MEDIA RELEASE: Simon Birmingham's 'F' for History, Thursday 22 September 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TAFE AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE

MR ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SCHOOLS
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

 

SIMON BIRMINGHAM’S ‘F’ FOR HISTORY

When Simon Birmingham meets state and territory education ministers in Adelaide on Friday, he won’t be bringing a plan to invest in Australian schools. He'll just have a list of excuses to cut funding and deny kids every chance to fulfil their potential.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Continued pressure needed to achieve gender diversity on boards, Tuesday 20 September 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

CONTINUED PRESSURE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE GENDER DIVERSITY ON BOARDS 

Today’s Gender Diversity Quarterly Report shows ASX 200 companies are broadly on track to meet the Australian Institute of Company Director’s target of 30 per cent female representation on boards by 2018.

The percentage of women on boards has risen to 23 per cent this year, up from 8 per cent in 2009. Over 40 per cent of new board appointments so far this year were women.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Women, Tanya Plibersek, said there is much more that needs to be done to secure the social, economic and strategic benefits of gender diversity on boards.

AICD’s report shows two more companies have joined the blacklist of all-male boards in the last quarter.

When AICD wrote to companies on the blacklist to ask them why they don’t appoint women, responses included “we don’t have to and we don’t want to” and “women talk too much and make the board meeting too long”.

“Attitudes like these show why it’s still important to set targets and hold business to account for reaching them,” said Ms Plibersek.

“The use of participant targets gives us something measurable to aim for and work towards.

“Cultural change is needed in organisations like these if we are to maintain the appointment rate of 38 per cent needed to meet the 2018 target. And once the 2018 target is met, we should stretch ourselves again by raising the bar.” 

“While 30 per cent is a step in the right direction we shouldn’t accept it as our final destination,” Ms Plibersek said.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Petty decision demonstrates Turnbull's weakness, Friday 29 July 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

 

PETTY DECISION DEMONSTRATES TURNBULL’S WEAKNESS

 

At his first Cabinet meeting this term Malcolm Turnbull had his first opportunity to show he had learned the lessons of his near election defeat.

 

Mr Turnbull had the chance to show some leadership, put Australia’s national interest first, and back an Australian for United National Secretary-General.

 

Instead, the bizarre and chaotic process he “led” delivered a win for partisanship over the national interest.

 

Today Malcolm Turnbull repudiated his Deputy Leader and Foreign Minister, and demonstrated how he has shrunk in the office of Prime Minister.

 

The Australian Government should have put partisanship aside and supported the nomination of an Australian – former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – as United Nations Secretary-General.

 

This captain’s call confirms that Malcolm Turnbull occupies the office of Prime Minister in name only.

 

Australia is diminished by his weakness.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Royal Commission into Northern Territory Juvenile Detention System, Tuesday 26 July 2016

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
ACTING LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
MEMBER FOR ISAACS

SENATOR PATRICK DODSON
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
MEMBER FOR LINGIARI
 

 

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO NORTHERN TERRITORY JUVENILE DETENTION SYSTEM

 

All Australians would be sickened by video footage of shocking abuse of children in the Northern Territory juvenile detention system, revealed on the ABC’s Four Corners program last night.

The violent attacks on children by guards, the use of tear gas, extended periods of solitary confinement, and the use of extreme restraining devices is completely appalling.

It is beyond belief that this could have occurred in a country like Australia. The perpetrators should immediately face the full force of the law. And this abhorrent conduct should never, ever be allowed to happen again. 

Federal Labor supports the Government’s announcement this morning of a Royal Commission.

It is now evident that the abuse of young prisoners at the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in Darwin in 2014 was not an isolated incident, but that systemic problems are spread far more widely throughout the Territory’s prison system. A far-ranging inquiry is clearly now necessary.

Federal Labor will cooperate fully with the Government to establish a Royal Commission as soon as possible. We stand ready to work with the Government on the Terms of Reference of the Commission, which should not be limited to the incidents at Don Dale but should include systemic issues in the juvenile justice system.

As a matter of urgency, the Northern Territory Government must provide assurances that serious action has been taken to ensure the practices documented by Four Corners are no longer occurring anywhere in the Territory, and that the children shown in last night’s episode are no longer in danger.

There has been a gross dereliction of duty of care, and a disturbing failure of previous inquiries to make change. Permanent reform is necessary to ensure such abuse never happens again.

Last night’s program also reminded us of the shameful state of Indigenous incarceration in Australia – particularly for Indigenous youth. This must become an urgent matter for the Council of Australian Governments – as Labor has previously called for.

Labor also calls on the Turnbull Government to reconsider its rejection of national targets to reduce Indigenous incarceration and improve community safety under the Closing the Gap framework.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Appointment as Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women, Saturday 23 July 2016

 

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

 

 

APPOINTMENT AS SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN

 

I am honoured to have been re-elected as the Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, and appointed Shadow Minister for Education and Shadow Minister for Women.

I thank my colleagues, and our Leader, Bill Shorten, for the faith they have put in me.

To be a nation with a strong economy, Australia must be an education nation.

To be a fairer nation, Australia must be an education nation.

To be a nation prepared for the jobs of the future, Australia must be an education nation.

Right now, our education system is failing our kids, and our country.

Performance is going backwards.

An increasingly user pays, American-style system is denying too many people the enormous benefits that come from a great education.

Australians deserve a world class education system that gets world class results. And every single Australian deserves to be part of it, whatever their circumstances.

That means every child, in every school, having every opportunity.

It means high quality, affordable university degrees.

Only Labor can be trusted to deliver that.

I pay tribute to the hard work of my predecessors, who have set a strong foundation.

I am also delighted to be back in the women’s portfolio.

Australian women continue to demand greater equality in the workforce, leadership, and education. Labor is committed to practical action to achieve this.

For the last three years, it has been an honour to serve as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Whether it’s our commitment to settling a maritime border with Timor-Leste, or our plan to start rebuilding Australia’s aid program, I am proud of what Labor has achieved.

I am grateful for the generous advice I have received from many distinguished Australians including former prime ministers, foreign ministers, and diplomats.

My congratulations go to Labor’s new spokesperson for foreign affairs, Senator Penny Wong. She will be an outstanding voice for a Labor agenda on the international stage.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Appointment of Frances Adamson as Secretary of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wednesday 20 July

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG
LEADER OF THE OPPOSTION IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

APPOINTMENT OF FRANCES ADAMSON AS SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

 

Labor congratulates Frances Adamson on her appointment as the new Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ms Adamson is one of Australia's most accomplished diplomats, and has served government of all stripes with distinction.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Attack in Nice, France, Friday 15 July

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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG 

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

ATTACK IN NICE, FRANCE

Australians are shocked by reports of the horrific attack in Nice, France.

Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives and our thoughts are with the injured.

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MEDIA RELEASE: South China Sea Tribunal Decision, Wednesday 13 July

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
SHADOW ATTORNEY-GENERAL
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ARTS
MEMBER FOR ISAACS

SOUTH CHINA SEA TRIBUNAL DECISION

 

Last night, a Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued a unanimous ruling in the arbitration instituted by the Philippines in relation to the South China Sea. 

Labor welcomes the decision. It brings greater certainty and clarity to the application of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in the context of the South China Sea.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Labor to Help Redfern RSL Sub-Branch Commemorate 100 Years, Saturday 18 June

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

LABOR TO HELP REDFERN RSL SUB-BRANCH COMMEMORATE 100 YEARS

A Shorten Labor Government will help the Redfern RSL Sub-Branch commemorate its 2017 centenary.

As one of Australia's oldest Sub-Branches, the Shorten Labor Governement will provide $30,000 to the club to hold a local commemorative event.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Labor's Commitment To Wyanga Aboriginal Aged Care, Friday 17 June

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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
 

LABOR'S COMMITMENT TO WYANGA ABORIGINAL AGED CARE

A Shorten Labor Government will provide much needed support to Wyanga, an aboriginal aged care program in Redfern, to help take its clients nearing the enf of their lives back to their country.

Sadly, to date, Wyanga has not had the resources to make this a reality.

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