Labor’s transparency laws reveal that one in three big companies pay no tax - Media Release

LABOR’S TRANSPARENCY LAWS REVEAL THAT ONE IN THREE BIG COMPANIES PAY NO TAX

Data issued by the Australian Taxation Office today showed that 722 out of the 2109 companies examined failed to pay any tax the 2016-17 tax year. The companies that paid no tax include 100 firms reporting more than $1 billion in total income.

The only reason we know that one-third of large companies failed to pay any tax is because of Labor’s tax transparency laws, which passed the Parliament in 2013 amid objections from the Coalition. This is the same Coalition which voted against Labor’s 2012 tax laws, which were directly responsible for BHP being forced to pay a $529 million tax bill 24 days ago.

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Labor will make remittances more transparent, cheaper and fairer - Transcript, Doorstop

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

JENNIFER YANG

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CHISHOLM

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DOORSTOP

MELBOURNE

THURSDAY, 13 DECEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: Labor's plans to make remittances simpler and fairer; Labor’s plans to fund hospitals and schools and deliver bigger budget surpluses over the four years and over the medium term.

JENNIFER YANG, LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CHISHOLM: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming to one of our media conferences today. I just want to quickly introduce Andrew Leigh – Dr Andrew Leigh is our Shadow Assistant Treasurer and today we're just going to talk about one of the policies Labor is adopting in terms of remittances overseas, sending money overseas. Now I’ll pass over to Andrew to talk to you more about this policy.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Terrific. Thanks very much, Jennifer, and thanks to all of you for being here today. As you know, Jennifer is Labor’s terrific candidate for Chisholm and she is somebody with whom I've been working extensively as Tony Burke and I have developed this policy to make remittances more transparent, cheaper and fairer.

We know that every year Australians send billions of dollars overseas to family and friends. This might be taxi drivers working an extra shift to help out somebody who's fallen on hard times back home. It could be someone who's working a bit extra in a pharmacy in order to help put a nephew through school. Remittances are larger in size than overseas aid. At a time when Australia's overseas aid budget has been cut by the Coalition, remittances are more important than ever.

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Sharing Our Luck - Op Ed, The Chronicle

SHARING OUR LUCK

The Chronicle, 11 December 2018

When his employer closed the business, Sam lost his job. It didn’t take long before their savings ran out and his family of five couldn’t afford their $500 a week rental. They are now couch-surfing with another family of five, hoping that they are able to find stable accommodation before Natasha, Sam’s wife, gives birth.

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Through activism, students get to learn - Speech, House of Representatives

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 6 DECEMBER 2018

Lionel Murphy put it best when he said, 'Mr Neal is entitled to be an agitator,' in support of the notion that our civil society is richer when we encourage people to dissent, to complain, to speak out, on issues where they have a different view.

In our schools we frequently have student representative councils and debating competitions. Here in the parliament we have the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program, PACER, which even today is bringing to this building school students to engage in the process of parliament. It is bringing students to our national capital so they can better understand our civil society. When I was at school, I protested in Martin Place against education changes being made by Terry Metherell, an experience from which I learned a great deal, not just about education but about the process of making a difference, as students do when they join peaceful protests against laws with which they disagree.

So it was surprising to hear the Prime Minister say, 'We do not support our schools being turned into parliaments,' when in fact that is what a government program does in many schools, to allow students to learn about civics.

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Marriage equality, one year on - Op Ed, The Chronicle

MARRIAGE EQUALITY – ONE YEAR ON

The Chronicle, 4 December 2018

One of the most magical moments I’ve experienced in parliament was on 7 December 2017, when we passed marriage equality.

In the galleries, hundreds of LGBT+ campaigners stood and applauded. Then they began to sing:

We are one, but we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream and sing with one voice

I am, you are, we are Australian.

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Shane Madden - Speech, House of Representatives

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 3 DECEMBER 2018

Shane Madden was one of Canberra's finest lawyers. He was part of the senior leadership team when the ACT Department of Public Prosecutions was formed under Ken Crispin in 1991. ACT Bar Association President Steve Whybrow said:

Shane was a fine trial advocate whose dark emerald robes and pinstripe pants were a defining sartorial feature.

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Who is this Scott Morrison guy and how did he get here? - Transcript, Sky News AM Agenda

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TV INTERVIEW

SKY NEWS AGENDA

MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: World leaders’ game of guess who at the G20, Malcolm Turnbull’s call for an early election, encryption legislation, power.

KEIRAN GILBERT: Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh, I want to start on encrypted technology, the new laws that the government wants introduced before Christmas because the agencies are saying we're heading into a season of increased threat. Labor needs to get something agreed to this week, don't you, in the interests of national security?

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Kieran, as we understand it, this is an issue first raised with the government in 2014 and legislation was only brought forward in September of this year. It's important with any significant change we're making, particularly around issues such as encryption, that we get it right. As Law Council of Australia has said today, this kind of process shouldn't be rushed and that's the way in which this joint committee has in the past worked - making 300 sensible changes to 15 pieces of legislation to make Australians safer. But many experts are warning that the law is currently drafted to make Australians less safe, would open new opportunities for cyber criminals and terrorists. Labor is concerned, as are many experts, about the implications I could have for Australian security.

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Where is Malcolm Trumble? - Transcript, Doorstop

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DOORSTOP

CANBERRA

MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2018

SUBJECTS: World leaders’ game of guess who at the G20, Malcolm Turnbull’s call for an early election, trade, inequality, encryption legislation.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Good morning. My name is Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and federal Member for Fenner. This weekend Scott Morrison was in Argentina, where Donald Trump was asking the questions so many Australians are asking: “where is Malcolm Trumble? What have you done with him? Why did you change the government?” Angela Merkel, like many Australians, is puzzled as to who Scott Morrison is. Like many Australians, having to consult their own cheat sheets in order to work out what the Liberal Party has done. Because unlike Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull actually faced an election. And indeed when he first entered parliament, unlike Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull fairly won a contested preselection.

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Grab bag of half-measures will not properly help small businesses or the vulnerable - Media Release

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

MADELEINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRAND

A GRAB BAG OF HALF-MEASURES WILL NOT PROPERLY HELP SMALL BUSINESSES OR THE VULNERABLE

Stuart Robert’s latest policy-on-the-run insults Australian small business.

The Minister’s hasty attempts fundamentally miss the point about access to justice for all taxpayers, including the most vulnerable in the community and businesses of all sizes.

The Government needs to fully adopt Labor’s plan - announced 90 days ago - for an independent Second Commissioner for appeals to handle tax disputes for all taxpayers, particularly all small businesses irrespective of their structure or size. It’s a plan which was recommended by the Inspector-General of Taxation, as well as the bipartisan Joint Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue.

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Foreign Donations Law: Third Party Support - Media Release

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

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

FOREIGN DONATIONS LAW: THIRD PARTY SUPPORT

“Hands Off Our Charities welcomes the passing of this version of the Bill through the House of Representatives today and is pleased to see a much more sensible Bill get bipartisan support. In December 2017, the Australian Government introduced a flawed Bill which proposed sweeping new constraints and regulation of civil society advocacy. There was an outpouring of opposition to the reforms from charities, community groups, business groups, academics and more. [In April this year] Opposition Leader Bill Shorten released a statement saying that it was the Australian Labor Party’s policy to ban foreign donations but that Labor wouldn’t “support anything that punishes the charity and not-for-profit sector”. The willingness of all parties to work with us to improve this Bill is an important recognition of the role that charities and not-for-profit organisations play in keeping governments accountable and advocating for the public good. This is how democracy should work – civil society speaking up, and parliament working with us cooperatively.”

- Hands Off Our Charities (signatories: Amnesty International Australia, Anglicare Australia,  Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Council for International Development, Australian Council of Social Service, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Australian Progress, Caritas Australia, Climate Council of Australia, Digital Rights Watch, Friends of the Earth Australia, Global Health Alliance Melbourne, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Human Rights Law Centre, Humane Society International Australia, Jesuit Social Services, National Association of Community Legal Centres, Oxfam Australia, People with Disability Australia, Pew Charitable Trusts, Philanthropy Australia, Public Health Association of Australia, Queensland Community Alliance, RESULTS International (Australia), St Vincent de Paul Society National Council, Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, WWF-Australia and 350 Australia)

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