SKY NEWS AM AGENDA
MONDAY, 28 JANUARY 2019
SUBJECTS: Labor’s positive policies for the economy, Tony Abbott and Warringah, Labor’s plan to level the playing field for first home buyers, Coalition resignations, political parenting.
KIERAN GILBERT: Joining us now is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh. Andrew Leigh, thanks so much for your time.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Pleasure, Kieran.
GILBERT: Well, no secrets as to what the government's main argument will be not just this week, but after the budget and right up until the election in May.
LEIGH: Well, their main argument will be that they're not Labor. That seems to be their entire focus these days.Read more
CHRIS BOWEN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR MCMAHON
MADELEINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR RESOURCES
MEMBER FOR BRAND
ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
MEMBER FOR FENNER
LABOR BACKS SMALL BUSINESS BY MAKING UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS ILLEGAL
A Shorten Government will protect small business by making unfair contract terms illegal and punishable with significant fines of up to $10 million.
Australia’s current laws aren’t tough enough. While contracts terms that unfairly exploit a power imbalance between the two parties can be voided by a court, there’s no punishment for the entity exploiting its market power. This means there’s nothing discouraging the big end of town from pushing smaller dependent firms to sign onto unfair arrangements.Read more
Cuts to penalty rates add up - it can cost someone who typically already earns less than the average worker up to $1,400 a year.
That’s why, in our first 100 days in government, a Shorten Labor Government would restore Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for 700,000 workers.
Inequality is at a 75-year high with wages growing three times as fast for the top 10th as for the bottom 10th.
Can we still call Australia a fair country when we have so much wealth moving from the battlers to the billionaires?
The private jet market has doubled over the past decade, while legroom on commercial flights has shrunk.
Less cash shouldn't mean poor treatment.
Inequality, monopoly and beer - they have more in common than you think.
You might not have expected to find inequality in people’s smiles, but it’s there.
WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY 2019
SUBJECTS: Banks, credit squeeze.
LEON BYNER: Let's talk to the Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh. Andrew, good morning. Do you agree that we might and should expect this?
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good morning, Leon, and good morning your listeners. I certainly am concerned when you see this kind of behaviour going on by banks. I mean, it's one thing to make sure that you're doing your due diligence on a borrower, but it's another thing to be engaging in this sort of pretty intrusive involvement in people's lives. Just because you can see in your neighbour’s bathroom window, you shouldn’t start making comments on their body when you see them in the street. And the fact is we've got a bit of a credit squeeze on at the moment. The Council of Financial Regulators has warned of this last year. Philip Lowe the head of the Reserve Bank has warned about credit - having been quite loose for a number of years - now potentially becoming too tight. I think this is just the latest manifestation of it.Read more
REFUGEES ADD TO OUR RICH TAPESTRY
The Chronicle, 22 January 2019
A decade ago, Pakao Sorn came close to dying as she took her first steps towards a new life. Fleeing Burma on foot, she endured crowded detention centres, rough terrain, and so much rainfall that she thought she might drown.
A few years later, she found out that she had been granted refugee status in Australia. Her first thought was ‘Oh my god, so far away. I never flew before.’Read more
ABC NEWS 24 AFTERNOON LIVE
MONDAY, 21 JANUARY 2019
SUBJECTS: Politics and parenting, gender balance in political parties, Kelly O’Dwyer.
GEMMA VENESS: Returning to our earlier story, the resignation of Kelly O'Dwyer. For more on this, we're joined by the ABC’s chief political writer Annabel Crab and Labor MP Andrew Leigh also joins us from Canberra. Andrew Leigh, I will start with you. Kelly O'Dwyer's decision to quit politics and, as she has said, her desire for a third child - is this another point scored for the notion that work-life balance in federal politics could be a myth?
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: It’s a personal decision for Kelly and I wish her and her husband Jon all the best as they manage their lives from here on. The conversation has been partly around the challenge for the Liberal Party having now so few women, particularly in its senior ranks. They are closer to one in five, we're closer to one in two, and that means that they are more vulnerable to any particular resignation. But it’s opened up the conversation around juggling parenting and politics and that's something that I think is important for all political parents to talk about. Obviously women have it tougher, but making sure that that work-life balance is effective gives us a broader range of people who would be willing to put their hands up and go into politics if they think they don't have to choose between politics and a family.Read more