I spoke on ABC RN Drive tonight with Arthur Sinodinos and Waleed Aly. We discussed debt, school funding and consistency in politics. Here’s a podcast.
Archive for the ‘Education’ Category.
I spoke in parliament yesterday in honour of two great Australian economists – Steve Dowrick and Paul Miller – who I worked with, and who died much too young this year.
Steve Dowrick and Paul Miller, 2 December 2013
I rise this evening to speak about the passing of two great Australian economists, Steve Dowrick and Paul Miller. Steve Dowrick was born on 7 May 1953 in Dublin, Ireland, and passed away in August of this year. His life and his contributions to the economic profession have been beautifully laid out in an obituary for the Canberra Times by Bruce Chapman and Maria Racionero. I will draw on that obituary in some of my comments today.
On Sky AM Agenda, I spoke with host Kieran Gilbert and Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg about the Coalition’s broken promise on school funding, protectionist decision on foreign investment, and problematic calls in foreign policy.
This morning, ahead of what will be a heated meeting between the Federal Education Minister and his state and territory counterparts, I issued this media release urging the Government to think again about its school funding broken pomise:
ANDREW LEIGH CALLS ON ABBOTT TO GUARANTEE NO SCHOOL IN FRASER WILL BE WORSE OFF
Tony Abbott has this week broken his promise to match Labor when it comes to school funding.
“This is an outrageous breach of the trust of the Australian people,” Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh said.
“This move shows that this government is not the government they said they’d be.”
On 3 November, I joined Sky Viewpoint host Peter Van Onselen to discuss economics, politics and the two big policy problems that keep me awake at night.
Average Australians are now the richest people on the planet according to the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. Has Australia got the balance right between freeing people up to generate wealth and distributing it fairly? Wealth distribution was just one of the topics discussed with ABC 702 host Richard Glover and fellow guests Dr John Hewson, former Liberal leader, and Reserve Bank board member Heather Ridout for Monday Political Forum. Hear our tips for students swotting for their higher school certificate and more.
The Cranleigh School Artshow is being held in late-October. They have asked me to publicise it on my blog, and I am happy to do this. Details below.
Art Show October 2013
The Cranleigh Capital Chemist Artshow is an annual event held at Cranleigh School, Starke Street in Holt on the third week of October. The show raises money for the school and promotes well known Canberra and regional artists. It also showcases the abilities of our students.
This year we are hoping to raise more than $25,000 for a specialised music program at Cranleigh.
Friday 18th – Opening Night
6.00pm for sponsors.
7.00pm – 9.00pm for the public
Opening night includes
- Robyn Archer AO, Centenary of Canberra Creative Director, will be opening the show.
- Featured Guest Artist Kylie Heslop.
- Wine and delicious food served by students from The Woden School.
- Live jazz music by the Radford jazz band.
- Silent auction.
19-20 October gallery open for viewing 9.00-5.00pm
LABOR WILL DEFEND CANBERRA
An extra efficiency dividend on the public service will more spell even harder times for the Commonwealth Public Service should Tony Abbott and the Liberals win tomorrow’s election.
An extra 0.25 per cent increase in the efficiency dividend announced by the Liberals yesterday will take it to 2.5 per cent next financial year.
This is in addition to the minimum 12,000 jobs due to be axed if Tony Abbott wins government.
On the final day of the campaign, ACT Federal Labor representatives urged Canberra to remember the devastation to the local economy and relocation of families when Mr Howard was elected in 1996.
Senator Kate Lundy and MPs Andrew Leigh and Gai Brodtmann pledged to protect jobs and continue building a healthy and inclusive Canberra.
On ABC RN Drive last night, I spoke with host Waleed Aly and Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos about vocational training, costings gaps, boat buy-backs and more. Here’s a podcast.
Find the full transcript below.
I appeared on ABC Lateline with host Emma Alberici and Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne to discuss the Coalition’s hide-and-seek game with their policies, how their announced policies will disproportionately benefit the top 1%, naval bases and Labor’s plan to invest in productivity through infrastructure and education.
A transcript (thanks to Lateline) is over the fold.
Today in my electoral office I was delighted to meet local beneficiaries of the Creative Young Stars program. With financial support gained, Year 11 student Gabrielle Carter is heading to Glasgow to compete in an international ballet competition. Alison Plevey travels to dance festival in England and Jacob Niessl will be able to pursue his passion for music, competing in eisteddfods and community concerts with Canberra Youth Music. My congratulations to all the winners.
Twelve creative and aspiring young people have received Australian Government grants of up to $3000 to help them develop their talents and chase their dreams.
The grants have been awarded under the Creative Young Stars program which provides individual grants of $500 and group grants of $3000 to assist students and young people participate in creative, cultural, academic and community based activities, events or training.
Two community groups in the electorate of Fraser are also beneficiaries of the program.
Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh, today congratulated the grant recipients and thanked all applicants, noting that the quality of young talent was outstanding.
“Our community is full of young people with many great talents. The exceptional contribution they make to our community and beyond will only increase with the chance to develop those talents further,” Dr Leigh said.
“The Creative Young Stars grants help young people of primary, secondary and tertiary school-age to participate in events such as competitions, eisteddfods, public speaking tournaments and other cultural, artistic or academic events.
“We want these young people to feel supported, and to have their talent and hard work recognised so their confidence and creativity develops.
“These grants do this but also support our young people in a practical way to make achieving their dream a little easier.”
Campaign Media Release
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh
NEW GRANTS FOR NATIVE TITLE ANTHROPOLOGY
The Rudd Labor Government is providing over $1.75 million to attract a new generation of anthropologists to native title work and to encourage senior anthropologists to stay on in the field.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Member for Fraser Dr Andrew Leigh today visited the Australian National University to announce Native Title Anthropologist Grants for the next three years.
“I congratulate the successful recipients and welcome their contributions to the native title anthropology sector,” Mr Dreyfus said.
“These projects will provide a range of programs, including training for junior anthropologists, field work programs, an Indigenous internship and research placements.”
On Fairfax TV today, Chris Hammer hosted Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer and myself. We discussed the need to invest in jobs and education, the Coalition’s admission that they’ll follow Labor’s path to surplus, and why flat-rate paid parental leave is fairer and more affordable than a plan that gives the most to those that have the most. Here’s a vodcast and here’s a podcast.
This morning, I joined Bill Shorten and Gai Brodtmann for a tour of Questacon before announcing some funding certainty for the popular Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program. The funding will deliver a steady stream of young patrons to the capital’s vital national institutions:
Minister for Education Bill Shorten, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann, Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh
Minister for Education Bill Shorten joined the Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh and the Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann on the steps of Questacon today to announce a further $6.5 million for the popular Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program.
PACER provides a subsidy for schools travelling more than 150 kilometres to visit the national capital as part of a civics and citizenship education excursion.
Minister for Education Bill Shorten, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann
The Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning will deliver professional learning programs and research from next year under a new agreement signed with the University of Canberra.
As announced in May 2013, the Rudd Labor Government is investing $26 million in the Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning to support the implementation of the Better Schools Plan in the ACT and beyond.
The Minister for Education Bill Shorten was joined by the Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann at the University of Canberra today to celebrate the new partnership and witness firsthand the cutting edge teaching technology that the University of Canberra offers.
The $26 million Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning will support the Better Schools goal of being in the world’s top five in reading, numeracy and science by 2025.
On Sky AM Agenda, I spoke with host Kieran Gilbert and Liberal Senator Mitch Fifield. I outlined Labor’s positive plan for education and infrastructure, and noted the Coalition’s $30B of regressive spending – in the form of their $22B unfair parental leave scheme and their $8B restoration of the private health insurance rebate for higher income earners. I also discussed the impact that tens of billions in Coalition cuts would have on health, education and jobs. A transcript is over the fold.
On ABC666 this morning, I joined a ‘pollie panel’ with other candidates for the seat of Fraser. We discussed the Coalition’s regressive paid parental leave scheme, and their additional 12,000-20,000 job cuts, plus Labor’s plans to invest in education and the NBN. Here’s a podcast.
Today I joined my parliamentary colleagues to launch our 2013 election campaign. We also announced $10 million for the second stage of the University of Canberra’s Sports Hub, a new sport and health research, training and administration facility to inspire and engage young people in sport and fitness across the capital region. My thanks to our volunteers and the ACT Labor team including Chris Sant who is running for the second Senate seat and candidate for Hume Michael Pilbrow. Continue reading ‘ACT Labor election launch and major investment in regional sports hub’ »
On 14 August 2013, I spoke with Lyndal Curtis about Trade Training Centres, Labor’s historic environmental reforms, and the risks to Canberra posed by Coalition cuts. Alas, Zed Seselja was to have joined the conversation, but withdrew at the last minute.
TRANSCRIPT OF ANDREW LEIGH, MEMBER FOR FRASER
ABC NEWS24 INTERVIEW
14 AUGUST 2013
E & O E – PROOF ONLY
Subjects: Preferences, PEFO and budget honesty, Trade Training Centres.
LYNDAL CURTIS: But now joining me to discuss the day’s events Labor member for Fraser Andrew Leigh. We were expected to be joined by the Liberals Senate
candidate in the ACT Zed Seselja but he is not here. Andrew Leigh, welcome. We will start with Labor so far refusing to agree to the Liberals’
demands that it preference the Greens last at the Federal election. For the first time Tony Abbott will preference Labor over the Greens. The move
mostly harms the Greens chances in their first and only lower house seat of Melbourne.
Today we announced $9.4m for new training centres in the ACT as part of a long term Labor Government program to secure jobs for young people and grow our economy:
Federal Labor MP for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh, was welcomed at a Braddon early learning centre today to sign a pledge committing to the work of the National Quality Framework (NQF) for childcare and early childhood education.
He used the opportunity to challenge the Federal Opposition to do the same.
“Labor’s record in child care is a proud one. Since 2007 we have raised the child care rebate to 50%, provided for better training and pay for workers and improved standards in centres with smaller child to carer ratios. I urge my opposition counterpart to sign the NQF pledge also.”
After the first election debate, I locked horns with Shadow Finance Spokesman Andrew Robb about the government’s plans for managing the economic transition, and the need for the Coalition to bring their policies into the sunlight.
BREAKING POLITICS WITH TIM LESTER (watch video)
Member for Fraser
MONDAY 5 AUGUST 2013
TOPICS: First full day of campaigning, Political donations, School funding
Tim Lester: Kelly O’Dwyer, Liberal MP in the Melbourne electorate of Higgins and Labor MP here in Fraser, Andrew Leigh, welcome to Breaking Politics on our first election campaign edition. Kelly, first to you, how does it feel now that we’ve got a contest on?
Kelly O’Dwyer: Well, look I think it’s terrific that Kevin Rudd has finally named a date, and no longer are the union heavies and Labor hacks going to decide who the Prime Minister is, but instead, the Australian people will get a chance on the seventh of September who it is that they want to lead the nation, which team they have trust in to better build our economy and our country and we’re going to learn that on the seventh of September. I got off to a flying start last night, Reverend Tim Costello conducted a town hall meeting with me, Anna Burke and the Greens candidate for Kooyong, for a number of electorates getting together, and we had a packed town hall meeting. So it’s been busy for day one.
TL; Ok, and Andrew Leigh, your sense, when you heard the Prime Minister was on his way to the Governor General yesterday, delighted, or not.
Andrew Leigh: I share Kelly’s enthusiasm for the political process, Tim, and I would say to any young person, in particular, who’s not on the rolls, you’ve now got that seven-day window to sign up, and it’s so important that everyone has their say. This is an election which is about big choices for Australia, we’ve just seen Victoria sign up to the Better Schools Plan, so now four out of five Australian kids are signed on to that. Western Australia’s signed on to DisabilityCare so that now covers almost all of Australia and we’re seeing big reforms through the National Broadband Network, and through historic investments in roads and infrastructure going out across Australia, so it’s a big election, big choices for Australia.
On 25 June 2013, I spoke with Sky host David Speers and Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos about the government’s proud record on jobs, pricing carbon and creating DisabilityCare; and the future reform agenda on education and innovation.
My Chronicle column this week looked at the benefits for all Canberra school students from signing up to the national schools agreement.
Funding Allows ACT Schools to Flourish, The Chronicle, 4 June 2013
When surgeons are talking about the path to understanding a new procedure, they use a simple maxim: “see one, do one, teach one”. It sums up the fact that you haven’t really understood a topic deeply until you’re able to teach it to someone else.
Whether it’s bricklaying or algebra, teaching is hard. We remember things best when we’ve done them ourselves , rather the simply being told the answer. And yet until we’ve done a task right, we often don’t know what it feels like. If you’ve ever tried to teach a child to ride a bike, you’ll know the delicate balance between risk and safety.
Our schools today teach some extraordinary stuff. A student who has mastered the Australian Curriculum knows more about maths, chemistry and geography than anyone alive just a few centuries ago.
TRANSCRIPT – AM AGENDA WITH KIERAN GILBERT
Andrew Leigh MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Member for Fraser
21 May 2013
TOPICS: Equal marriage, school funding
Kieran Gilbert: This is AM Agenda, thanks for your company. Joining me now from Melbourne, the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Scott Ryan, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Andrew Leigh here in the Canberra studio. You heard what Senator Brandis had to say, Andrew Leigh, about Kevin Rudd; that this is all about him, not about same-sex marriage. What do you say to that?
Andrew Leigh: Well Kieran, it’s pretty clear that views on this issue have shifted and shifted pretty markedly. We’ve seen just over recent months same-sex marriage become law in New Zealand and Britain because Conservative leaders allowed their Party room to vote the way they wanted to. If Mr Abbott will do that in Australia, we’ll bring the vote back to the floor…[inaudible]
ANU to receive $3 million endowment to establish Tax Studies Institute
Dr Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fraser and former professor at the Australian National University has welcomed the establishment of the Tax Studies Institute (TSI) at the ANU.
I spoke this morning with Mark Parton about the federal budget, and the clear choice it presents for this year’s election: between Labor’s nation-building reforms in health, schools and DisabilityCare, and the Coalition’s threatened cuts. Here’s a podcast.
TRANSCRIPT – 2CC BREAKFAST WITH MARK PARTON
Andrew Leigh MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
Member for Fraser
15 May 2013
TOPICS: The Budget.
On ABC666 yesterday, I spoke with host Adam Shirley about the government’s investment in early childhood, and why good policy is good politics too. Here’s a podcast.