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.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
WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL 2022
SUBJECTS: Engaged Egalitarianism and why the Australian recovery must prioritise openness; Labor’s plans to tackle multinational tax avoidance; Labor’s Powering Australia plan; Labor’s plan to ease the costs of living and support economic growth.
ROSS GREENWOOD, HOST: The Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury Dr Andrew Leigh today laid out a plan to increase foreign investment into Australia as he delivered the Economic Society of Victoria's biennial Stan Kelly lecture. Andrew Leigh joins us now from Melbourne. Andrew, many thanks for your time, as always. Before we get to foreign investment, I want to go to Scott Morrison, who's in the Hunter Valley. We've just heard him only just in the last few minutes criticising Labor for not putting in a tax cap of 23.9 per cent as the government has, saying that effectively if you did not have a tax cap, this would mean Labor would continue to tax at higher levels and therefore hang on to more of the people's money. How do you respond to that?
ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: Scott Morrison's a desperate man who will say anything and do anything. The fact is that his tax to GDP ratio of 22.1 per cent is considerably higher than the tax to GDP ratio of 20.9 per cent of the previous Labor Government. This is the second highest taxing government in the post-war period, after only the Howard Government. So Scott Morrison has no leg to stand on when it comes to higher taxes-Read more