THE COST OF AUSTRALIA’S ‘PHENOMENAL FAILURE’ ON VACCINATION
The Australian, 6 May 2022
Australians aim high. Whether it’s the quality of our beaches, the speed of our Olympic swimmers, or the talent of our novelists, we like to think that we can be the best of the world. And we often succeed.
Yet a year ago, Australia was doing the very opposite. Of all the advanced countries in the 38-member Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia had the lowest rate of full vaccination. This wasn’t a temporary thing. From 12 May 2021 to 26 July 2021, Australia ranked last in the OECD, underperforming countries with significantly lower levels of economic development, such as Mexico, Turkey and Portugal.Read more
JIM CHALMERS MP
MEMBER FOR RANKIN
STEPHEN JONES MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND SUPERANNUATION
MEMBER FOR WHITLAM
ANDREW LEIGH MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES
MEMBER FOR FENNER
LABOR’S PLAN TO ENSURE MULTINATIONALS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAX
An Albanese Labor Government will join the growing global efforts of more than 130 countries with responsible measures to ensure multinational companies pay a fairer share of tax.
Australians are paying much more tax now under this Liberal Government than the last Labor Government, while at the same time too many multinationals are avoiding their tax obligations.Read more
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER
SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
LABOR SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ANDREW LEIGH MP
MEMBER FOR FENNER
ALICIA PAYNE MP
MEMBER FOR CANBERRA
DAVID SMITH MP
MEMBER FOR BEAN
LABOR WILL CLEAN UP CANBERRA’S WATERWAYS
An Albanese Labor Government will help improve the health of Canberra’s waterways and boost resources for children learning about the importance of water quality, wetlands and biodiversity.
The $3.225 million commitment from Labor’s $200 million Urban Rivers and Catchment Program will support the work of hundreds of volunteers across Canberra, as well as provide for local employment.Read more
LABOR TO ENSURE STRONG FUTURE FOR AUSTRALIA’S CHARITIES
An Albanese Labor Government will ensure a strong future for Australia’s charities by developing a sector-wide blueprint that will boost the sector’s capacity to support and reconnect our communities.
Australia’s charity and non-profit sector is eight per cent of the economy, 10 per cent of the workforce, and mobilises three million volunteers. They’re the first line of support for the most vulnerable in our communities, and have helped millions of Australians rebuild their lives after floods, fires and economic hits.Read more
GOVERNMENT SHOULD SUPPORT CHARITIES, NOT SILENCE THEM
The Australian, 18 April 2022
In the late nineteenth century, Alfred Nobel got to read his own obituary. His brother Ludvig had died, and a French newspaper mistakenly published an obituary that had been prepared for Alfred. Nobel might have hoped that it would laud the fact that he had invented dynamite. Instead, it proclaimed ‘the merchant of death is dead’. Nobel, who didn't have a wife or children, suddenly had a preview as to how history was going to remember him. But he had time to change that. In his will, he set up the Nobel Prizes, giving nine tenths of his wealth to establish what are now the most prestigious prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics.
Giving is a great legacy to provide to others. Giving during our lifetimes can also be a source of pleasure. A cross-national survey found that people who donated to charities tend to be happier than others who didn't. Another study found that people who had supported a charity had significantly better blood pressure readings.Read more
LABOR WILL FIX FUNDRAISING AND SAVE CHARITIES MILLIONS
An Albanese Labor Government will save Australian charities millions of dollars every year by fixing our nation’s outdated fundraising laws, allowing more money to flow to people in need.
Charities are the first line of support for the most vulnerable in our communities. The sector’s staff and volunteers have helped millions of Australians rebuild their lives after floods and fires, and have kept communities together in the face of falling volunteer numbers and a decline in donations.Read more
ABC CANBERRA MORNINGS
TUESDAY, 12 APRIL 2022
SUBJECTS: AIS funding; Anthony Albanese.
ROSS SOLLY, HOST: Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, and federal Member for Fenner. He joins us on the program. Good morning to you, Andrew Leigh.
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Good morning, Ross. It's so good to have you back in Canberra. It feels like just the other day we were chatting on the radio, but of course, you've been away for nearly a decade.
SOLLY: What’s a few years between friends. Yes. I must say, it is really nice to be back in the national capital and it's really nice to have people saying that it's nice to have me back in the capital.
SOLLY: At least to my face. At least to my face, Andrew Leigh.
LEIGH: Gone, but not forgotten, you were.Read more
HOW AUSTRALIA CAN DOUBLE PHILANTHROPIC GIVING BY 2030
MELBOURNE, THURSDAY, 7 APRIL 2022
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and pay my respects to elders past and present. My thanks to our hosts, and the many friends and social entrepreneurs in the room. Special thanks to my parliamentary colleagues - Mark Dreyfus, Bill Shorten, Kate Thwaites, Josh Burns, and Ged Kearney. And Linda White, who will shortly be joining us in the Senate. It is a real treat to have you all here – parliamentarians who are just as passionate about the community sector success as I am.
In the late 19th century, Alfred Nobel got to read his own obituary. His brother Ludvig had died, and a European newspaper mistakenly published an obituary that had prepared for Alfred. Nobel might have hoped that it would talk about his inventing dynamite, but instead it read ‘the merchant of death is dead’. Nobel, who didn't have a wife or children, suddenly had a foresight as to how history was going to remember him. But he had time to change that. And over the course of the next decade, he set up the Nobel Prizes, giving nine tenths of his wealth to establish what are now the most prestigious prizes in the sciences.Read more
LABOR TO DOUBLE PHILANTHROPIC GIVING BY 2030
An Albanese Labor Government would work to double philanthropic giving by 2030 by engaging collaboratively with the charitable sector.
Philanthropy is crucial to our nation’s future, and can help shape Australia into a fairer and more connected country. The billions of dollars donated by our nation’s more fortunate supports the invaluable work of charities - giving those on the frontline the funds they need to change lives - and helps empower communities by enabling local projects.Read more