Speeches in Parliament
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (17:03): I rise today to speak on the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014. Labor believes that every school can and should
be offered the opportunity to support and to nurture their students to the best of its ability. Schools have a right and an obligation to offer the highest standard of education and support, just as students have the right to expect a quality education, tailored to meet their needs, attributes and abilities.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:21): I join with the member for Shortland in rising to oppose this bad legislation, the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014. This legislation abandons manufacturing and throws up its hands and says, 'There is no role for manufacturing in this country.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (09:42): On Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club open day ceremony for 2014-15, which celebrated the commencement of another lawn bowls season for this fantastic club. Indeed, it is at this time every year that the lawn bowls season commences.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:30): Thank you Madam Speaker. I rise tonight to call upon the Prime Minister—to plead with the Prime Minister, in fact—not to break another promise: the promise that he made to build 12 new submarines in my home state of South Australia. If the Prime Minister breaks yet another election promise, we will see critical skills, innovation and research, along with thousands of South Australian jobs, sent overseas. This would be a devastating blow to our economy and to our domestic shipbuilding capability.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (15:12): I rise today to condemn this government's unfair budget, which attacks both current and future Australian university students, condemning them to a debt sentence.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (10:26): I move: That this House:
(1) notes the importance of supporting young people's transition from school into work or further training and preventing them from falling into the trap of unemployment
(2) recognises the important work done in ensuring that students are supported to make the transition through:
(a) the Youth Connections program that has a proven track record in helping young people who have not, or are at risk of not, completing year 12 transition back into school or further education, training and employment; (b) the School Business Community Partnership Brokers program which builds partnerships between schools and the wider community including business and charities that help young people achieve year 12 or equivalent qualifications; (c) National Career Development Strategy services that support vital links between industry, students and training options
(3) is extremely concerned that there is no funding in the budget for these programs past 1 January 2015
(4) calls on the Government to immediately reverse its decision to no longer fund these programs past the 2014 calendar year
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:15): I rise in support of the Australian Education Amendment (School Funding Guarantee) Bill 2014. This bill is very important for two main reasons. Firstly, this government, since coming to office, has broken its promise that no school would be worse off and the promise it made at the last election that it would keep the Gonski school funding model.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (12:42): It is an absolute shame that the government will not debate this legislation before the House. Members on both sides of the House have been gagged from expressing their opinion.
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:33): I rise today to condemn the Abbott government for ripping billions of dollars away from the superannuation savings of millions of Australians. In a sneaky backroom deal yesterday with absolutely no warning, the government delayed increasing superannuation to 12 per cent—currently the case—from 2019 to 2034. This means nearly nine million Australians will have significantly lower superannuation savings when they retire.