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Industry specific code for car dealers and manufacturers: third party endorsement - Media Release

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC CODE FOR CAR DEALERS AND MANUFACTURERS: THIRD PARTY ENDORSEMENT

“We believe an industry specific code regulating behaviour between new car Dealers and offshore vehicle manufacturers is necessary to protect consumers, dealerships and their employees. Currently new car Dealers are locked into one-sided agreements with vehicle manufacturers which restrict our ability to run a profitable business and protect our consumers” - The Australian Automotive Dealer Association CEO David Blackhall

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Nowra reconnected forum a success - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

MEMBER FOR FENNER

FIONA PHILLIPS

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE
 
NOWRA RECONNECTED FORUM A SUCCESS

Today, we held a successful ‘Reconnected’ forum with South Coast charities and not-for-profits, exchanging ideas on how to reverse the decline in community engagement and social capital across Australia.

Australians are less likely to join community organisations or play organised sports than they were several decades ago and it’s this trend that Labor is trying to reverse.

Today‘s was the sixteenth Reconnected forum, following on from successful forums in places such as Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Hobart, and Darwin.

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Morrison willing to say anything to hold onto job - Transcript, ABC Canberra Drive

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC CANBERRA DRIVE

WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

SUBJECT: Pension age.

JAMIE TRAVERS, HOST: Dr Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Member for Fenner and he's with me now. Good afternoon.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good afternoon, Jamie. Great to be with you.

TRAVERS: What did you make of the PM's announcement this morning?

LEIGH: Look, it’s terrific — if you can believe it. But let’s face it – this is a bloke who was Treasurer for a thousand days and every day he wanted to increase the pension age to 70. He supported five Liberal budgets that increased the pension age to 70. He is really willing to say absolutely anything right now in a desperate attempt to hang on to the job that he slid into.

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Labor takes the wheel for mechanics in Nowra - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

MEMBER FOR FENNER

 

FIONA PHILLIPS

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE
 
LABOR TAKES THE WHEEL FOR MECHANICS IN NOWRA

Labor has taken the wheel for car owners and independent mechanics with a roadmap to make timely access to technical information a reality.

No matter what vehicle you drive, everyone should be able to choose where they get their car serviced. But independent repairers are struggling to get fair access to the standard service information they need.

Under Labor, car manufacturers will have to share the same technical information with independent mechanics that they currently provide to authorised dealers.

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Labor driving a better deal for Aussie motorists - Transcript, 2GB

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RADIO INTERVIEW

2GB MONEY WITH ROSS GREENWOOD

TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2018
 
SUBJECTS: Housing, the Liberals’ civil war over energy, ACCC, Labor’s plans to level the playing field between multinational manufacturers and Australian car retailers.
 
ROSS GREENWOOD, HOST: Right now, a man is always great with his time - the Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh is on the line right now. Thanks for your time Andrew.
 
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Pleasure, Ross. Great to be with you.
 
GREENWOOD: Let's go first to that issue of property markets because it could be argued that intervention by regulators and also the actual market conditions themselves has caused the housing market to come off the boil more rapidly than many expected. The question is if you implemented your changes to capital gains tax and or negative gearing over the top of what's already happened, it could really have a more significant impact on the falling property prices which in turn could start to hurt the Australian economy.
 
LEIGH: You're absolutely right that we don't want to set policies based on where a particular market is a particular time. You've got to think about the long term interests for Australia when you're setting policy and that's absolutely what we did with our capital gains tax and negative gearing policy. We made the judgment that these the tax concessions weren't affordable at a time when debt has doubled. We needed to make sure we're rebalancing the market away from investors and towards first home buyers given that the home ownership rate now is the lowest it's been in six decades. We don't think it's going to have a massive impact on prices and that's because the policy is grandfathered. So if you’re negatively gearing right now an existing property, you'll continue to do that. You've got a particular asset, then you'll pay the current capital gains tax rate tax rate. These policies are prospective. Gradually they'll help rebalance the housing market so first home owners aren't finding themselves beaten out by investors Saturday after Saturday.

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Driving a better deal for auto dealers - Transcript, Doorstop

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DOORSTOP
GOLD COAST
TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2018

SUBJECT: Labor’s plans to level the playing field between multinational manufacturers and Australian car retailers.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good morning everyone. My name's Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Minister for Competition. Thank you for coming along today. Today at the Australian Automotive Dealer’s Association conference, Labor made an important announcement. We announced that under a Shorten Labor Government, we would implement an industry-specific code governing the relationship between automotive dealers and car manufacturers. We haven’t taken this step lightly. But when the competition watchdog brought down a report on new car retailing, it outlined significant areas of concern. The power imbalance between multinational manufacturers and Aussie car dealers, many of whom are small businesses and family owned firms, has gotten out of control. We've seen instances in which manufacturers have enforced dealership terms as short as a year, in which they haven't dealt appropriately with issues of recalls and haven't ensured that the Australian Consumer Law is adequately complied with. We need to make sure that our automotive dealers get a fair deal. That we ensure that they can operate as family businesses, as small businesses. Automotive dealing is one of the most competitive areas of the Australian economy. Many parts the Australian economy are heavily concentrated, but auto dealers aren't that. They are a diverse set of businesses, employing nearly 70,000 people across Australia. Australians bought around 1.2 million cars last year and we want to make sure that Australian motorists get a fair go, that their consumer rights are respected and that auto dealers are looked after. This policy is based on the evidence from the ACCC report and based on our engagement with the Australian Automotive Dealers Association. I’ll now ask David Blackhall from the AADA to say a few words.

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Driving a better deal for auto dealers - Media Release

DRIVING A BETTER DEAL FOR AUTO DEALERS

A Shorten Labor Government will drive a better deal for auto dealers by levelling the playing field between the overseas multinationals that manufacture cars and the small businesses that operate car dealerships.
 
Labor will implement an industry-specific code through regulations under the Competition and Consumer Act to deliver clear rules for manufacturers and dealerships.

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Driving a better deal for auto dealers - Speech

DRIVING A BETTER DEAL FOR AUTO DEALERS

AUSTRALIA AUTOMOTIVE DEALER ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

GOLD COAST CONVENTION CENTRE

TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2018

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we meet, the Yugambeh people, and pay my respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

I want to thank the Australian Automotive Dealer Association for having me here today and in particular your chief executive officer David Blackhall, with whom I maintain regular contact on a number of matters, ranging from industry specific issues to whether the Westfield Australian Marathon in Sydney was a tougher race than the Gold Coast Marathon.

Today, I’m going to resist addressing you about running. Instead, I’m going to start off by talking about sandwiches. Or to be more accurate, farmers and sandwiches.

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Charities suffer again under chaotic Coalition - Media Release

CHARITIES SUFFER AGAIN UNDER CHAOTIC COALITION

Australian charities are once again collateral damage of the crisis and division within the Coalition.

For the past five years, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has waged a war on charities, prompting two open letters to the Prime Minister of the day, and wasting endless hours of time as charities push back against the Coalition’s retrograde agenda.

Zed Seselja is the government’s sixth minister with responsibility for the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, following Kevin Andrews, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Michael McCormack and Michael Sukkar.

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Indigenous Reading Project - Speech

INDIGENOUS READING PROJECT GRANT GIVING CEREMONY
 
CANBERRA
 
MONDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Like Auntie Violet, I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 

It's great to be here with Dan Billing, Professor Marcia Langton, ACT Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith and so many other strong supporters of this great program.

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