Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development

Shadow Minister for Youth

Fighting For Us

Speeches in Parliament

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015, Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:46): Today I rise to speak on the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015.

I will state from the outset that Labor offers reserved support for this legislative package but does remain concerned with several of the specifics of the bills. Broadly, there are two aspects to the bill. One is to update the legislative arrangements to reflect the establishment of the national regulators for post-secondary education, which are TEQSA, regulating the higher education sector; and ASQA, regulating the VET sector. The second part is to roll back provisions legislated by Labor which provide protections for students against private providers taking their money and not delivering the education that students expect.

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Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery) Bill 2015, Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Bill 2015

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:57): Today I rise to speak on the Education Legislation Amendment (Overseas Debt Recovery) Bill and the Student Loans (Overseas Debtors Repayment Levy) Bill 2015. The bills, as the former education minister explained in his second reading speech, together will create an overseas
repayment obligation for Australians who have taken advantage of the Commonwealth government's income contingent loans, including both Higher Education Loan Program, or HELP, loans and HECS loans, together with trade support loans.

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Speech: Shadow Ministerial Arrangements

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:57): You would think the member for Dunkley was still the Minister for Small Business! But, of course, he is still a good advocate. Bring him back! But while there has been a significant reshuffle on the government benches, there has also been a reshuffle on the opposition benches. I would like to
take this opportunity to congratulate both the member for Oxley and Senator McLucas for the sterling efforts that they have put in, in terms of their shadow portfolio areas.

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MPI: Higher Education

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (15:14): This is an incredibly important matter for the House to deal with, because the government's plan for $100,000 degrees is still on the table. No amount of sweet talking by the government or the Prime Minister and no amount of reassuring coos by the new Minister for Education and Training can change the fact that this government's disastrous $100,000 degree plan is still on the table. What we have from this minister—instead of a radical change in policy direction—is merely a one-year delay in bringing on those opposite's disastrous policy, which would cut funding to universities and foist $100,000 degrees onto university students. Of course, the question is: why is there a year's delay? Is it because the minister decided that he needed to go back and think about this? No, it is not. The reason the minister had to delay it for one year is that he could not get it through the Senate. The previous minister and this minister both knew that the numbers were against them.

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS: WOMEN IN STEM GOING UNDER THE RADAR

I rise today to support this private member's motion and to thank my colleague the member for Hotham for bringing it to the House.

Of course we know that women have played a crucial role in advancing science, technology, engineering and maths in Australia.

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:29): It has been an exciting week—a week that has been reminiscent of an episode from Game of Thrones. Indeed, we have a new king on the iron throne. It has been a week of intrigue, but also of ambition and ego. We have a new Prime Minister. After the knifing of the member for Warringah, we have a new king in town. But unfortunately we have seen that, to get to this position, the new Prime Minister has left his values at the door and has done a whole a lot of deals to make sure he got the coveted position he has wanted for so long. Unfortunately, in his ambition to get to the top job in Australia he has not shown much ambition for Australia and its people. Whether it is on marriage equality or climate change action, we have seen a deal done with the conservatives of the Liberal Party to ensure that he gets on the iron throne.

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HIGHER EDUCATION: FIT FOR PURPOSE REGULATORS THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS

It’s a great pleasure to be here to address this conference into University governance and regulations forum.

In the past sixteen months Australians have been involved in a conversation about the funding and financing of our higher education system.

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Speech: Water Amendment Bill 2015

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (09:19): Labor will support the Water Amendment Bill 2015. Not only is there bipartisan support for this bill but it also has the support of the basin states. In saying that, I do have reservations about this bill, particularly because I think it takes away flexibility for the government of the day to ensure we reach the target of 3,200 gigalitres—a very important target that was developed by the previous Labor government to ensure that we bring the Murray-Darling back to health.

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Speech: Abbott's Cuts to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:38): I rise today to condemn the Prime Minister and the Minister for Social Services' decision to cut support services for the forgotten Australians and former child migrants. One of the many cuts made to community organisations was to South Australia's Find & Connect Support Services. This cut is really starting to bite and it is jeopardising the opportunity for forgotten Australians and former child migrants to learn about their history and reunite with their families.

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Speech: Jobs in South Australia

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:36): I rise to express my concern about this Government's lack of action when it comes to jobs, especially in my home state of South Australia. We heard the Treasurer get up and say, 'There is more to be done.' Well, yes, there is more to be done!

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