Bill Shorten – would you trust him with your money? | Catallaxy Files
EMPLOYMENT Minister Bill Shorten yesterday ruled out any "I've got a young family I find it hard enough to make ends meet and I've got a. EMPLOYMENT Minister Bill Shorten has backed a growing push from it "must be diabolically difficult" for the unemployed to make ends meet. Labor will always stand up for the millions of hard-working Australians who rely on penalty rates to make ends meet.
Not perfect, not beyond improvement, but neither should it be the convenient scapegoat for vested interests. The money endeavours to go where it does the most good, to the people who most need it. And the fundamental consequence of this is that cuts of the kind repeatedly attempted by the Liberals — from the Budget on — inevitably inflict the harshest punishment on those who can least afford it.
Because we believe the best way to grow the economy is to grow the middle class and the best way to grow the middle class is to help more Australians join it. Because too often young people in this country get a bad rap. If the Prime Minister and the Treasurer are really worried that government expenditure on their watch is some kind of runaway train. Instead of picking on the poor, instead of targeting the vulnerable, instead of putting the heaviest burden on those least able to carry the load, there are alternatives.
Rather than zero-in on the welfare paid to the poor, they should re-focus on corporate welfare, millionaire welfare, vested interest welfare. Every dollar the government spends on unjustifiable tax concessions increases the burden on remaining taxpayers. Labor believes in budget repair — but it has to be budget repair that is fair. We live in a time when Australians are feeling the rough edges of economic change.
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Baby girls born today, if we don't change the system will have to work their first 2 months at no pay comparable to baby boys born today. We see, as I have said, the jobs being created are part-time jobs - the jobs being lost are full-time jobs. His latest argument in the Financial Review, if reported correctly, is: It was a crazy plan when they brought it down in the Budget this year. It was a crazy plan during the election which they campaigned upon it.
And it is still a crazy plan since the election. Donald Trump's election makes no difference, adds no extra meaning to a tax plan that this country cannot afford, especially when we have more pressing priorities.
How exactly will this help Australians battling flat wages today? Repeating the failures of trickledown economics, practiced by Reagan and Thatcher in the United States and United Kingdom is not going to help Australians in Australia.
We made a different choice when corporate tax cuts of this scale were proposed in the mid 80s by people overseas. Instead we chose the social wage, Medicare, compulsory superannuation. If Mr Morrison now wants Australia to go back to the failed policies of right-wing economists from 30 years ago — cutting taxes for the top end, instead of investing in jobs, education, Medicare and protecting the vulnerable, then we need to tell them that Australia is different.
Australia is better than that. We are a kinder, more inclusive, more equal place. Friends Social investment thinking is continually evolving- and all of us in public life need to adapt to those changes. The challenges facing Australia in the next decade are too real and too important for a whole bunch of silly numbers and ideological posturing.
Bill Shorten – would you trust him with your money?
For me, what matters is being able to address the single mum who says: For me, what matters is being able to say to young people at risk of dropping out of school in year 10 there are pathways and apprenticeships and trades schools if that's what interest you.
For me, what matters is to be able to speak to someone who is 55 and 60 and unemployed desperate to work, clutching a CV frustrated, losing their own identity because of continual rejection. For me, what matters in this country is being able to say to a parent of a child with severe autism, wanting some special assistance in their school that: For me what matters is that this country doesn't leave people behind.
For me, what matters is when you have got outsourced and contracted-out tradespeople whose conditions in each agreement go down and down and down until they are particularly on daily hire — the fruit-pickers of the metal industry. For me, what matters in this country is to be able to explain that an 18 year-old black kid is not automatically more likely to go to jail than university - and we can't do that right now. For me, what matters in this country is being able to answer how we get the balance right.
And people say in this time that answers are too hard and that the answers are too expensive - that they are beyond our wit and wisdom. What we need to do together is stand up for all of those who are marginalised, dispossessed and alienated, millions of our fellow Australians who have so much talent to contribute. I don't look at this room and see a group of people who are feather-bedding a conservative welfare system - I see people in this room who struggle everyday to try and make a difference.
We need to fight hard for the Australian identity. It doesn't matter if you live in the big cities or the small country towns.
It doesn't matter about how much you have got. It doesn't matter if you rent or if you own.
Everyone of us is deserving of a government and a national leadership which respects people. This is not beyond us.
- SPEECH - ACOSS CONFERENCE - SYDNEY - THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2016
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We came very close in the last election. And whilst now it looks very close, 3 years ago, it seemed a very far distance to come. But one thing the Labor Party did in the last election is I think we went back to the basics - back to our core values.
We stood up in many cases for what many people think Labor should stand up for. We will not waste a minute of an hour of a day of a week of a month between now and the next election to take the opportunity to improve our policies. We want to be the party people hope we can be - and we will do that by listening very carefully to your experiences - to the voices you represent.
I regard today's gathering as most important - not only for the chance for you to compare notes and talk ideas but to send a message beyond here that story of this country is not determined in conservative newspaper editorials, that it is not all a done deal. That we can have a royal commission into the banks and a proper system that looks after all the people I have just mentioned. This country will be at our proudest when we are at our most generous.
This country will be at its brightest when we are our most equal. This is not beyond our capacity, and together, I look forward to working with you and my united Labor team to keep the faith and to rebuild the people's faith in the system.
This year there's an urgent and obvious task for us. It's staring us in the face. We need to stop the cuts to penalty rates. Women like Linda and Erin make up the majority of the retail and hospitality workforce, so cutting penalty rates in these industries means cutting women's wages.
The Prime Minister is fond of quoting Mao Zedong's saying that women "hold up half the sky". But Australian women aren't getting half the pay.
And unless the Turnbull government acts to stop the penalty rate cuts they'll be going backwards. The gender pay gap in Australia is currently 17 per cent, even getting to this point has taken far too long. This cut to penalty rates will make the gap wider, it will take Australia backwards.
Not everything can be fixed in Canberra, or by parliament — but this can. For Labor, equal treatment for women isn't just an aspiration we mention one day of the year — it's an everyday, days a year priority.
Yes, progress is hard.
Yes, change can be slow. Some of the cultural shifts we need will take us a generation. But when there are things the parliament can do, right now, that will protect women, how can the Liberals and Nationals and One Nation sit on their hands? I have legislation before the parliament to reverse the cuts to penalty rates, and change the rules so that the Fair Work Commission can't cut workers' take home pay in the future.
It's a simple fix to a problem that no one saw coming. In defending his support for the pay cuts, the Prime Minister likes to criticise me for previously saying I would support the Fair Work Commission's decision.
I did say that.