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Media Release: Labor Establishes Inquiry Into Foreign Interference Through Social Media

2.00pm | December 20, 2019

Labor has initiated a Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media, to inquire into and report on the risk posed to Australia’s democracy by foreign interference through social media platforms – including Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. The rise of ‘fake news’ and misinformation campaigns present a very real and present danger to democracy not only in Australia, but across the globe. We must protect our democracy from malicious foreign actors.  

Media Release: Rent-To-Rort Schemes Leave Vulnerable Consumers Marooned By Loan Sharks

1.55pm | December 20, 2019

Vulnerable consumers will be better protected under proposed legislation set to be introduced into Federal Parliament today. The legislation, to be brought forward by Senators Griff and McAllister, will amend the National Consumer Credit Protection Act (2009) to toughen laws around payday loans and consumer leases to protect Australian families. Almost one million households are now utilising payday loan schemes, leaving many struggling financially due to high fees and interest rates of up to 400 per cent.

Media Release: Government is Loose with the Truth on Drought Funding

10.00am | October 25, 2019

The Government has confirmed that on-the-ground drought assistance for farmers over the next four years is just $2.6 billion.

Transcript: Doorstop on Senate Estimates 22/10/19

1.45pm | October 22, 2019

Yesterday was the first day of estimates for the new Government. Three years, three terms in how are they going with accountability? Well not very well.

Transcript: Doorstop on the Climate Emergency

9.15am | October 16, 2019

Yesterday, along with Senator Pratt I lodged a Motion for debate in the Senate, declaring that Australia has a climate emergency and the Government must act. Now, that motion reflects the motion lodged by my colleague Mark Butler over in the House of Representative and it reflects our very serious concern about the Government’s complete failure to deal in any serious way with the great challenge of climate change.

Media Release: Government Review Fails To Acknowledge Gender Gap In Retirement

2.50pm | October 14, 2019

Women in Australia currently retire with almost 50% less superannuation than men and 23% of women retire with no superannuation savings at all. Women in retirement are more likely to face poverty, housing stress and homelessness. Despite this, the Government has failed to specifically include women in the Terms of Reference of their Retirement Income Review.

Media Release: Government Turns Its Back On Regional Australians Doing It Tough

2.45pm | October 14, 2019

Today marks the beginning of Anti-Poverty Week. Reducing poverty remains a significant challenge for Australia and it is clear this government has no plan to help those left behind.

Media Release: Labor Will Support People in Financial Hardship in Western Australia

3.37pm | May 13, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including over $5 million for organisations across Western Australia. 

Media Release: Labor Will Invest $6 Million for Food Relief for Australian Families Going Hungry

4.35pm | May 08, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will help vulnerable families who are going hungry by investing an additional $6 million to support food relief organisations.

Media Release: Labor Will Support People in Financial Hardship Across Brisbane

3.45pm | April 23, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including over $5.3 million for organisations that deliver services in Brisbane.