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

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

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

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
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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Five fresh facts you might not know about inequality - Op Ed, Canberra Times

Five fresh facts you might not know about inequality

The Canberra Times, 1 September 2018

Superyachts are getting longer. Recently, we learned that one of Australia’s richest men has progressed from a 21-metre long sports cruiser to a 27-metre flybridge cruiser. His latest is a 73-metre Hasna superyacht, worth $75 million. But it’s not the biggest privately-owned yacht in Australia. Another rich-lister owns a 74-metre Italian-made yacht.

In the world of luxury boats, one expert observes that ‘the client who 15 years ago would have been satisfied with a 40-metre yacht, which would then have been one of the largest yachts in the bay, is now surrounded by dozens of yachts of 60-70 metres, and this plants the seed that he really ought to upgrade.’ The world’s largest yachts now include multiple swimming pools, submersibles, jet skis, concert halls and dance floors. Running costs alone can be millions of dollars per year. Yet as investment banker Mark Carnegie notes, no matter how large megaboats get, ‘someone’s always got a bigger one’.

At the other end of the income spectrum, recreation looks a little different. As one low-income person put it, leisure spending ‘depends on the situation with bills and gas and electric and so forth’.  Another said that their only leisure is to smoke cigarettes. Recreational activities tend to involve walks and bicycle rides, with one study estimating that for poor Australians, spending $20 a week on recreation was a ‘generous amount’. When his friends go out for a meal to celebrate, one young unemployed man said ‘it’s quite embarrassing - I’ll just sit there and not eat’.

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Labor ensures small business gets a seat at Tax Office table - Media Release

CHRIS BOWEN MP
SHADOW TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR MCMAHON
 
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 SMALL BUSINESS
 
LABOR ENSURES SMALL BUSINESS GETS A SEAT AT TAX OFFICE TABLE

Labor is committed to giving all taxpayers – particularly small businesses – a fair appeals process when dealing with the Tax office.
 
Genuine concerns have been raised about engagement with small businesses about tax disputes, including the lack of a perceived and real structural separation within the Tax Office of officials who make tax assessments from those who handle disputes and appeals.

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Did the ATO waste taxpayer dough digging dirt for SloMo? - Media Release

CHRIS BOWEN MP
SHADOW TREASURER
MEMBER FOR MCMAHON
 
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
 
DID ATO WASTE TAXPAYER DOUGH DIGGING DIRT FOR SLOMO?

The full extent of Scott Morrison’s politicisation of independent institutions remains unknown with the Australian Tax Office refusing to provide details of work done for the now Prime Minister, months after being asked.
 
In May, The Australian newspaper reported on costings of Labor tax policies as part of a heavily biased drop seemingly from the former Treasurer.
 
The Tax Office was asked later that month whether it had done the costings at the behest of Mr Morrison’s office, but remains unwilling to answer even three months on, saying it would be a “an unreasonable diversion of resources” to provide a response. That could suggest that Scott Morrison has laboured the ATO with a lot of costings requests of Labor policies.

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