I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, I pay my respects to elders past and present.
In particular, I want to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who fought for this country even when they weren’t counted in the census, or treated as equals in the law.
DEPARTMENT EXPOSES GOVERNMENT COMPLIANCE POLICY IS A PLAN TO CUT FUNDING - WEDNESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2018
In Senate Estimates last week, the Department of Education and Training finally confirmed that the government is closing down Family Day Care services to meet savings targets.
This has long been suspected in the early childhood sector – and now the government has confirmed this is the case.
Last week in Senate Estimates the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government confirmed yet again their complete lack of interest or commitment to early education and preschool funding.
When asked if the national partnership agreement for 2019 preschool year has been signed yet, departmental officials confirmed it had not.
Labor welcomes any announcement that provides greater recognition to veterans and their families including the further funding for Kookaburra Kids Defence Program.
Having served their country, our ex-service personnel and their families deserve our support.
This week during Senate Estimates, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), confirmed that the $40 million cut in this year’s Budget to allied health services which was made by the then Treasurer, now Prime Minister, Scott Morrison will result in less services for veterans.
SUBJECTS: Invictus Games, Veterans Affairs, Labor’s Announcement of a Military Covenant, Transition from the ADF to civilian life, Discrimination again LGBTI Students, Negative Gearing
TOM CONNELL: Joining me live now is the Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Defence Personnel and also Early Childhood Education, Amanda Rishworth. Thanks for your time today.
Last night during Senate Estimates the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) confirmed its legal fees have jumped by 30 per cent from the financial year 2016/17 to 2017/18.
In the financial year 2016/17 there was an expenditure of $10.27 million on legal fees.
SPEECH - RESPONSE MINISTERIAL STATEMENT: VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES - CANBERRA - WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2018
I rise today to speak on the annual statement to parliament on veterans and their families. As shadow minister, it's an absolute privilege to spend so much time with veterans right around this country, listening to their stories, but also listening to their concerns. As the minister has done, I want to recognise the sacrifices made by those currently serving, those who have served before and their families that support them. We must ensure that they know we value the sacrifices they made and continue to stand with them and their loved ones.
SUBJECT/S: Invictus Games, Wentworth
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AMANDA RISHWORTH MP: I would just like to start by congratulating the Australian Sailing Team at Invictus Games of winning a gold medal. On the weekend I had the opportunity to be part of the Invictus movement and I tell you this is a fabulous event going on.
SHORTEN, FARRELL, MARLES & RISHWORTH - MEDIA RELEASE - GOOD LUCK TO OUR ATHLETES COMPETING AT THE INVICTUS GAMES - FRIDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2018
Federal Labor congratulates Australia’s Invictus Games team and wishes them the best of luck as they represent our nation in Sydney this week.
Australia will host the Games for the first time and field our biggest ever team, with 72 current and former serving personnel competing alongside athletes from 17 other nations at Sydney’s Olympic Park, on Sydney’s streets and on Sydney Harbour.