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Government playing politics with shipbuilding jobs

This government is making a horrible mess of Defence shipbuilding – it is delays and cost buyouts as far as the eye can see. It is crumbs from the table for Australian companies that want to be involved in this work. And that puts our sovereign shipbuilding and sustainment capacity at risk. It puts the jobs of Australian shipbuilders and seafarers at risk and for WA it is nothing but broken promises.

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Third time unlucky – still no funds applied to waste crisis

Almost a year since it was revealed that the Morrison Government’s signature election funding commitments on waste and recycling had gone nowhere, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has again confirmed in Senate Estimates that the so-called $100m Recycling Investment Fund (RIF), which was simply re-labelled CEFC funding, has not advanced a single dollar.

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Thank you, anti-nuclear campaigners

The only way to be sure that we avoid nuclear devastation is to see the abolition of nuclear weapons. Every normative and every practical step we take in that direction is hard one, precious and it’s vital.

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Reach out for mental health support

Too many of us think I’m not doing that badly, or I don’t want to bother someone, or even I’m not the kind of person that experiences mental ill-health. And of course, that’s a big part of the problem. The truth is, we’re all that person.

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Morrison budget: weak, warped, wasteful

I defy anyone to point to one notable reform or lasting achievement of this Coalition government. They were elected as the masters of negativity, they set one task for themselves, which was to reduce debt and they’ve comprehensively failed to do that. They doubled it before the pandemic, it will quadruple by the time we get through the pandemic.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Bills 2020

It’s easy to pretend that waste is not a massive environmental problem and a massive market failure. And to pretend that in any case, we’ll deal with it by a few nifty innovations, by asking business nicely, and perhaps, in some cases, treating business to a few stern words of encouragement. But we also know what’s hard. And what is hard is to plan and deliver serious and meaningful progress through reform on a national scale, because that requires leadership and action at the national level. And it means substantial change to the way we do things now.

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Morrison’s cuts eroding our social safety net

If you want to meet what should be the core responsibility of the Australian government and guarantee there’s a high-standard and high-quality social safety net for all Australians, as the foundation of our fair and egalitarian way of life, then you have to focus on what effective care and support actually means, and you need to make sure the people who deliver that care and support are valued. That’s not what is happening at the moment.

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Aviation workers deserve our support

There’s no doubt that aviation is facing some of the sharpest impacts of the present crisis, but whatever happens we cannot allow Australian aviation to be jeopardised. It’s essential to our social and economic wellbeing. That means we must have a clear plan for the survival and revival of Australian aviation, a clear plan that protects air services and protects the workers who deliver those services.

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It’s the waste that needs recycling, not the announcements

The truth is that plucking numbers out of the air is easy. Making the changes required to address Australia’s waste crisis requires leadership, effective policy, and programs that are actually implemented.

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Budget fails the environment

It is startling that despite racking up a trillion dollars in debt the Government has failed to address the biodiversity crisis which threatens our precious natural environment and our prosperity.

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