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Local child care fees out of control under Morrison

New data has revealed families in Cockburn are being hammered by soaring childcare fees.


NBN cost blowout fails to fix WA digital divide

The latest NBN performance report and addition of suburbs listed for upgrade from copper to fibre still leaves WA short-changed, with the Morrison-Joyce government refusing to prioritise the state that has been lumped with the highest proportion of the worst NBN technology.


Grants bolster Freo & Cockburn Community groups

Projects for 15 community and sporting groups across the federal electorate of Fremantle are currently at or near completion thanks to a total of $150,000 in Stronger Communities Programme funding.


Homelessness Week 2021

At a time when the need for social housing far outweighs supply we should make sure our economic recovery is channelled through lasting investments in reducing inequality and creating shared wellbeing.”


Fremantle health costs soar under Liberals

In the eight long years of the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government, the cost of accessing health care has soared across the federal electorate of Fremantle, and now Scott Morrison is using the cover of Victoria’s COVID outbreak to sneak in hundreds of changes to Medicare Benefit Schedule items that will increase cost and decrease access.


More funding needed to keep Australia’s screen industry trucking

Film-making is one of a number of creative industries that should be a foundation stone of Australia’s economic diversification and job creation in future. Screen industries – which include film & television, but also gaming – are exactly the kind of sophisticated, high-tech, and high-skill human capital dependent manufacturing that we should be looking to build.


A trillion dollars in debt

In its 8th year the Morrison government has delivered a tired flabby budget that is built on eye-watering levels of debt and aimed at addressing its political problems.


Australian Heritage Grant for Fremantle Prison

This week’s announcement of $411,000 in Australian Heritage Grant funding for Fremantle Prison is a welcome contribution to further improvement of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, especially with respect to the critical area of Indigenous heritage.


Oil & gas regulatory failure lands $200m liability on taxpayers

Labor welcomes the Morrison Government’s acknowledgement of serious and costly shortcomings in the regulatory system that cover the critical issue of how to ensure the proper and timely decommissioning of oil & gas infrastructure in Australian waters.


Blindspots in Morrison recession budget will hurt Fremantle

This is no ordinary Budget. It comes at a time when Australia is caught in the turmoil of a global pandemic with severe impacts on our economy and our way of life. We now face the first recession in 30 years and we do so from a weak foundation as a result of stagnant wages, low productivity, under-investment in education, and galloping debt.

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