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Territories’ right to legislate on voluntary assisted dying

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC RADIO CANBERRA MORNINGS WITH ADAM SHIRLEY

MONDAY, 24 MAY 2021
 
SUBJECTS: Territories’ right to legislate on voluntary assisted dying  
 
ADAM SHIRLEY, HOST: Andrew Leigh is the Federal Labor Member for Fenner. He's planning on moving a motion in Parliament that would assert the ACT's right to govern for itself, including on the issue of voluntary assisted dying. Andrew Leigh, good morning to you. Thanks for your time.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Good morning, Adam. I loved your introduction there, talking about a young child. You know, you think about the ACT Assembly being eight years old when the Andrews Bill was passed, taking away the power to legislate over euthanasia, and as you say it's now a grown-up jurisdiction. It's in its 30s with all the maturities of the state parliaments, half of which have passed laws enabling euthanasia.

 

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Labor is the party of jobs and better wages

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RADIO INTERVIEW
2SM MARCUS PAUL IN THE MORNING
TUESDAY, 18 MAY 2021

 
SUBJECTS: Indigenous Marathon Foundation; Government’s vaccine rollout failure; climate change and jobs policy; National Volunteer Week; funding for National Archives.
 
MARCUS PAUL, HOST: Welcome to the program, If you're just tuning in on this very chilly Tuesday morning. Let's go to Canberra, Andrew Leigh is there. Andrew, good morning.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: G’day Marcus. It's great to be with you. 

PAUL: Thank you, mate. I think it's cold here in Sydney Town, but I've lived in Canberra. Tell me, brass monkey stuff, we had a -3 degree morning the other morning. How is it today? 

LEIGH: Well, it's great if you've got the right clothes, Marcus. The key to Canberra winter is to have a good lot of jumpers. If you're running, make sure you’ve got the leggings and the hats and the gloves, and then it's beautiful. 

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Labor thanks Australia's 6 million volunteers

LINDA BURNEY MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

ANDREW LEIGH
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES

LABOR THANKS AUSTRALIA’S 6 MILLION VOLUNTEERS

 

National Volunteers Week gives us all a chance to celebrate the organisations working to build stronger and more inclusive communities. Federal Labor is marking the start of National Volunteers Week by thanking the nearly 6 million volunteers across Australia.

 

Volunteering and volunteers make a valuable contribution to communities around Australia: bringing people together through sport; supporting fellow Australians during emergencies; and building social capital and cohesion in community groups. Our communities are healthier, happier and more resilient when these bonds of support are strong.

 

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Your Car Your Choice Finally Enacted

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

THURSDAY, 13 MAY 2021

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I rise to speak on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme) Bill 2021 and I move the second reading amendment that has been circulated in my name:

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

"whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House notes that the Government's unnecessary delays in delivering a level playing field for independent mechanics have hurt small businesses and consumers".

It was Mother's Day 2018, at JAX Tyres in Essendon, when the former Leader of the Opposition and I announced Labor's 'Your Car, Your Choice' policy. We announced that, following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's 2017 report—its New car retailing industry market study—Labor would put in place a mandatory code requiring manufacturers to share with independent mechanics the information they need to fix modern cars.

 

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Government has a credibility deficit to go with their budget deficit

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ABD RADIO PERTH MORNINGS WITH NADIA MITSOPOLOUS

WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021
 
SUBJECTS: Budget 2021
 
NADIA MITSOPOLOUS, HOST: Dr Andrew Leigh, good morning to you.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Good morning, Nadia. Great to be with you.

 

MITSOPOLOUS: Does this budget, and the huge social investment, earn your praise?

 

LEIGH: Well, this is a trillion dollars of debt and so little to show for it, Nadia. You don't have the investment in climate change, you don't have proper solutions to aged care, such as the 24/7 nurses that the Royal Commission recommended, and you've got some real oddities. Roe 8 is still in the budget, costing $1.2 billion, despite the fact that the people of Western Australia have voted against it at the last two state elections. You don't have funding for a Headspace Centre in the Perth CBD. I was talking to Patrick Gorman this morning and he will continue to campaign strongly on that. He can't see why you'd be creating more Headspace Centres and not putting one in the Perth CBD. The budget doesn't tell us how much Christian Porter spent on supporting Clive Palmer's High Court challenge to Western Australia's border closure. There are really big questions that the budget fails to answer.

 

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Government takes debt over $1 trillion with little to show for it

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5AA MORNINGS WITH LEON BYNER

WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021
 
SUBJECTS: Budget 2021
 
LEON BYNER, HOST: Now on the line I have a professor of ANU economics. He's got a lot to say on budgets. His name is Dr Andrew Leigh. Andrew, it's a pleasure to talk with you.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: It's a pleasure to talk with you as well, Leon.

 

BYNER: Now, tell me about your opinion of the budget delivered by Mr Frydenberg.

 

LEIGH: It's a very expensive budget. Debt goes to $1 trillion, from the party that printed those 'Back in Black' mugs a couple of years back, and there's so little to show for it, Leon. You don't have the investment in renewable energy, you don't have the investment in education, you don't have COVID vaccine rollout happening in time. Yet there's a real spendathon which is focused on the next election, and yet not focused on setting us up for the growth that we need in the decades to come.

 

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The Coalition have seen Australia's economy and society slip backwards

SPEECH TO THE FEDERATION CHAMBER

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021

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At the outset I commend Julian Hill, the member for Bruce, for bringing this important motion before the House. This motion that's before the House is grounded in the very careful analysis that the member for Bruce has done, going through the myriad of ways in which the Australian economy and society have slipped backwards under this coalition government. He has documented that real wages in Australia were 0.7 per cent lower in 2019 compared to 2013. And in last night's budget we saw the terrifying news that, at the end of the forward estimates, wages in real terms will be lower than they were at the beginning of the forward estimates.

 

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A Budget of half measures

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RADIO INTERVIEW 2CC, STEPHEN CENATIEMPO BREAKFAST SHOW

WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021

 

SUBJECTS: Budget 2021

STEPHEN CENATIEMPO , HOST: We're joined now by Andrew Leigh, the Labor member for Fenner. He's also the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities. Andrew, I said to your leader, Anthony Albanese, early this morning that was a very Labor budget last night.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Well, if you want a real Labor Government you need to elect one, rather than having a government which for many years has been cutting aged care and has now decided it cares about aged care.

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Government spendathon is just about the election

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC RADIO CANBERRA MORNINGS WITH ADAM SHIRLEY
WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021
 
SUBJECT: Budget 2021.

 
ADAM SHIRLEY, HOST: Let's get the take of Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Labor Member for Fenner, Dr Andrew Leigh. He's with us now on ABC Radio Canberra. Dr Leigh, thank you for your time.

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Pleasure, Adam. Great to be with you.

SHIRLEY: Lots more money for aged care, childcare and other vulnerable people in society. Do you endorse a number of these spending measures from the Government?

LEIGH: Adam, what this budget fails to do is to tackle some of the really big problems that exist in areas like aged care. We know that the Royal Commission recommended that there be 24/7 registered nurse cover in aged care homes and the budget fails to deliver it. We know that there is a crisis in family violence, but we're supposed to believe that the Government that axed the Family Court is now going to address it.

SHIRLEY: Well they've put over $1 billion towards domestic violence and support services, so is that not directly addressing some of these issues that have been raised?

LEIGH: Those additional expenditures should be welcomed, but don't forget that the axing of the Family Court was specifically recommended against by family violence groups. We know that the vaccination of the Australian population is critical to opening up the economy, and the Government's badly bungled the vaccine rollout and quarantine, which jeopardises sectors like international education, which you were speaking about before with Zed. We know that climate change is one of the core issues facing Australia, and yet the Government still won't even commit to net zero emissions by 2050, a target that every state and territory and every credible business group had already signed up to.

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Budget 2021: Big Dollars, Small Ambition

BUDGET 2021: BIG DOLLARS, SMALL AMBITION

CANBERRA BUSINESS CHAMBER AND INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS BUDGET BREAKFAST

WEDNESDAY, 12 MAY 2021

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It’s a pleasure to be speaking again to you at today’s budget breakfast. This is the eighth Liberal budget I’ve discussed at this breakfast. They’ve been quite a rollercoaster.

In 2014, the Liberals were going to introduce a Medicare co-payment, change pension indexation from wages to prices, and cut the CSIRO.

In subsequent years, budgets from Treasurer Scott Morrison saw billions ripped out of the ABC, hospitals, schools and aged care.

Last year, the budget’s centrepiece was the JobMaker program. Forecast to create 450,000 jobs, it fell just short. 449,000 jobs short, to be precise.

 

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