal Government's second-rate NBN is disappointing Australians in every possible way - it is taking longer to deliver, costing more, and delivering less.
Send a message to the Liberals – Enough is enough. Every household and business in Southern Adelaide deserves access to high quality, fast, reliable broadband.
Amanda has been fighting for the completion of the Coastal Trail to link Adelaide’s southern beaches and allow people to walk and cycle from Hallett Cove all the way to Sellicks Beach.
Southern Adelaide has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world and it should be easily accessible to all.
There are still a number of sections in the South yet to connected to the trail, including:-
- Witton Bluff (between Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga)
- Hallett Cove Foreshore
- Port Stanvac
- Moana Sandrs and Port Willunga.
Connecting these beaches will bring huge benefit to the local area. Not only will local residents have better access to their coastline, but a coastal trail will attract tourism and unlock great potential for the local economy.
At the last Federal Election, Amanda and Federal Labor committed funding for the Coastal Trail if elected. This was unmatched by the Liberal Government.
Likewise at the most recent State Election, the State Labor Party promised funding to complete sections of the trail if re-elected. This has been unmatched by the Liberal Marshall Government.
The Liberal Party, both State and Federal, have dragged their feet when it comes to this issue.
Send a message to the Liberals by signing Amanda's petition below.
I understand how important access to public transport is for so many residents in the South. As the population of Southern Adelaide continues to grow, access to rail is particularly important in ensuring people in Southern Adelaide are well-connected with the rest of metropolitan Adelaide and the CBD.
That is why I have been fighting to extend the rail line to Aldinga.
I, along with Leon Bignell the State Member for Mawson, have regularly raised this issue with all levels of Government. I am pleased the State Government has now put this Aldinga rail extension forward in their submission to Infrastructure Australia.
Now we need to ensure this project is a priority and we secure funding for it.
I fought hard to secure funding under the previous Federal Labor Government to extend the rail line to Seaford.
I have seen the benefit the Seaford rail extension has had for thousands of people in Southern Adelaide who now have better access to public transport.
Help me fight to get the rail line extended to Aldinga. You can join my fight by completing my petition below.
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.
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
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: