Speech to launch Story of Our Country: Labor’s Vision for Australia, by Dr Adrian Pabst

Not very long ago, I would not have been asked to launch a book like this and some might be surprised that I would accept.

People who don’t know much about the Labor Party might think the fact that I’m here means either the party has changed, or I have.

At one level, neither of those things is true.

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ABC SOUTH EAST SA

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC SOUTH EAST SA
THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST 2019

SUBJECTS: Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019.
 
SELINA GREEN, PRESENTER:  Now the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 is set to be up for debate in Parliament next week.  It has certainly been proven to be contentious on both sides of the argument. There are some concerns being voiced about the impact this legislation could have even in circumstance that could hurt farmers.  Australian Labor Party Senator Kim Carr has questioned whether the provisions of the bill might actually be used against farmers – for example, if you are a farmer who has been involved in a group like Lock the Gate Alliance. Senator Carr has asked whether those in favour of the Bill have considered the implications. Senator Carr joins me now, Senator Carr, good morning and welcome to the program. 

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SHADOW MINISTRY 2019

I will not renominate to be part of the next Labor Shadow Ministry.

I have spoken to Anthony Albanese and told him that I wish him well and the new leadership team every success. Millions of Australians rely on Labor and Labour movement, and I am confident that Labor can regroup and win the next election.

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LABOR TO INVEST IN $5M DIGITAL SKILLS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

A Shorten Labor Government has announced it will invest $5 million to help establish a Digital Skills Centre of Excellence.
 
This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will give Australians the training they need to get the jobs of the future, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.
 
Labor will work with state or territory governments as an equal partner to support the development of the Centre.

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LABOR’S BURNIE PORT UPGRADE WILL DELIVER JOBS BOOST FOR REGIONAL TASMANIA

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $25 million to upgrade the Burnie Port, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs across regional Tasmania.
 
We need real change – because more of the same isn’t good enough.

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INDUSTRY MINISTER MUST ACT, NOT JUST TALK, TO FIX COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE CRISIS

Today the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP, finally announced “changes” that would allow Australian complementary medicine manufacturers to continue to use the Australian Made logo.
 
The announcement comes as the Morrison Government is about to cross the threshold from unofficial nightwatchman government to official caretaker government.

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BUSINESS R&D SPENDING FALLS BY NEARLY 30 PER CENT IN THREE YEARS UNDER LIBS

This Budget offers nothing for the industries and jobs of Australia’s future.
 
Budget figures show that the Government's own targets for business expenditure on research and development has fallen by $5.3 billion in the past three financial years.

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LABOR’S PLAN TO CREATE A CLEANER AUSTRALIA

A Shorten Labor Government will make Australia a world leader in tackling plastic use and boosting recycling – investing $290 million to cut waste and handing on a cleaner Australia for the next generation.
 
Labor will protect our vulnerable wildlife and reduce the amount of waste generated by putting in place a national ban on plastic products like microbeads and single-use plastic bags.
 

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GOVERNMENT MUST GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON R&D TAX INCENTIVE

This afternoon the Government-dominated Senate Economics Legislation Committee took the highly unusual step of making a unanimous recommendation to the Senate that it defer the consideration of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018 pending further refinement.
 
The committee said that on the weight of evidence presented to it, the committee considers that the bill should not proceed until there is further consideration of the R&D tax incentive measures.

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Bernard (Barney) Cornelius Cooney, 11 July1934 - 9 February2019

Bernard (Barney) Cornelius Cooney, 11 July 1934 - 9 February 2019

Senator for Victoria 1985-2002

Barney Cooney will be remembered as a great defender of the union movement and advocate of workers’ rights; as a great champion of the role of the Senate and its committee system; and as a prominent member of the generation of Labor politicians who cast off the legacy of the 1950s Split and prepared the way for the party’s return to power in the state and nationally.

 

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