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Marine Parks still fall short

The Morrison Government’s marine park budget announcement falls grotesquely short of reversing the damage the Liberals and Nationals have done to marine protected areas, after they cut 40 million hectares from Labor’s 2012 plan, leaving Australia’s under threat marine environments exposed.


Independent mechanics must have ‘right to repair’

It benefits the 23,000 businesses that operate as independent motor vehicle maintenance outfits and repairers. It supports the 150,000-plus workers that are engaged in that sector. But, ultimately, it really benefits Australian consumers and households, because it means that car owners have more choice when it comes to getting their car repaired or maintained.


India needs support in face of terrible COVID crisis

Knowing the gravity of the humanitarian disaster that India faces. It was a bad mistake, to threaten with prison Australians who simply want to come home. What’s really important to say, though, to the people of India, and to all Australians with Indian heritage, is we acknowledge the terrible crisis you’re confronting. We’re with you and we will get through this together.


Ocean protection of vital importance

Australians understand the literally vital importance of healthy oceans for us and for our fellow human beings around the planet. Our oceans produce the oxygen we breathe, they regulate our climate, they provide seafood that can be sustainably fished, and they sustain an incredible range of biodiversity that we have a duty to maintain and to protect. This government has weakened ocean protection, failed to improve the position of endangered marine species, squibbed the opportunity to reform the EPBC Act, refused to take climate change seriously, and been complacent about the waste crisis that sees tonnes of plastic going into our waterways and, ultimately, the sea.


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.


Coalition a government of inequality, inaction, unfairness

People expect their government to put its shoulder to the wheel of achieving positive change, to achieving greater fairness, and to achieving greater equality. This government has failed to manage the economy. It’s less strong and less fair, and they’ve failed to step up to any of the transformative challenges.


Time of reckoning for gender equality

People in my community, especially women, are rightly saying, enough is enough. It is time for all of us, but especially for men to listen to those who have suffered prejudice, harassment and worse, to reflect without defensiveness or anger or deflection and to change and to support change.


Coalition’s harmful energy policy blackout

This government has gone out of its way to cut support, to gut programmes, to play games to indulge in ridiculous scare campaigns around electric vehicles. They’ve subjected Australia to an energy policy blackout. They have been a stinking pestilent wet blanket on energy policy in this country.
And what does that mean in the end? It means higher prices. It means higher emissions. It means no innovation and fewer jobs.

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