Straight from the Senate - Issue 43

4.59pm | September 21, 2018


1. This week I spoke in the Senate about the division inside the Liberal Party and the effect this is having on regional representation. The Government’s chaos has real consequences for everyday Australians like the people of Page and Gilmore. These people deserve strong community advocates - not representatives who play political games while cutting funding to schools and hospitals. 

2. I also spoke in the Senate about the urgent need to protect koala habitat. The NSW Coalition and the federal Coalition have failed to act to protect declining koala populations. I recently met with Linda Sparrow, the President of Bangalow Koalas, a fantastic community organisation that plants koala corridors on the NSW North Coast. Bangalow Koalas is doing invaluable work to ensure Koalas survival. Government must step up and take similar action before it’s too late.


Bill Shorten spoke yesterday of Scott Morrison’s unfair cuts to Australian schools and pledged that Labor will restore every cent Morrison has cut from our public schools. 


I am thrilled about our announcement that the next Labor Government will boost women’s super by $400 million.This is an important step in reducing inequality between men and women in retirement by committing to paying super on parental leave. Too many women retire in poverty after a lifetime of caring and serving others. 

I am grateful to have worked with many great people on this campaign. Thank you to the trade unionists, super trustees, and women's activists who've campaigned so hard for this. You helped make the Senate Inquiry into this issue possible, and you haven't stopped since. Together we produced real change and we'll keep going until women are truly equal.

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen, SMH, 18 September 2018

In Labor,

Jenny McAllister


Authorised by Jenny McAllister, Australian Labor Party, Drummoyne.