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The Government must lift its game on recycling labels

If we’re serious about stopping the torrent of plastic that is pouring into our oceans every year, and the microplastics that are accumulating in animals including ourselves, then we absolutely have to tackle this problem from every direction and that must involve labelling that is accurate, helpful, and applied across the board.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 75 years on: Growing nuclear risks demand global action

There is no question that Australia has the capacity to significantly lift our diplomatic focus and resources in order to play a greater role in global efforts to build regional and international cooperation on this issue, to resist the further proliferation of nuclear weapons, and to make progress towards their ultimate elimination.

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10th Anniversary of World Heritage convict sites timely for jobs boost

Today marks the 10th anniversary since 11 Australian convict sites were listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, the first structures of this kind in Australia to receive this level of recognition and protection.

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Ocean plastic research should be an alarm for the Morrison Government’s inaction

When it comes to ocean plastic, Australia should be taking the lead in our region and globally. If we can’t eliminate harmful single-use plastic and do better than recycling 10 per cent of our plastic waste, how can we expect countries in South Asia and the Pacific to do better?

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Jobkeeper Survey

The JobKeeper Wage Subsidy is an important measure to ensure workers are supported and remain connected to employment during the health crisis. However, as a local member, Josh is concerned the scheme is not being implemented and managed as well as it could be by the Morrison Government. The subsidy has a concerningly low take-up […]

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EPBC Review highlights the need for stronger First Nations heritage protection

It is imperative that all governments to do more to ensure that the cultural heritage of First Nations Australians is respected and protected, through processes that ensure full and proper First Nations participation and self-determination.

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Review of waste-product stewardship regulation – two years late

Labor welcomes the findings of the review into the Product Stewardship Act (PSA) which is two years late and shows there is much to be done and no time to waste.

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Recycling investment better late than never

Labor welcomes today’s announcement by the government that the Commonwealth will invest $190 million into a Recycling Modernisation Fund through a set of shared funding arrangements with the states, territories, and industry. But it means the Morrison Government has waited more than a year to come forward with any meaningful support to what is clearly a national waste crisis.

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Live sheep export must end

It took this government six years to acknowledge and fix their mistake in removing Labor’s reform, to create an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports, but with all their talk of imposing proper regulation on an industry that has been a serial offender in terms of committing gross and grave animal welfare failures, there is let-off after let-off after let-off that follows breach after breach after failure.

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We can do better on childcare

In my electorate of Fremantle, there are 75 childcare facilities that provide early education to nearly 6,000 families and 7½ thousand children. Many of these families are dealing with the acute economic impacts of the coronavirus, and those impacts have been hardest on low-income families and hardest on women.

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