Labor will work with charities, not against them - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES

MEMBER FOR FENNER

 

PATRICK GORMAN MP 

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

MEMBER FOR PERTH

 

AMANDA HUNT

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CANNING

 

LABOR WILL WORK WITH CHARITIES, NOT AGAINST THEM

Charities and not-for-profits in Perth have highlighted the stress they face during a roundtable to discuss how an Albanese Labor Government would help repair the sector.

Australia’s charities are under huge pressure. Through bushfires and a recession, floods and a pandemic, Scott Morrison has expected charities to step up whenever his Government has failed – and they’re expected to do that with fewer volunteers and less money.

Charities and not-for-profits need more support from the Federal Government, and recognition that they do so much to help struggling Australians and hold the social fabric together.

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Labor will end war on charities - Speech, Perth

OPENING REMARKS TO CHARITY ROUNDTABLE

PERTH

WEDNESDAY, 16 MARCH 2022

Thank you for joining us. It’s a pleasure to be here with my talented colleague Patrick Gorman, and Labor’s candidate for Canning Amanda Hunt, who will be well known to you from her time heading Uniting WA.

Over recent decades, Australia’s social capital has dropped dramatically. Compared with the 1980s, Australians now have half as many close friends, and know half as many of our neighbours. Church attendance and union membership have declined. Membership of large organisations has fallen sharply. And in fact, the number of organisations in Australia hasn't kept pace with population - there's fewer organisations per person than in the past. We've seen a steady decline in volunteering, a drop which has accelerated through the pandemic. And there has been a decline in the share of Australians who are actively engaged in team sports and community sporting activities.

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Reconnecting Australia - Speech, Blaxland

RECONNECTING AUSTRALIA

SPEECH TO AUSTRALIAN SERVICES UNION MEMBERS

BLAXLAND

TUESDAY, 15 MARCH 2022

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Australia has changed markedly in the last generation.

If you go back to the mid-1980s, the average Australian had twice as many close friends and knew twice as many of their neighbours. Compared to then, we've seen a drop in the level of volunteering. We’ve seen a decline in the number of community organisations in Australia. We’ve seen a fall in membership of those mass organisations. We've seen a drop in church attendance, union membership and membership of sporting clubs.

In short, Australia has become disconnected.

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US lesson in why workers need a boost in real wages - Op Ed, The Australian

US LESSON IN WHY WORKERS NEED A BOOST IN REAL WAGES

The Australian, 16 March 2022

They call them “deaths of despair”. In the US, deaths from drug overdoses, suicide and alcoholic liver disease have been rising in the past decade. Well before the pandemic, American life expectancy was going backwards.

There are many causes of this American malaise, but a big one is the fact the economy simply hasn’t been delivering for working people. In the past 50 years, real wages for the typical American man have barely risen. Real incomes for the poorest households have gone backwards.

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Restoring respect for community sector - Media Release

LINDA BURNEY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

MEMBER FOR BARTON

SENATOR JENNY MCALLISTER

 SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES

 AND THE PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

 LABOR SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CHARITIES

MEMBER FOR FENNER

SUSAN TEMPLEMAN MP

MEMBER FOR MACQUARIE

RESTORING RESPECT FOR THE COMMUNITY SECTOR

An Albanese Labor Government will support a stronger, more diverse and more independent community sector.

Through floods, fires and a pandemic, the community sector has stepped up to provide support to struggling Australians.

Despite this, the Morrison Government has repeatedly tried to devalue and silence community sector voices. At the same time, many community sector organisations have been working with less money, less funding certainty and increased stress.

If elected, Labor will change this.

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Australia's laws must change to contain Putin's dirty money - Op Ed, The Canberra Times

AUSTRALIA'S LAWS MUST CHANGE TO CONTAIN PUTIN'S DIRTY MONEY

The Canberra Times, 12 March 2022

As advanced democracies tighten sanctions on Vladimir Putin, regulators are looking more closely at how the Russian President made his money. Some sources suggest that he may have $100 billion – others as much as $200 billion. That would put Putin’s wealth higher than the combined annual output of South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.

One thing that we can be sure about is that Putin uses tax havens. In 2016, the leak of the Panama Papers revealed a complex web of transactions that Putin and his associates used to hide their assets, including helicopters, planes, a superyacht and a palace on the Black Sea. Tax havens like Panama helped conceal the true owners of these assets.

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Inequality Bites: Supermarket Sweep

Nearly $20 billion in JobKeeper cash – or $2000 for every Aussie household – went to companies with rising revenue.

While Aussie households struggle to keep up with cost of living increases, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg’s sloppiness has seen billions of taxpayer dollars go to companies that didn’t need it.

You just can’t trust the Liberals with your money.

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Cracking down on tax havens would put squeeze on Putin - Transcript, 6PR Mornings

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
RADIO INTERVIEW
6PR MORNINGS
WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH 2022

SUBJECT: Tax havens and Russia.

LIAM BARTLETT, HOST: Joining us this morning is Andrew Leigh. Andrew’s the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities. How are you, Andrew?

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR TREASURY AND CHARITIES: I'm terrific, Liam. How are you?

BARTLETT: I'm well, thanks. Look, I know you've been campaigning on this for a while, long before the invasion got underway. But how could the government make it easier to put a stop to this dirty money?

LEIGH: They could do three things, Liam. The first is to crack down on tax havens. The second is to tighten the anti-money laundering laws. And the third is to put in place a beneficial ownership register that would let people really know who owns Australian shares. All of those are straightforward transparency measures, and without those changes it makes it really hard to track down the sources of Putin's illicit cash. It's not as though they're all sitting in a big bank account marked ‘Vladimir Putin’. His cronies have stashed money in tax havens like Panama or the Bahamas. They're using illicit shell companies, and they're hiding the source of the transactions very deliberately. And Australia's laws just aren't up to date enough in order for us to be able to track down the sources of the dirty money.

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Address to Master Builders Association Election Forum - Speech, National Press Club

ADDRESS TO MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION ELECTION FORUM

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 1 MARCH 2022

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[Acknowledgements omitted]

It is a pleasure to be speaking today at one of the first pre-election debates that I’ve done. Congratulations to the organisers for delivering it well before deadline, and under Budget. I’d expect no less from the Master Builders.

Since we’re talking about housing today, let me start with the story of my maternal grandfather, Roly Stebbins.

Roly was born in a tent in 1922. His childhood was marked by the Depression and what we would now call the PTSD that his father suffered in World War I. Roly left school at age fourteen, and found work to help his parents get by. During World War II, he worked as a boilermaker.

It was a tough upbringing, but Roly’s eyes used to twinkle as he spoke with me about the bright days that came at the end of World War II - the sense of possibility and hope.

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Choosing Openness - Speech, Asialink Summit

CHOOSING OPENNESS

ADDRESS TO ASIALINK SUMMIT

 PARLIAMENT HOUSE, 28 FEBRUARY 2022

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people on whose lands we're meeting today.

Dhawura Nguna Dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu Ngala-ma-nyin Dhuni-ma-nyin.

Ngunnawal-wari Dhawura-wari Dindi Wanggira-lidji-nyin.

I also acknowledge any Indigenous people who are joining us today.

I'm somebody who's passionate about engagement with Asia, a passion that goes back a long time. When I was a kid in primary school, we were each required to do a history project. Some people talked about the history of the Holden Commodore, another researched the background of their grandfather. I wrote about the 1965 killings of hundreds of thousands of communist sympathisers in Indonesia. To this day, I'm not quite sure what my grade six teacher made of the assignment, but it reflected the fact that ours was a household where Inside Indonesia and the Far East Economic Review were routinely sitting around, and Asia was part of our everyday lives.

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