Labor to improve mobile coverage in Jervis Bay territory - Media Release

MICHELLE ROWLAND  

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS  

MEMBER FOR GREENWAY 

BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP 

SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE 

MEMBER FOR GORTON 

ANDREW LEIGH MP 

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY 

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES 

MEMBER FOR FENNER 

LABOR TO IMPROVE MOBILE COVERAGE IN JERVIS BAY TERRITORY 

An Albanese Labor Government will help keep Jervis Bay connected by improving mobile phone coverage for the region. 

Mobile coverage is unreliable and at times unavailable for many residents in the Jervis Bay Territory, who face a dangerous bushfire season surrounded by the Booderee National Park with only one road in and out.

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Slice off havens to fund more services Australians rely on - Op Ed, The Canberra Times

HAVENS NO MORE

The Canberra Times, 7 May 2022

Measured by revenue, Walmart is the world's biggest company. Yet a few years ago, financial sleuths discovered that it had $76 billion in assets sitting in more than a dozen tax havens.

The kicker: Walmart had zero stores in those tax havens.

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Scott Morrison’s inertia on Covid vaccines cost Australia dearly - Op Ed, The Australian

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.

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Aussies pay more when multinationals pay less - Transcript, Press Conference

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PRESS CONFERENCE
PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA
WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL 2022

SUBJECTS: Labor’s economic plan; Budget repair; Years of waste and rorts weighing down the Morrison Government’s Budget; Labor’s Powering Australia Plan;  A second debate; Investing in the APS after years of erosion under the Morrison Government; Australia’s role in the Pacific. 

JIM CHALMERS, SHADOW TREASURER: Thanks very much everybody for being here today in Canberra. Today we release our economic plan and key elements of our budget strategy which forms such an important part of that broader economic plan. A better future relies on a better economy and a better budget, and labor will deliver all three. And this release today couldn't be better timed given we found out today that inflation in the March quarter was 5.1%. This is the highest inflation that we've had in Australia for more than 20 years. This is the highest inflation we've had in this country since the introduction of the GST. Australians are getting absolutely smashed by the rising cost of living on Scott Morrison's watch. This is Scott Morrison's triple whammy of skyrocketing cost of living, rising interest rates and falling real wages. And that's what the number was all about today.

This inflation number should be a wake up call for a government which is out of touch, out of plans and out of time. Now these inflationary pressures have been building in the economy for some time. And I know the Prime Minister wanted to wave a graph around earlier today. So have a look at this graph, which has cost of living over the last year under Scott Morrison. And what that shows is that the cost of living pressures have been building since before the war in Ukraine.

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Labor’s plan to ensure multinationals pay their fair share of tax - Media Release

JIM CHALMERS MP 
SHADOW TREASURER 
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.

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Labor will clean up Canberra’s waterways - Media Release

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.

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Labor to ensure strong future for Australia’s charities - Media Release

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.

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Government should support charities, not silence them - Op Ed, The Australian

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.

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Labor will fix fundraising and save charities millions - Media Release

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.

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Labor will match AIS Arena funding - Transcript, ABC Canberra Mornings

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RADIO INTERVIEW

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.

[laughter]

SOLLY: At least to my face. At least to my face, Andrew Leigh.

LEIGH: Gone, but not forgotten, you were.

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