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 CANDIDATE FOR BOOTHBY
ADELAIDE RECONNECTED ROUNDTABLE A SUCCESS
Today, we held a successful ‘Reconnected’ forum with Adelaide charities and not-for-profits, exchanging ideas to boost social capital and community engagement.
Over the course of the last generation, there have been some worrying trends. Australians are less likely to join community organisations or play organised sports. Australians have fewer close friends, and are less likely to know our neighbours.
These are the trends Labor is trying to reverse as we hear from charities and organisations about what they’re doing to foster community and build social capital at a local level.
Today was our 17th Reconnected forum, having met with representatives across the sector in places such as Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Hobart, Darwin and the Central Coast of NSW.
Across these forums, we have had the chance to meet with representatives of more than 1500 Australian charities.
The local groups who joined today‘s conversation included:
- Active Elders Association
- Just Like Us Initiative
- Glenelg Community Hospital
Labor will give charities and community organisations a hand, and battlers a leg up.
Labor has been working to make sure our charities can spend more of their valuable tine and resources helping australian communities and to protect their role as voices for the community.
Since 2013, Andrew Leigh has had shadow ministerial responsibility for the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. During those five years, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has cycled through six ministers with responsibility for the charities commission. They appointed an anti-charities commissioner to white ant the sector and mounted a series of attacks on the rights of charities to speak for the community in public policy debates.
Australia’s charities deserve better.
We thank the organisations who participated in today‘s vital conversation for their energy and ideas, and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.
Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.