Unlike a number of Australian politicians tonight, I will be putting my name and address on my Census forms.
I will be doing this because the Census is an important national information gathering exercise and the integrity of its data flows through to many things that government does. It also affects the way in which non-government organisations try to work out how to deploy their resources.Read more
TUESDAY, 9 AUGUST 2016
SUBJECT/S: 2016 Census; Superannuation.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: For more on the Census, I am joined live in our Parliament House studio by shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.
Andrew Leigh, good morning.
ANDREW LEIGH: Good morning, Michael.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a number of politicians are not putting their names on the Census forms – are you?
ANDREW LEIGH: Yes I will be. I believe that the Census is an important national information gathering exercise.
But Michael I have been disappointed with the way in which the Government has explained their changes to the Census. They've more than doubled the period for which names and addresses will be retained. They've known for months they were making this change and yet successive ministers – Kelly O'Dwyer, Alex Hawke, Michael McCormack – have failed to make the case for that policy change to the Australian people.
MONDAY, 8 AUGUST 2016
SUBJECT/S: 2016 census.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: Thanks very much everyone for coming along today. My name is Andrew Leigh, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer. We've today heard from Michael McCormack, the Minister responsible for the Census, who one day before the Australian Census has told Australians that their concerns are “much ado about nothing”.
Frankly, the process we're facing has been a comedy of errors from the start. The Government decided some months ago that it would extend the period in which names and addresses were retained in the Census from 18 months to 4 years. A policy decision which, under the doctrine of ministerial accountability, should have been explained by the responsible ministers.
But the responsible ministers have been nowhere to be seen. When it was Kelly O'Dwyer, Alex Hawke, and now Michael McCormack, we've barely heard a peep from the Government as to why they've made this policy change that sees names and addresses held for more than double the length of time than they had been in previous Censuses.Read more
MURAL HALL, PARLIAMENT HOUSE
THURSDAY, 4 AUGUST 2016
SUBJECT/S: 2016 census
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER: We’re now five days out from the Census, and many Australians are concerned about the Government's decision to increase the period for which names and addresses are kept from eighteen months to four years. Labor's been asking the simple question: who's responsible for the Census?
Finally, late yesterday, we got an answer. Michael McCormack fronted a shambolic press conference at 5pm yesterday afternoon. And instead of offering Australians answers and reassurances, he gave them a litany of excuses.Read more
ABC NEWSRADIO WITH MARIUS BENSON
THURSDAY, 21 JULY 2016
SUBJECT/S: Labor Shadow Ministry; superannuation.
MARIUS BENSON: Andrew Leigh, good morning.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION: Good morning Marius, how are you?
BENSON: I am well. Can I just ask you about the interstices of the Labor Party post-election? First, because you are now the Shadow Assistant Treasurer, but the new Shadow Ministry is going to be announced on Saturday. Right now, there is factional warfare underway to determine exactly where the jobs go. The talk is that Tony Burke's going to go; you’ll become Shadow Finance Minister. Does that seem plausible?Read more
The Productivity Commission, Australia’s independent economic evaluator, has crippled the flimsy foundation for the effects test promised by Malcolm Turnbull’s nearly-minority Government.
In its draft report into the Regulation of Agriculture, the Commission found that “Introducing an ‘effects’ test to section 46 of the (Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cwlth)) is…unlikely to shield farm businesses from intense competition in retail food markets.”
An effects test won’t protect producers, but it will raise grocery prices and threaten retailers with court action if they become too competitive.Read more
SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
DR ANDREW LEIGH MP
MEMBER FOR FRASER
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FENNER
GAI BRODTMANN MP
MEMBER FOR CANBERRA
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR THE SENATE IN THE ACT
LABOR DELIVERING FOR CANBERRA THIS ELECTION
Labor believes that a smart nation needs a smart capital. A Shorten Labor Government will deliver for the ACT.Labor’s plans for the ACT demonstrates our commitment to a growing, vibrant Australia.
In contrast, the Abbott-Turnbull Government’s commitment to a $50 billion tax cut for large companies will not deliver jobs or growth for Canberra.Read more
URBAN TASKFORCE AUSTRALIA DEBATE, SYDNEY
TUESDAY, 21 JUNE 2016
***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***
I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we meet today, and pay my respects to elders past and present. Thank you to Chris Johnson and the Urban Taskforce for organising today's debate on an issue of central importance to this election. I acknowledge my fellow debaters – my reformist teammate John Daley, and anti-reformers Nigel Stapledon and Angus Taylor.
One of the great things about an election is that you get a chance to meet such a broad range of people. I was in Maleny recently, doing a town hall meeting with our Labor candidate for Fisher, Bill Gissane. A tradie stood up – a real one – to ask me about housing affordability. His name was Tony, and he is a building worker, with four children in their twenties. Tony told me that he worries that none of them might ever be able to afford a home of their own.Read more
LIBERALS' WAR ON FACTS CONTINUES
The Liberals are waging a War on Facts. Their new glossy – Labor’s War on Business – is just the latest case in point.
Finding exactly where to start pulling it apart is hard, but let’s give it a go with two examples.
Page 3 alleges that Labor’s proposed changes to the Capital Gains Tax discount will hurt small businesses. Rubbish.
Labor’s fact sheet clearly states: The CGT discount will not change for small business assets. This will ensure that no small businesses are worse off under these changes.
The suggestion that our changes to Capital Gains Taxation will hurt sole traders and small businesses is just plain wrong.
But hey, it’s war on facts amirite, ScoMo?
Last night, Scott Morrison told ABC’s The Business: “Changing negative gearing is… going to undermine the value of people’s homes and it’s going to crash house prices”.
But on page 15 of the glossy: [page 15] CAMEO Belinda earns $80,000 per year. She buys an established home as an investment property after 1 July 2017, which she intends to use to fund her retirement in 10 years’ time. She takes out a loan to buy the property and makes a net rental loss of $6,000 each year. In 10 years’ time Belinda stands to make a capital gain of $400,000. Over the next ten years she will pay the following amounts in income tax…..
By the Liberal Party’s own document, under Labor’s policies house prices will continue to rise, investors will not abandon the housing market like Mr Turnbull claims, and in fact investors like Belinda will continue to reap healthy capital gains from their housing investments. The claim that house prices will crash comes with a resounding “yeah, nah”.
Rather than using facts, Scott Morrison would rather defend tax concessions that overwhelmingly benefit the top 10 per cent of income earners.
The Liberals have no plan to boost new housing supply.
Labor will continue to defend facts, and promote fair and sensible reforms that improve the budget bottom line, increase housing supply, and help young Australians buy their first home.
THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND PAYMENTS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISABILITY REFORM
MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA
THE HON DR ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION
MEMBER FOR FRASER
CANDIDATE FOR FENNER
LABOR’S LINE IN THE SAND: IT’S TIME FOR GOVERNMENT AND CHARITIES TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN
The best kind of care for our community comes from within our community. The best-placed organisations to identify and respond to social and community issues are those organisations that base their strength, energy and grit on the people who are that community.
Labor understands this principle. Labor supports and protects this principle.
The Liberals don’t. The Liberals won’t.
Labor understands the critical role played by Australia’s not-for-profit sector in building the capacity of individuals and communities, strengthening cohesion, addressing inequality and harnessing opportunity.
We know that government alone cannot solve all our social problems. Only by working in partnership with community organisations – and communities themselves – can we bring about lasting change. Labor views the efforts of this sector with pride and gratitude.
The Liberals view the not-for-profit sector with little more than contempt.
- In only three years, the Liberals have ripped more than $270 million worth of funding from frontline services.
- They gutted peak advocacy organisations of their funding and slashed money from community legal centres and family violence services.
- Then they completely botched their community grants process – pitting community organisations against one another and leaving many frontline services without funding certainty. As a result, some frontline services have had to cut staff or reduce their services. Some have been forced to close entirely.
- The Liberals also tried to scrap the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) – only to be fought off by a relentless campaign by Labor and the community sector.