Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:12): Over my time as the member for Kingston, I have fought many fights to improve roads in our community, including the most recently-improved road, South Road, from Seaford to Aldinga. We will enjoy that road going all the way to Sellicks. Then there is the duplication of the Southern Expressway, a road, which, under the Liberal government, went one way and now it goes two ways. All residents in southern Adelaide deserve roads that cater to the needs of their community.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (09:53): 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. To do this, governments and communities must ensure that veterans and their families are supported during their service, through transition to civilian life and beyond.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:46): Today I rise to speak on the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Omnibus) Bill 2018. This bill is designed to streamline several internal processes which will assist both the Department of Veterans' Affairs and individual veterans in accessing entitlements. Of course, Labor is always supportive of improvements which make it easier for veterans to interact with the department, and of changes which improve the timeliness of claims. When it comes to delivering public services and public goods, we need to constantly look at how we can improve the experience of those we seek to serve. When I talk with veterans around this country, what I hear is that many veterans, especially those who have been clients of the Department of Veterans' Affairs for some time, are very happy with the service that is provided. But it's clear that, for some of the veterans trying to put in a claim or be part of the new system, it is not always easy. They find it difficult at times. Anything that we can do to make this process easier for them is critically important.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (15:12): We know that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison governments have not been consistent on many things, but one thing they have been consistent on is their failure on preschools and preschool children. There is a long list of policy failures and neglect from this shambolic government, but their disregard for preschools is surely one of their most concerning failures. They simply refuse to provide any certainty for our preschools and they use them as pawns to inflate their budget position. We hear the same story year after year: after educators, teachers, state governments and families rally at Parliament House and rally around the country, begging for more money, the government begrudgingly roll over one-year stopgap funding to preschools. This creates massive uncertainty for preschools and kindies right across this country, but, importantly, it's creating massive uncertainty for families. Families who want to give their children the best start to life are uncertain about where the government stands when it comes to funding for their children.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:12): Adelaide, and indeed South Australia, has stunning coastlines, and there's nowhere that has better coastlines than the southern Adelaide region. Of course, the previous state government had been working to not only make the southern area and the coastline accessible to local residents but also boost tourism through the completion of the Adelaide Coastal Trail. There are still areas of that coastal trail that are to be completed—the Witton Bluff area between Christies Beach and Port Noarlunga, the Hallett Cove Foreshore and the Port Stanvac area.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (16:18): I rise today to acknowledge the generosity of my local community during my recent winter appeal. Each winter, my office acts as a drop-off point for donations of food, beanies, scarves, blankets, toiletries and animal food. The donations go to vulnerable members of the local community who are struggling over the cooler months. This year, I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Over 90 individuals and 20 community groups have brought in donations. Many of these people were not well off themselves but have given what they can to help those in need.
The latest quarterly report on child care fees confirms what most families already know - child care fees continue to rise under the Liberals.
Since the election of the Liberals in 2013, total child care fees have grown by more than 20 per cent (to March 2018).
I rise to second the Education chapter of the National Platform.
This is a chapter that reflects core Labor values.
Labor has always invested in education because only Labor believes education is the greatest investment we can make in the future of our country.
Today’s MYEFO once again delivers nothing for our pre-schoolers.
Under the Liberals there is no funding for preschool after 2019 and MYEFO reiterates this. There is only 12 months left of funding - but this government couldn’t care less.
LABOR WELCOMES EXPANSION OF GOLD CARD TO SEATO NURSES AND MEDICAL TEAMS BUT GOVERNMENT MUST RULE OUT DVA CLOSURE - 16 DECEMBER 2018
Labor welcomes the announcement of the expansion of the Gold Card to include South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) Nurses and Medical Teams.
It is important that we support those who have served our nation, and we are pleased that the Government has chosen to do so notwithstanding the Productivity Commission’s draft report stated;
“It is the Commission’s view that eligibility for the Gold Card should not be expanded to any new categories of veterans or dependants that are not currently eligible for such a card.” (p.33)