I believe our economy should serve its people. Labor will always work for an economy that is both strong and fair. We can deliver growth, efficiency and social justice when we provide quality education and training, support industries to provide jobs that are fairly paid and stable, and recognise the distinct needs of regional Australia, all while embracing the potential of technology and innovation. Australia is at its best when the benefits of economic growth are there for all to share.
The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee sat in Townsville yesterday to hear evidence about regional public service jobs as part of our inquiry into the move of the APVMA.
We spoke to 13 councils from across Australia, 12 more than Barnaby Joyce spoke to before deciding to move the APVMA and its 150 jobs to his own electorate during a tight election campaign.
O'Toole and McAllister Media Release: Inquiry comes to Townsville to expose empty talk on regional jobs
A Senate hearing in Townsville today will consider cuts to public sector jobs in regional centres. The Senate Inquiry into the Operations and Effectiveness of Government Decisions on the Location of Commonwealth Departments has previously heard that the Turnbull Government wasted millions of taxpayer dollars relocating a government agency from Canberra to Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce’s electorate last year.
Transcript: Jenny McAllister On The Budget, Education Spending, The Women's Budget Statement And Foreign Aid
Malcolm Turnbull, in this morning’s papers, has set his own test for the performance of the Government in this budget. He’s said that that test is opportunity, fairness and security. Well, from everything we know, in relation to education, this budget won’t meet that test.
I’m incredibly pleased to see so many assembled to consider women, super and wealth. It is simply unacceptable that so many women today retire with so little.
FRAN KELLY: Australia has one of the most gender segregated workplaces in the world. This is according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and there been almost no progress on this front made in the last twenty years.
A lack of leadership from Government is hindering progress on pay equity, a Senate Inquiry heard today. The inquiry into gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women's economic equality heard evidence from key unions and employer organisations including the Australian Council of Trade Unions, National Foundation for Australian Women, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Services Union.
If you were a woman working in Australia in the 1960s, you earned 25 percent less than a man. It wasn't just discrimination -- it was the law. A lot has changed since then.