Last night the Turnbull Government confirmed there are still more than 275,000 families who are yet to sign up to its unfair child care package.
This is over 23 per cent - or 1 in 4 families.
RISHWORTH & GALLACHER - MEDIA RELEASE - SENATE INQUIRY ESTABLISHED TO LOOK INTO THE USE OF ANTI-MALARIALS IN THE ADF - TUESDAY, 19 JUNE 2018
Today Labor has successfully established the Senate Inquiry into the use of the Quinoline anti-malarial drugs Mefloquine and Tafenoquine in the Australian Defence Force.
This Senate Inquiry will provide a transparent and thorough investigation into the concerns of Quinoline anti-malarial drugs in the ADF.
Labor has long held concerns over the Malcolm Turnbull’s new activity test and the impact this will have on vulnerable families, and children’s access to early learning.
We are not alone with our concerns. Key industry providers and policy thinkers in the early childhood sector agree:
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:11): I am pleased to rise and speak on the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 2) Bill 2018. This bill contains several measures which will seek to improve the outcomes of those who have served in the Australian Defence Force and their loved ones. When an individual undertakes to serve their country, we in turn as a country make a commitment to them and their loved ones that we will support them post their time in the ADF. Labor will support the measures in this bill because it is a step towards recognising the obligation to care for those who have served our country.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:54): Yesterday there were some deeply concerning figures that came from the Minister for Education and Training—that is, just under 50 per cent of families have not registered for the new childcare subsidy, with only five weeks to go. What will happen to these families? They will lose important support for child care. Instead of actually taking responsibility, what we heard from the minister yesterday was that it was families' fault. It was families' fault that the system was changed. It was families' fault that they hadn't registered. It was families' fault that they hadn't communicated properly with the department.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:55): I am very pleased to be able to have the opportunity to speak in this debate, as this issue about the effect that child sexual abuse in institutions around this country has had has been something that I have worked with survivors in my own electorate to address, discuss and shed light upon. I was incredibly proud to stand as part of the Gillard government in 2013 when we announced the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Many people had been calling for this for some time. Quite frankly, once we saw the outcome of that royal commission, as the evidence and information provided started to snowball, it galvanised everyone's view that this was so important, timely and critical. Over five years the commission held 57 public hearings over 44 days, and heard evidence from more than 1,300 witnesses.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:18): Last night I was highlighting the many sneaky cuts that this government has made when it comes to education, early education and veterans, but this is in the context of a budget that also gives $80 billion back to big business. That is what is so unfair about this budget.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:58): The Turnbull government's lack of interest in early learning is well known but was reinforced in the budget and it demonstrated that this government don't care about quality. They cut the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care. This was completely unexpected by the states and territories, completely unexpected by families and completely unexpected by the sector. The quality agenda is a success story. It requires all early learning centres to meet strict safety and quality standards, and to be assessed on their performance.
Whilst the clock keeps ticking with only 25 days until the Turnbull Government’s unfair changes to the child care and early education system come into effect, the wheels on the government’s spin machine are starting to get stuck in the detail.
SUBJECT/S: Rock throwing on the Southern Expressway, Loose alliance coalition, Drought in South Australia, Liberal preselection in South Australia
DAVID BEVAN: Lets welcome our Super Wednesday panellists; Anne Ruston is a Minister in the Turnbull Government, right now she is talking to us from Port Augusta, she is a South Australian Liberal Senator- good morning Anne Ruston.