Tanya's record

Both as a minister and local member, Tanya has worked tirelessly to make our community, and our country, a stronger and fairer place. Some of her achievements include:

 

Education

Tanya and Labor:

  • opened up university places - 190,000 extra Australians studying at our universities including 1,700 more students at UTS and another 3,400 students at Sydney University 
  • improved every school in the Sydney electorate through 88 Building the Education Revolution projects, including the new covered outdoor area at Alexandria Park Community School
  • continue to be a strong advocate for ethics classes in primary schools
  • have committed to vote against Tony Abbott's $100 000 degrees every time the legislation comes before Parliament

 

Health

Tanya and Labor delivered:

  • Grow Up Smiling, a $4 billion package of better dental care for kids
  • 1,300 more hospital beds and 60,00 extra doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
  • world leading plain packaging of tobacco which saw smoking rates drop to 13%
  • the best 5 year cancer survival rates in the world
  • $95 million for the Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney Universityboosting research and training around obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • free Gardasil vaccinations for boys to protect against cancers caused by HPV - a world first

 

Climate Change

Tanya and Labor:

  • increased the number of households with solar panels form 7,500 to 1 million
  • tripled Australia's wind power capacity
  • tripled employment in the renewable energy industry
  • introduced a carbon price which saw pollution in the National Electricity Market decrease by 7% and renewable power generation increase by 25%

 

Equality

Tanya and Labor:

  • introduced a bill for marriage equality to the parliament in 2015
  • signed Australia up to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • developed the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children

 

Economy

Despite the challenge of the Global Financial Crisis, under Labor:

  • nearly 1 million jobs were created
  • the economy grew by 13%
  • Australia achieved three AAA credit ratings
  • there was a huge economic investment including the NBN, research, science, and innovation

 

Housing

Tanya and Labor:

  • established the National Rental Affordability Scheme to build 50, 000 affordable rental homes
  • invested $6 billion in social housing to build 21, 600 new homes
  • provided $550 million for homelessness services
  • opened new housing services in the Sydney community like Common Ground in Camperdown and Annie Green Court in Redfern
  • released the Homelessness White Paper that set out a comprehensive national strategy to tackle homelessness in Australia with substantial new investment. A local example of this investment is the Platform 70 project in Woolloomooloo
  • continue to stand up for Millers Point residents facing cuts to social housing from the state government