Labor takes the wheel for mechanics in Macnamara - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
 
JOSH BURNS
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR MACNAMARA
 
LABOR TAKES THE WHEEL FOR MECHANICS IN MACNAMARA

Labor is driving a better deal for car owners and independent mechanics in Macnamara with a plan to make timely access to technical information a reality.

Whether you drive a Mini or a Honda, 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.

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Labor will back our subbies in Deakin - Media Release

BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
 
ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
MEMBER FOR FENNER

RAFF CICCONE

LABOR SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

SHIREEN MORRIS
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DEAKIN

LABOR WILL BACK OUR SUBBIES IN DEAKIN

Today, we met with sub-contractors in Deakin to discuss the benefits of Labor’s Tradie Pay Guarantee.

We heard stories of workers missing out on super, on pay cheques and on sleep due to dodgy companies running out on their responsibilities.

Subbies working on federal government projects will be protected from being left unpaid when dodgy businesses go bust through the implementation of Labor’s Tradie Pay Guarantee. A Shorten Labor Government will address this by requiring large Commonwealth construction projects to establish a specially structured account – using a cascading statutory trust - that ensures all businesses down the supply chain get paid on time.

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Stronger, better and fairer: the economy under Labor - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY
SHADOW MINISTER CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
 
JENNIFER YANG
LABOR 
CANDIDATE FOR CHISHOLM
 
STRONGER, BETTER AND FAIRER: THE ECONOMY UNDER LABOR

Today we met with Chisholm locals to discuss how a Shorten Labor Government will deliver a better, fairer economy for all Australians.

Labor will close the loopholes exploited by big multinationals to avoid paying their fair share of tax, boosting the budget by billions of dollars.

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Coalition all sizzle and no sausage on multinational tax avoidance - Media Release

COALITION ALL SIZZLE AND NO SAUSAGE ON MULTINATIONAL TAX AVOIDANCE

The Coalition’s approach to multinational tax avoidance boils down to two tactics: telling the public what they won’t do, and claiming credit for revenue raised by Labor’s laws (which they voted against in 2013).

The latest announcement by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is more of the same: explaining why he won’t implement a digital sales tax, while failing to offer any concrete action on multinational tax avoidance.

The Treasurer talks vaguely about supporting global reform of the tax system, but Australia is largely missing in action from the international reform process. We are no longer represented on the Steering Group of the OECD’s Inclusive Framework on BEPS - a key body that has been shaping the multinational tax reform agenda. 

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Ending tax refunds for franking credits - Op Ed, Launceston Examiner

ROSS HART

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BASS

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

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR FENNER

ENDING TAX REFUNDS FOR FRANKING CREDITS

Launceston Examiner, 21 March 2019

Tax loopholes occur when we write our tax laws in a way that inadvertently allows revenue to slip away. Those who use loopholes aren’t breaking the law, but the effect is that we don’t raise the revenue we need to fund vital services. 

That’s what’s happened with refundable franking credits.

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Upturning the Monopoly Board - Op Ed, Crikey

UPTURNING THE MONOPOLY BOARD

Crikey, 20 March 2019

As a parent, I hate the board game Monopoly. It never takes long before one lucky player has bought up a slab of real estate, and the rest are mortgaging their properties just to survive. No matter how happy the kids are when they start the game, it invariably seems to end up in tears.

As it turns out, that’s how most economists feel about real monopolies. From the British East India Company to Standard Oil, monopolies produce too little, and charge too much. Like the strongest kid in the schoolyard, they sometimes throw their weight around - threatening to bankrupt or buy off competitors. Monopolies can become fat and lazy, living off their dominant market position rather than looking for ways to produce better and cheaper products.

In recent decades, Australia’s monopoly problem has come into stark relief. To see the size of it, Australian National University researcher Adam Triggs and I analysed hundreds of Australian industries. Across half the economy, we found that the biggest four players controlled more than one-third of the market.

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National Schools Constitutional Convention - Speech, Parliament House

WELCOME EVENT - NATIONAL SCHOOLS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, 19 MARCH 2019

I acknowledge we’re meeting in the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people and pay my respects to elders past and present.

Who's visiting Canberra for the first time? Wonderful. Who's met Sean the prawn?

[laughter]

A few of you. Good to see. So for those hands that went up, you now know who to ask when you want an introduction to Sean the prawn, the most famous resident of the Marble Foyer - when Tony Smith isn't passing through.

[laughter]

You can take it for granted that you've got a Canberra based MP to welcome you to what I think it's the greatest city in Australia. You should not take it for granted that you just heard from the Speaker of the House. It's a very special thing to have Tony Smith here today. He doesn't only occupy the role of referee in the House of Representatives, he does it with a sense of purpose and grace, with an Australian egalitarianism and with a respect right across the Parliament has not been shared by all of his predecessors. Tony, on behalf of the other 149 members of the House, thank you for the important work you do for our great institution.

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Future of mortgage lending in Australia - Speech, Canberra

FUTURE OF MORTGAGE LENDING IN AUSTRALIA

CANBERRA, 19 MARCH 2019

Thanks very much, Mark, and can I acknowledge we're meeting on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal people and pay my respect their elders past and present. I thank Australian Finance Group, Connective and Mortgage Choice for putting on today's event.

I acknowledge my fellow panellists – Mark Hewitt, Mark Nocera and Mark Haron.

When it comes to the question session, please do feel free to call me Mark.

[laughter]

That will ensure that the panel gets full marks.

[laughter]

Did I mention that I’m a dad?

For those of you who are visiting Canberra, welcome. The OECD determined this to be the most liveable region in the advanced world, so I hope you'll take a chance to enjoy the beautiful bush capital.

I'm sorry that we're not joined by a representative of the Coalition today. However, I can assure you that after nine years in politics and hundreds of Question Times, I can probably answer questions on their behalf too.

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Charities roundtable in Dunkley - Doorstop, Melbourne

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

DOORSTOP

MELBOURNE

MONDAY, 18 MARCH 2019

SUBJECTS: Ending the Coalition’s war on charities, wages growth. 

PETA MURPHY, LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DUNKLEY: Hi, I'm Peta Murphy, Labor's candidate for Dunkley. It's been absolutely terrific to have Andrew Leigh here today, the Shadow Minister for Charities.  We've held a roundtable with at least 20 organisations across the Dunkley electorate, talking about what makes a great charity, how community groups can get better support and better link with each other to help with volunteers, and generally talking about how a federal government can be of assistance to the amazing people that we already have here who are doing great work connecting and supporting other locals. So, thank you very much for being here today Andrew.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: It's a pleasure, Peta. A connection to community is what propelled Peta Murphy to stand for Dunkley. Her engagement with her local community, the strength of her civic connectedness is what marks her out as one of our extraordinary Labor candidates. We've appreciated today the insights from a range of different charities and not-for-profits in the Frankston area, working with Labor to ensure that we end the war on charities and begin the process of reconnecting Australia.

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Melbourne Reconnected roundtable a success - 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

RAFF CICCONE

LABOR SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

PETA MURPHY

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DUNKLEY

MELBOURNE RECONNECTED ROUNDTABLE A SUCCESS

Today, we held Labor’s 18th ‘Reconnected’ forum, this time with charities and not-for-profits in the Frankston region, exchanging ideas to boost social capital and community engagement.

Over the course of the last generation, Australians have become more disconnected. We are less likely to join community organisations or play organised sports. On average, Australians have fewer close friends, and know fewer neighbours. 

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