SUBJECTS: What Labor’s National Preschool and Kindy Program means for kids in the Northern Territory
AMANDA RISHWORTH, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT: It has been an absolute pleasure to visit Nakara Preschool here with the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, the Minister for Education, the Local Member and of course Luke Gosling, the Member for Solomon.
SUBJECTS: Labor’s Fair Go Action Plan to stand up for workers, Liberal chaos and dysfunction, the Murray Darling Basin
DAVID BEVAN: We welcome in our studio, Senator Cory Bernardi, Leader of the Australian Conservatives- good morning to you.
PRESCHOOLERS START THEIR LEARNING JOURNEY – BUT LIBERAL CUTS ARE ON THE HORIZON - WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY 2019
Four year olds in the Territory begin their learning journey this week as they start their first week in preschool.
This is a happy and exciting time for the 3,882 four year olds and their families in the Territory who will gain a lifetime of benefits from accessing quality early learning in preschools and long day care centres.
SUBJECTS: Labor’s commitment to Darwin Toy Library, Labor’s National Preschool and Kindy Program
MEL LITTLE: Amanda Rishworth MP who joins me on the phone now. Hi Amanda.
AMANDA RISHWORTH, SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT: Hi Mel, how’s it going?
A Shorten Labor Government will give our ADF members choice to select their issued boots for service - our ADF members aren’t one size fits all, and their boots shouldn’t be, either. Our military personnel are our most critical ADF capability. It is vital they are well equipped to perform at their best and deliver on their mission. ADF members work day in, day out, in their kit and, like us, our ADF personnel are not one-size fits all.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:54): I rise to speak on this motion today and to thank everyone who has spoken in this debate—importantly, highlighting the issue around veterans' employment and what we can do better when it comes to supporting veterans to gain meaningful employment after their time in service. This is an issue I have been discussing for some time. It's an issue I have spoken about with veterans in most places around Australia. It's one of the significant issues that comes up. I have often talked about it as an issue—and not necessarily because veterans don't have the skills and experience. There is a lost-in-translation piece, where veterans do find it difficult to explain and summarise the skills that they've gained within the ADF, and employers don't necessarily always know how to interpret them
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:13): On Friday, I met with Prith Chakravarti, who lives in one of Adelaide's southern suburbs. I was very disappointed to learn that Prith had been approved for a level 3 home care package in 2016. He was reassessed in 2018 and once again told that he needed a level 3 home care package. But, disappointingly, he still has not been able to access the money that goes along with this assessment.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:40): This week, we've heard a lot of fantasy from those opposite. For example, how the chaos and dysfunction within the Liberal coalition government are not affecting the governance of this country. We know it is, and the Australian people know it is. Of course, we have also heard fantasy that having 10 sitting days in the next eight months is just business as usual, normal business of the parliament. Of course, we know that is absolutely not true as well. But probably the biggest fantasy we've had today has been espoused by the Minister for Women, who said the Liberal government was the natural government for women. Well, this is from the same minister who declared the day before that the Liberal Party was anti-women.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:24): 1,799: that is the number of residents who have been in touch with me about problems with the NBN since the Liberals were elected in 2013. This number includes people who have waited unacceptable periods of time to be connected. In particular, there are those residents who are still waiting to be connected due to the government's bundling of the HFC rollout. In my electorate, there are 4,500 homes that have been impacted by the delay. Most of those homes will now be waiting until 2020 to be connected. David from Sheidow Park has been impacted. He said: The ongoing delay of the rollout of the NBN to Sheidow Park is extremely frustrating. The NBN currently finishes at my back fence. My mobile has a faster connection than my house!
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:29): It's wonderful to have Anna from Merici College in Canberra in the chamber today. She has joined me as part of Girls Take Over Parliament. One of the issues that Anna prepared before she came on her day is an issue that interested her after she spent some time looking into it, and that is: how is it that young children can form a mindset based on gender stereotypes? This is reflected in many things in their lives, including some things as simple as choosing toys which are tailored specifically to boys or girls.