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Paid Parental Leave must be better

June 23, 2010

At a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra the Prime Minister was asked a very serious question by a journalist. Latika Bourke, from Radio 2UE, asked Mr Rudd why his leadership was “in crisis”. Mr Rudd did not answer the question but commented instead on what Ms Bourke was wearing.   What she was wearing is beside the point. The fact that Mr Rudd thought it appropriate, even humo...Click here for full story

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Women in the Workforce under Labor

June 4, 2010

On Monday in Federal Parliament members were asked to stand up and acknowledge the government’s achievements in improving the economic position of women. The statistics, the commentary in the community and the despair and worry of women today reflects the fact that women’s economic position under this Labor Government is deteriorating.   Let’s begin with the gender pay gap, the difference ...Click here for full story

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Child care rebate cap is bad policy by Government

June 4, 2010

A joint media release from Damian Hale, ALP member for Solomon in the Northern Territory, and Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Services, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, was issued on 3 June 2010. The release was meant to inform people of the transfer of 570 child care centres across Australia from ABC Learning to the not-for-profit company Good Start. As is the p...Click here for full story

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A Sobering Look at Alcohol

April 14, 2010

The restriction of full-strength takeaway alcohol sales may not work in every town but it worked for the families of Fitzroy Crossing where a generation of Indigenous people was being wiped out by alcohol.   They had endured 50 funerals in a year, tied to alcohol through disease, violence or accidents. Many of the Indigenous women and children knew nothing other than the fear of beatings fr...Click here for full story

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Water money is not secured

March 31, 2010

Newspapers have to be held accountable. In the Weekly Times 31 March 2010 page 7 the Journalist Peter Hunt writes that the Commonwealth and State Governments have committed to $65 million to buyout 108 Campaspe District water entitlement holders.  He states “irrigators gain $2400 a megalitre from the Commonwealth”. Sadly that is simply not true, but we certainly wish it was so.   Nego...Click here for full story

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