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ABC Adelaide Drive with Jo Laverty Wednesday 22 May - Transcript

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ABC ADELAIDE DRIVE WITH JO LAVERTY
WEDNESDAY, 22 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Unethical fundraising practices, Reform to the Privacy Act, ‘Randomistas’ and the value of randomised trials.

JO LAVERTY, HOST: We all know times are tough. We're tightening our belts, and so collecting for charities must be a very difficult job. At the moment, people are giving less because they can afford less. But then there are those charity collectors who go that little step further to try and commit you to ongoing payments, and sometimes it's without you realising. Andrew Leigh is the Federal Assistant Minister for Charities and is saying that this is not cool. He has made a speech to the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Minister, welcome. This sounds diabolical that the elderly people in particular are signing up for ongoing payments that they simply can't afford.

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: Thanks for taking an interest in the story. I'm not sure I'd describe it as ‘diabolical’. I think most charities are out there doing the right thing, adhering to strict ethical codes. But I did want to flag to the charitable fundraising industry that this small number of problematic cases really does risk tarnishing the whole sector. I told the story about a 73-year-old from Bendigo, about a 79-year-old from Queensland, both of whom found that they had signed up to many, many ongoing donations, and their families felt that they were perhaps just a bit confused about how many sign-ups they'd made, and it was draining their bank accounts at a remarkably quick rate.

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ABC Radio Brisbane Breakfast with Steve Austin Wednesday 22 May - Transcript

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ABC BRISBANE BREAKFAST WITH STEVE AUSTIN
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Future Made in Australia plan, Value of evaluation in public policy, Impact of beauty on electability, Australian Centre for Evaluation, Benefits of Digital ID.

STEVE AUSTIN, HOST: My next guest is a federal parliamentarian, I went back and read his first, his maiden speech to parliament and he said, and I quote; “My research has also taught me that good intentions are not enough. What we need in Australia policy today is not more ideologues convinced that their prescriptions are the answer, but modest reformers willing to try new solutions and discover whether they actually deliver results.” The person that said that is Australia's Assistant Minister for Employment, Treasury and Competition. He's also the Charities Minister, and he's in Brisbane this morning, representing the Prime Minister at the Queensland Volunteering Awards this morning at city hall. Andrew Leigh, lovely to see you back in Brisbane.

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: Great to be back with you and your listeners.

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ABC Canberra Breakfast with Adam Shirley Wednesday 22 May - Transcript

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ABC CANBERRA BREAKFAST WITH ADAM SHIRLEY
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Unethical fundraising practices, reform of fundraising principles, best ways to donate to charities.

ADAM SHIRLEY, HOST: I don't know whether you give to charity or charities. If you volunteer, if you donate money. If you donate money, how do you do it? A real worry that some charities, and maybe companies contracted to work for them in Australia, are using less than above board practices to get you to give. And the work of some charities- most, in fact, Andrew Leigh, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury. The work of a lot of these charities is not in dispute. But I wonder, personally, how much concern do you have on the ways they're collecting money?

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: Most charities are doing exactly the right thing, and I'm a strong champion of the charity sector, but I'm giving a speech today to the Fundraising Institute of Australia, sounding the alarm about a number of troubling cases in which fundraisers have been chasing down elderly Australians and signing them up for ongoing payments that are beyond what they can afford. I want to make it clear to the charitable fundraising sector that the high trust with which Australians regard charities rests on strong ethical conduct in the fundraising sector. In the context of Pareto Phone collapsing last year, a fundraiser which raised money for organisations like the Cancer Council and Fred Hollows. We all need to make sure that those fundraisers have a strong social licence to operate.

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ABC Melbourne with Ali Moore Friday 17 May - Transcript

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ABC MELBOURNE DRIVE WITH ALI MOORE
FRIDAY 17 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: JobSeeker, Support for long term unemployed, AEC Transparency Register.  

ALI MOORE, HOST: Andrew Leigh is Assistant Minister for Employment. Andrew Leigh, welcome to Drive.

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: Thanks, Ali, great to be with you and your listeners.

MOORE: How concerned are you by the length of time some people are spending on JobSeeker payments?

LEIGH: Clearly we know from academic research that the longer someone spends out of work the more, what we call "scarring effect" there can be; people can get discouraged, their skills can start to atrophy, and they can become disconnected from the labour market. We do have an historically low unemployment rate at the moment, so means having an unemployment of 4.1 per cent is by any historical standards a very strong performance of the labour market, but that's not to mean that there aren't some people who are missing out, and the figures you've talked to are certainly concerning. The best way in which we can ensure that everyone has a job is to maintain those low levels of unemployment.

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Sky Newsday with Kieran Gilbert Thursday 16 May - Transcript

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SKY NEWSDAY WITH KIERAN GILBERT
THURSDAY 16 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Middle East Conflict; Jobs Figures

KIERAN GILBERT, HOST: Let's bring in the Assistant Minister for Competition Charities and Treasury, Andrew Leigh. And we see images of the protest movement happening in Irvine, California, at the University of California. This motion being moved in the Senate, critical of the statement used by a member of your caucus, Senator Fatima Payman.

Should the Prime Minister be calling your Labor colleague to pull her into line?

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: The Prime Minister has made it clear that that statement isn't acceptable, Kieran. Australia has committed to a two-state solution. We support a humanitarian ceasefire. We're calling for the return of hostages. We have called on both sides to support a two-state solution. The slogan you refer to has been used by extremists on both sides of the conflict. It isn't consistent with a two-state solution which enjoys bipartisan support in Australia.

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ABC Canberra Drive With Ross Solly - May 16 2024

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ABC CANBERRA DRIVE WITH ROSS SOLLY
WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Budget 2024; Tax Cuts for Every Australian Taxpayer; Energy Bill Relief for Every Household; Funding for ACT Infrastructure; Canberra to Sydney Rail Link

ROSS SOLLY (HOST): Here's a statistic for you, Andrew Leigh. I know you like your statistics.

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: Absolutely.

SOLLY: Should everyone get the $300 energy bill rebate on our ABC Canberra Drive poll at the moment, you'd be happy to know 55 per cent of ABC Canberra Drive listeners say yes, 45 per cent say no, Andrew Leigh.

LEIGH: The simple answer to the 45 per cent is that energy companies don't know your income, they don't know your wealth. What they know is whether you're a concession card holder.

If you're a government and you're rolling out energy bill relief, you can either do it to everyone or you can do it just to concession card holders. You can't do any more fine-grained targeting than that. Our view was that middle-income Australians were doing it tough, and we wanted to extend energy bill relief to them. So, the most straightforward way of doing that was to provide it to everyone.

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Afternoon Briefing Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Transcript

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AFTERNOON BRIEFING WITH GREG JENNETT
WEDNESDAY 15 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Budget 2024; Tax Cuts for Every Australian Taxpayer; Energy Bill Relief for Every Household; A Future Made in Australia

GREG JENNETT (HOST): Well, time for some government perspective now on all things Budget. Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Treasury matters, so closely linked to the processes and the planning that got us here. And Andrew's back with us in the studio. Welcome once again.

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMPETITION, CHARITIES AND TREASURY ANDREW LEIGH: Thanks, Greg.

JENNETT: Energy bill relief. Is the Government claiming in giving $300 to every household that you are at least in part, making good on the $275 reduction promise?

LEIGH: That hasn't been at the forefront of our thinking. Really, this is about providing energy bill relief at a time when households are under pressure. We've done it this way because it's the most efficient and straightforward way of providing that energy bill relief and because it reduces inflation. So, that's making the Reserve Bank's job easier. It's really important that fiscal and monetary policy work closely together. We've done that in past Budgets. We've done that again in this Budget.

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Albanese Government Injects Over $350 Million In Canberra To See Our City Thrive - Joint Transcript

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ALBANESE GOVERNMENT INJECTS OVER $350 MILLION IN CANBERRA TO SEE OUR CITY THRIVE

The Albanese Government values Canberra’s role as the national capital and is making the investments in the 2024-25 Budget to rollout transformative projects and upgrade local infrastructure that will support our growing city to thrive.

Only a Federal Labor Government can work hand-in-hand with the ACT Labor Government to deliver the investments that Canberra needs to grow, while supporting local jobs and maintaining Canberra as the national capital.

This Federal Budget will inject almost $250 million to revitalise the AIS facilities in Bruce and ensure they are modern and fit-for-purpose for Australia’s elite and aspiring athletes.

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2CC Canberra Drive with Leon Delaney - Friday 10 May - Transcript

SUBJECTS: Australian Institute of Sport Funding; Canberra Stadium; Ironman; Budget; Cost of Living relief; making HECS fairer; Commonwealth Prac Payment; Hamas-Israel Conflict; University Protests; High Court decision

LEON DELANEY (HOST): First up today the Federal Member for Fenner, the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities, Treasury, Employment and probably a few other things that we don't know about. Andrew Leigh. Good afternoon.

ANDREW LEIGH: Good afternoon, Leon. I have to reassure you and your listeners there's no secret ministries with me.

DELANEY: I'm very relieved to hear that. Canberra's been getting a lot of love in the last couple of days. Obviously, we saw earlier this week the report from the committee inquiry into making Canberra great again, because I find that, as a phrase, much easier to remember than the actual name of the inquiry. And there were a lot of positives to come out of that. Today, of course, we've seen the announcement of $250 million for the revitalisation of the Australian Institute of Sport. What will that pay for?

LEIGH: Well, this is going to pay, Leon, as you said, for important investments in making sure that the AIS is ready for Brisbane 2032. That'll include the accommodation and the work around that precinct. The AIS, formed in 1981, was fundamental to Australia's success in the Sydney 2000 games. And we're investing again, eight years out from Brisbane in order to make sure that this facility is world class. That reflects the Federal Government's commitment to Canberra. You've had the investment in the National Art Gallery, the National Museum, in light rail. We are a government who takes Canberra seriously and recognises that investing in Canberra, is investing in the nation and investing in the nation's capital. This is really exciting. It was great to be out there this morning and chatting away with some of the sports people, including triathlete Zoe Clarke and runner Michael Roeger, as well as others in various sports who are going to be part of the future of elite sport.

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Transcript - HIT 1047 Wilko and Courts Monday 6 May 2024

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HIT104.7 WILKO AND COURTS
MONDAY, 6 MAY 2024

SUBJECTS: Port Macquarie Ironman, Making HECS-HELP fairer.

NEIL WILCOCK (HOST): I know that a lot of people who are listening might have student debt if obviously you racked it up while you're at school and then maybe, like, you've just been in the workforce for a little while, but you haven't been earning enough to start paying things back, so maybe you've got quite a lot there. So, we've got MP Andrew Leigh on the phone. Good morning, Andrew.

ASSISTANT MINISTER ANDREW LEIGH: G'day. Great to be with you.

WILCOCK: Oh, there you are. Andrew, quickly, we know that you're away at the moment, so you're not in town. Is it because you're going to be an Ironman? Is that what you were doing?

LEIGH: Yes. I raced the Port Macquarie Ironman yesterday as my third Ironman. So, I think that now makes me the only politician stupid enough to have done all three Australian Ironman races.

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