WEDNESDAY, 4 JULY 2018
SUBJECTS: Braddon by-election; Corporate tax cuts; National Energy Guarantee.
KIERAN GILBERT: With me now is Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh. Just on this lunch or consultation with the Chamber of Commerce in the seat of Braddon, Labor wants to correct the record here saying it hasn't been cancelled, there is still a lunch going ahead and there's been quite a good response for a breakfast tomorrow. Seeing as Labor wants to make sure that there's no sense of a backlash here after the company tax debate last week.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Kieran, there's no shortage of people wanting to engage with Bill, whether it's in the community or in the business sector. He's holding business events at lunch today and breakfast tomorrow and a town hall meeting tonight. That will be about 70 town hall meetings that Bill has held since Malcolm Turnbull became leader. I've got to say that Malcolm Turnbull hasn't held 70 town hall meetings.
Australia has become more disconnected over the course of the past generation - Transcript, Sky News
TUESDAY, 3 JULY 2018
SUBJECTS: New survey on friends and neighbours; Labor’s Reconnected forums.
DAVID SPEERS: Andrew Leigh, thanks very much for your time this afternoon. Let's just start by looking at how serious this problem of loneliness really is. How would you characterise the seriousness of this?
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: I think it's a huge challenge, David. If you go back to the mid-1980s, 11 per cent of Australians said they had no one they could turn to in times of difficulty, now that has almost doubled up to 18 per cent. In Britain after the death of Jo Cox, they've appointed a Minister for Loneliness. Colleagues of mine including Graham Perrett, Andrew Giles and Louise Pratt have been talking about the issue of loneliness. We have these new survey results now suggesting that Australians have fewer close friends and are less likely to know their neighbours than they were in the past.Read more
LABOR LEADING CONSUMER AND COMPETITION DEBATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 27 JUNE 2018
Dr LEIGH (Fenner): I move:
That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:
"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes the Government's failure to commit to a full suite of measures to strengthen the consumer watchdog, including:
(1) increasing the maximum penalties for anti-competitive conduct;
(2) cracking down on payday lenders;
(3) providing the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with an independent market studies function;
(4) increasing the litigation budget of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;
(5) requiring car manufacturers to share technical information with independent mechanics on commercially fair and reasonable terms, with safeguards that enable environmental, safety and security-related technical information to be shared with the independent sector; and
(6) prioritising cases that disproportionately affect disadvantaged Australians".
It is always a good day when the coalition belatedly adopts Labor's policies. On 15 June 2016, Labor called on the government to raise the penalties for ripping off consumers. We did so following a succession of scandals in which firms had seen penalties for anticonsumer conduct as simply the cost of doing business. We had that period from 2011 to 2015 when Nurofen, one of the big shots in the pain business, began selling a series of painkillers said to target pain in the body—Nurofen Back Pain, Nurofen Period Pain, Nurofen Migraine Pain and Nurofen Tension Headache—but the fact was they all had the same active ingredient, 342 milligrams of ibuprofen lysine. The fact was that Nurofen were misleading consumers, and the penalties dealt out to them were a mere slap on the wrist.Read more
ABC NEWS RADIO
THURSDAY, 28 JUNE 2018
SUBJECTS: Malcolm Turnbull’s $80 billion tax cut for big business; By-elections.
FIONA ELLIS-JONES: Labor’s Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and joins us now this morning. Andrew Leigh, thanks for your time today.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Pleasure, Fiona. Great to be with you.
ELLIS-JONES: Please can you clarify this – will Labor limit tax cuts to firms with turnovers no higher than $2 million?
LEIGH: Fiona, we’ve been absolutely clear that we’re putting investment in hospitals and schools ahead of big business tax cuts. You’d have to have been living under a rock if you’d missed that message from Labor. We’ve said clearly that for businesses under $2 million turnover – that’s nine out of 10 Australian businesses – they’ll get the same tax cut under Labor. And we’re continuing to consider our position for businesses between $2 and $10 million of turnover.
THURSDAY, 28 JUNE 2018
SUBJECTS: Malcolm Turnbull’s lack of action on tax havens, the Government’s war on charities, company tax.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good morning. My name is Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer.
We know that Malcolm Turnbull has been soft on the big end of town, but again yesterday in Question Time he claimed that his multinational anti-avoidance laws had raised significant revenue for the government. Last time Malcolm Turnbull made a claim like this, we had to write to the Tax Commissioner to find out the truth. So yesterday, I did that again. I’ve written formally to the Tax Commissioner to find out precisely how much revenue the Liberals’ multinational tax laws have raised.
We know that the Liberals have a history of telling porkies on multinational tax. They claimed credit for the Chevron judgement, which added $300 million to the budget, despite the fact that they had voted against those very laws in the parliament. And we’ve seen the Liberals again and again oppose Labor’s sensible measures to close multinational tax loopholes.
LABOR STANDS FOR TAX TRANSPARENCY
FEDERATION CHAMBER, 26 JUNE 2018
Dr ANDREW LEIGH: This is a motion based on a lie. Labor never voted against the multinational anti-avoidance law. Let me say that again for the benefit of the member for Goldstein, who moved the motion. This is a motion based on a lie, a falsehood. The member is misleading the House. Labor never voted against the multinational anti-avoidance law. I know this—
TIM WILSON: Did you support it?
LEIGH: Yes, Labor did support it, remember? I will take that interjection from the member for Goldstein. I refer the member to the Senate Hansard, 9 November 2015. Senator Dastyari said:
'Labor's position is that we support this bill.'
WILSON: What about the House?
LEIGH: The member for Goldstein asks about the House. I will come to the House, Member for Goldstein. There's not a moment in which Labor did not support the bill.
LEIGH: The problem with the member for Goldstein is he thinks that if a lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth. He thinks, because he's sat in the House—
Government members interjecting—
DEPUTY SPEAKER: Members will be quite, please.
LEIGH: and he's heard the talking point from the Treasurer and the minister for revenue, that somehow it's okay to continue to mislead the House.Read more
YOUR CAR, YOUR CHOICE
Federation Chamber, 25 June 2018
That this House:
(1) declares that:
(a) given new cars have multiple onboard computers, real time access to digital files and codes—which vary from car to car—are needed to complete many aspects of a repair or service;
(b) car manufacturers generally own and control this technical information and in many cases are the only sources of re-initialisation codes and software upgrades;
(c) independent car repairers—who comprise the vast majority of Australian mechanics—are at a competitive disadvantage, since most car manufacturers do not supply the same information to independent mechanics that they provide to authorised dealers;
(d) the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s report New car retailing industry market study (14 December 2017) concluded that the industry’s voluntary code has failed to address the problem; and
(e) failure to address this problem is hurting small businesses, increasing prices for consumers, and providing less choice, with the impact being most acute in regional areas; and
(2) calls on the Government to adopt Labor’s policy of mandatory information sharing, which would:
(a) require car manufacturers to share technical information with independent mechanics on commercially fair and reasonable terms;
(b) create safeguards that enable environmental, safety and security related technical information to be shared with the independent sector; and
(c) provide a level playing field, benefiting consumers and independent mechanics alike.Read more
SUPPORTING SAFE ACCESS ZONES
Federation Chamber, 25 June 2018
No woman makes the decision to terminate a baby lightly. It is a decision best made in consultation with a medical practitioner and one which involves significant stress.
This is why safe access zones have been established in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. They reflect the history of women being harassed by anti-abortion protesters as they've sought to enter an abortion clinic.Read more
MONDAY, 25 JUNE 2018
SUBJECTS: Malcolm Turnbull’s big business handout; Labor’s plan for a bigger, better and fairer tax cut.
TOM CONNELL: Joining me live right now is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh. Thanks for your time today.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Pleasure, Tom.
CONNELL: Interesting turn it took today with this Labor ad attacking Malcolm Turnbull, saying he could benefit by millions. Do you really think that’s his motivation?
LEIGH: I think the Prime Minister has a bit of a glass jaw if he’s getting concerned over this sort of thing. This is a government which had two former Labor Prime Ministers dragged before Royal Commissions. Labor Leader Bill Shorten was called before a Royal Commission for two days. The government was attacking Tanya Plibersek and her husband in parliament last week. They’ve referred to Bill Shorten as being a ‘sycophant’, a ‘hypocrite’, accused him of taking ‘backhanders’. Now they’re unwilling to deal with the basic facts.Read more