The Gender Equity Toolkit was created by Joanna Richards while seconded to my office.
Joanna spoke to parliamentarians, community organisers, advocates and experts about the things grassroots campaigners should know when taking their message to parliament.
The toolkit is available here.
If you or your organisation would like a print version of the booklet, please contact my office.
Without specialised staff and a clear, consistent and transparent strategy that gives the Australian Institute of Sport its driving direction, it cannot fulfil its role of fostering world class athletes.
The Australian Institute of Sport must be taken seriously and properly resourced if our budding athletes are expected to succeed.
Will you join me and sign my petition? Please sign in the form below.
Since its founding in 1981, the Australian Institute of Sport has been a vital part of our sporting prowess and is a proud symbol of our Capital. It been responsible for training some of our sporting legends, including Michael Klim, Cadel Evans and Sam Stosur.
But the Australian Institute of Sport is under threat due to staffing cuts and neglect. Since the Coalition got into government in 2013, the number of Canberra-based staff fell from 173 to 140. It has lost 70 sports specialists, and executives have indicated that there are more losses to come. Several sporting bodies have chosen to move their operations to other parts of Australia and many have avoided using the Institute altogether. Visitors lament that the campus is more like a ‘ghost town’ than a place where you can witness the next legend being made.
Despite the Turnbull government beginning development of a National Sports Plan last year, the Australian Institute of Sport seems to have been an insignificant part of the discussion. This has been confirmed by recent announcements that a business case for the future of the AIS is only now being developed, despite the Plan having already been released. This also comes after the Government has cut a swath of jobs from the Institute, including specialists that contribute years of experience in their craft. Rob de Castella, a former Director of the Institute and Australia’s greatest ever marathon runner, tweeted on 31 July:
‘The AIS was the biggest innovation and revolution in Australian sport, the greatest opportunity & service to the most talented & dedicated athletes, coaches, scientists & medicos. It is over #RIPAIS’.
I am calling on the government to stop the job cuts and get to work on a strategic plan for positioning the Australian Institute of Sport at the heart of Australia’s national sporting strategy.
Expressions of interest are open now for the fourth round of grants in the Stronger Communities Program.
If you have a project that will increase community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of Canberra's Northside, a Stronger Communities grant could help make it a reality.
Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are available for small capital works projects that meet the goals of the program and can show matched contributions (in cash or in kind) on at least a dollar for dollar basis.
Spread the word. You'll get a sense of the scope of the program from the details below. A link to a more detailed overview of the program can be found at the end of this page.
I'm looking forward to supporting some great community building projects again in this round. Please get in touch with my office if you want to discuss the program in more detail.
PLEASE SEND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is 5 October 2018.
Key aspects of this funding program:
- MPs will establish a community consultation committee to undertake consultation in their electorate to identify eligible projects and invite applicants to apply.
- Local government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
- Grants of between $2,500 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available.
- Applicants are required to confirm matched funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.
- You'll need to give a budget and plan for how you will carry our the project
- Funding of $150,000 per electorate per year will be allocated for successful applications.
To get you thinking, here are some examples of the kinds of project the grants would support:
- construction and fit-out of men’s sheds
- fit-out of community centres, health centres including kitchen upgrades and equipment purchases such as computers, TVs and furniture and fittings
- sporting facility upgrades including new scoreboards, seating, new turf, fit-out out of changes rooms, new canteen, new lights, upgrade water systems, gymnasiums, skate parks
- bike paths
- purchase of equipment for local SES.
Here are some further guidelines that will help you work out if your project is eligible for a grant:
To be eligible for funding an Applicant must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an incorporated entity, such as:
- a local government agency or body
- a not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity; or
- a trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset.
The following organisations are not eligible for funding:
- a for-profit organisation;
- an individual;
- a partnership;
- a Commonwealth government agency or body;
- a university, technical college, school or hospital; or
- a Regional Development Australia Committee
To be eligible for funding a project must:
- be for capital purchases/activities; and
- contribute to an improvement in local community participation and cohesion and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of the community o claims against this requirement must be described.
- scheduled for completion by 30 June 2019
The following items are considered to be ineligible for funding:
- expenditure incurred prior to the announcement that the project has been successful in its application for funding;
- provision of services and support activities;
- payment of salaries for existing staff or contractors;
- recurring or ongoing expenditure (eg annual maintenance);
- projects that seek funding to stage events, exhibit a display or for filming;
- projects to undertake studies or investigations;
- purchase of land or buildings; or
- projects that involve the development of private or commercial ventures including licensed areas of registered clubs
This grant program is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities). The departmental guidelines can be found here.
Federation Chamber, 20 June 2018
We've seen yesterday Apple Australia receiving $9 million in fines as a result of misleading consumers about their rights under Australian Consumer Law to get their products repaired. This is another slap-on-the-wrist penalty, following penalties in the Nurofen case which were noted by a number of experts and jurists to be inadequate.Read more
BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION
Federation Chamber, 20 June 2018
Then we have the Liberals' approach to banking misconduct. Following the Storm Financial collapse in 2009, Labor's Bernie Ripoll convened a parliamentary joint committee inquiry into the role of the financial services sector, spending nearly a year examining the industry and producing an important report.Read more
YOUR CAR, YOUR CHOICE
Federation Chamber, 20 June 2018
Over a year ago, Labor called on the government to act on the problem that's facing independent mechanics who aren't getting access to the software updates they need to fix modern cars. Modern cars are computers on wheels, with 20 to 50 onboard computers. Without access to those data, independent mechanics can't fix cars. Independent mechanics account for about four in five mechanics in Australia.Read more
TUESDAY 6 MARCH 2018
SUBJECTS: Time Use Survey announcement; Carmichael coal mine; Batman.
TANYA PLIBERSEK, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Thanks very much for coming out this morning. I'm delighted to be with my colleague Andrew Leigh and with Professor Marian Baird to announce that if re-elected a Labor Government would commit around $15 million to the Australian Bureau of Statistics undertaking a time use survey in both 2020 and 2027.Read more
The Randomistas and insights of Randomised Controlled Trials
Radio Interview on ABC RN Breakfast
Tuesday, 6 March 2018Read more
It's no wonder we're questioning the value of private healthcare
The Age, 5 March 2018
In 1976, the Fraser government created Medibank Private to provide competition to private health insurers. As Malcolm Fraser himself put it: ''Full and open competition between Medibank and the private funds … will do much to cut down the total cost of healthcare.''Read more
LABOR COMMITS TO TIME USE SURVEY
A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the evidence-base to help us better understand how government policies impact women.
A Labor Government will provide $15.2 million in funding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the Time Use Survey in 2020 and 2027.Read more