McCarthy, Dodson, McAllister and Snowden: Labor Secures Inquiry into Fraught Community Development Program

Labor has called for a Senate inquiry into the fraught Community Development Program, with the support of the Greens. Communities across the Northern Territory and Western Australia have consistently told us that this system leaves people in more debt, without food to feed their families, in rental arrears and feeling hopeless, struggling with an infuriating bureaucratic reporting process. 

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Transcript: Jenny McAllister on Social Services Legislation and Childcare Package

Last night, in the dead of night, at around midnight, the Senate passed a package of cuts that strips away almost two billion dollars from Australian families in the coming years. These are not families that can afford to have this money taken away from them. These are not well-off families. 

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Speech In Parliament On Housing Affordability

The motion we are considering this afternoon asks us to debate how the federal government's housing affordability policy will fail young Australians unless it ends tax breaks for investors, removes stamp duties, and transitions to a broad based land tax. 

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Straight from the Senate - Issue 12

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Housing affordability is a huge issue at many levels. Very high costs for purchase are associated with high household debt levels, and lack of access to appropriate housing hinders many people from finding work and sustaining their families.

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McAllister and Cameron Media Release: The Government On Housing Affordability - Too Many Cooks And No Broth

Eighteen months ago, Malcolm Turnbull took the Liberal leadership promising a more mature discussion on economic issues. We’re still waiting. After all this time, it is still not even clear who is responsible for housing affordability. 

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Straight from the Senate - Issue 11

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1. This past Wednesday marked the 108th International Women’s Day. Since the first IWD in 1908 we have come a long way and Labor has a proud history of advancing women’s rights. However, there is still much to be done to achieve equality.

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Media Release: Turnbull's Climate Inaction Causes "Investment Strike" By Energy Industry

Industry and expert witnesses lined up to slam the government’s inaction on energy policy at a hearing today of the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Energy Infrastructure in a Warming World. Danny Price, who advised the Prime Minister on energy when he was Opposition Leader, agreed with Senator McAllister that Australia’s energy crisis was caused by an “investment strike”.

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Sydney Mardi Gras 2017

Senator Jenny McAllister and Tanya Plibersek MP at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017.

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Straight from the Senate - Issue 10

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This week we put the Government’s economic performance under the spotlight in a rigorous estimates session.

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Media Release: Department Confirms Cuts to ATSI Sexual Health Prevention Programs

Evidence heard at Senate Estimates this afternoon has revealed that critical sexual health prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are being defunded by the Turnbull Government without any evaluation or consultation. 

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