A Just Society

Inequality in Australia is worsening and I am passionate about halting this trend. Every one of us deserves the opportunity to meet our potential and contribute to our community. Removing barriers to participation is essential if we are to build a just society. 

Labor Will Support Australians in Financial Hardship in Banks

9.35am | April 11, 2019

Over the next four years, Labor will provide additional funding to the emergency relief organisations that work in Padstow, Revesby and Panania.

Media Release: Labor Will Support Australians In Financial Hardship In The ACT

3.25pm | April 10, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country.

Media Release: Father Bob Maguire Foundation Receives Important Boost

11.00am | March 04, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will secure the sustainability of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation over the next four years with a $200,000 funding boost.

Media Release: More Cosy Relationships Between Liberals and their Mates

10.25am | February 27, 2019

Senate Estimates has revealed more cosy relationships between the Liberal party and their mates.

Media Release: Liberals Can't Be Trusted To Support Financial Counsellors

8.45am | February 11, 2019

Minister Fletcher’s announcement of a review into financial counselling will be little comfort for consumers facing financial stress. Labor agrees that the financial counselling sector deserves predictability and stability in its funding, this announcement is too little too late. Over the last 5 year the Liberals have shown little or no interest in the challenges facing consumers or the financial counsellors who support them.

Media Release: Grinch Fletcher's Funding Chaos Continues To Hurt At Christmas

11.20am | December 10, 2018

Despite being the season for love and giving the disastrous rollout of Financial Capability and Wellbeing grants continues to cause chaos for at risk communities.

Transcript: Sky News

1.45pm | December 04, 2018

My analysis for what it's worth would be this. That the real problem for the Liberals at the moment is a total division about who they are and what they stand for. This is a deep ideological division. We see it every day in our Chamber. We see it in the public reporting of comments from people like Kelly O'Dwyer where she's concerned obviously that the Liberals are perceived as a party of homophobes, climate deniers, people who don't understand or promote women.

Transcript: Jenny McAllister on RN Drive

8.35am | December 03, 2018

Well through the evidence that’s been presented to us it has become very clear that in the current form the bill is not able to be supported. Now that’s not unusual we’ve had plenty of pieces of legislation where people have presented problems to us and we have been able to work through those in a bipartisan way through the committee process. That was so under Mr Abbott when he was Prime Minister and it was so under Mr Turnbull, but under Mr Morrison the approach is very different and whilst we did think we were making progress within the committee it’s just today the Government has indicated they are just not willing to keep working through the process.

Transcript: Jenny McAllister on Mr Fletcher's Backflips

12.15pm | November 27, 2018

I wanted to make a few remarks about Mr Fletcher and his administration of the Department of Social Services Grants. The Minister has completely bungled this process and it is becoming clearer every day that he is entirely out of his depth. Yesterday, he confirmed a fifth backflip in just a fortnight.

Media Release: Fletcher Backflips on Financial Counselling

8.30am | November 27, 2018

The Government has backflipped on yet another of its decisions in the rollout of Financial Capability and Wellbeing grants. Reports yesterday that Minister Fletcher has further extended existing Financial Counselling grants from three to twelve months to organisations who recently had their funding cut add to a fortnight of chaos. In an incredible display – the Minister has backflipped on his own backflip after realising that his initial extension was rebuked by the sector.