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Feb 2, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

PETER GRESTE FREED

Peter Greste’s release from detention in Egypt is wonderful news.

The thoughts of all Australians have been with Peter, his family and friends throughout this terrible ordeal. Today, our nation shares their relief.

As we’ve said from the beginning, being a journalist is not a crime.

Journalists shouldn’t be put on trial or locked up for doing their job.

The Greste family have requested privacy for Peter. We ask that their wishes be respected.

Labor commends the outstanding Australian diplomats who have worked so hard on this matter.

We continue to urge for the release Peter’s two colleagues, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy.

Our thoughts are also with the hundreds of journalists around the world who remain imprisoned. So long as their freedom is diminished, so too is our own.

MONDAY, 2 FEBRUARY 2015

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Feb 1, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

SOCCEROOS ASIAN CUP WIN

Labor congratulates the Socceroos on their incredible victory in the final of The Asian Cup last night.

 

Throughout the tournament, the Socceroos have captured the imagination of Australians with their victories and exciting brand of soccer.

 

Last night’s victory had fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.

 

Our congratulations are also extended to the South Korean team who were phenomenal in defeat.

 

Coach Ange Postecoglou, captain Mile Jedinak and the players have written themselves a glorious chapter in the history books of Australian sport.

 

Go Socceroos. Asian Cup Champions 2015.

 

SUNDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT:          LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

CHRIS RAMSAY (RIPOLL) 0430 009 434

Jan 31, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

QUEENSLAND ELECTION

Tonight is an extraordinary result for Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Labor team.

 

While the final outcome is still not known, tonight’s remarkable results happened against all odds.

 

Against a party with 80 more seats in parliament. Against a party with a war chest of funding for advertising. Against a government with incumbency and a Liberal Government in Canberra.

 

This was truly a David and Goliath battle – and Annastacia Palaszczuk has brought Goliath to his knees.

 

It was a privilege to campaign alongside Annastacia Palaszczuk and so many Labor candidates in Queensland this month.

 

Throughout regional Queensland and greater Brisbane, I heard people say they were sick of Campbell Newman and Tony Abbott’s cuts and broken promises.

 

While Campbell Newman tried to hide Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister was front and centre every day of this campaign.

 

Tony Abbott and his Ministers refused to talk to Queenslanders – and the Liberal National Party has paid the price tonight.

 

SATURDAY, 31 JANUARY 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT: JINANE BOU-ASSI 0427 908 976

Jan 29, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

PASSING OF COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH

Labor is deeply saddened by the news that much loved author Colleen McCullough has passed away.

 

Colleen began her writing career with an act of youthful rebellion.

 

“So I went to town with the five pounds to buy an overcoat, and I saw a bluebird portable typewriter for five pounds so I bought that instead,” she said.

 

Her impulse purchase immeasurably enriched the literary landscape of our nation and the world.

 

Colleen wrote her first novel while she was a medical researcher and lived a life renowned for art, literature, science and community service in a unique and unprecedented way.

 

Young people who were captivated by The Thorn Birds are parents and grandparents now – watching new generations fall in love with Colleen’s evocative word pictures and the clarity of her prose.

 

Colleen has written her final word but she lives on in bookshelves and libraries around the world – and in the hearts of all who loved her.

 

Colleen’s family and friends have our heartfelt condolences.

 

THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT: LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

Jan 28, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

VISIT TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten has thanked Australian Defence Force personnel for their professionalism, courage and commitment during a visit to the Middle East.

 

Mr Shorten was briefed by Australian command and the Head of Mission in Iraq on operations in the region, including efforts to disrupt and degrade Daesh in Iraq.

 

In his first visit to Iraq as Opposition Leader, Mr Shorten commended the unit and the individuals present who received Australia Day honours for their work between 2007 and 2014

 

“In the centenary of the ANZAC, it was humbling to see these men and women continue that proud tradition and an honour to stand with them to belatedly mark our national day,” Mr Shorten said.

 

“It has been my great privilege to visit our troops stationed in the Middle East and to thank them for the outstanding and vital work they do.

 

“I was humbled by the men and women I met at both the Australian Force base in the Middle East Region and in Baghdad; their dedication, skill and sense of purpose.

 

“I conveyed Federal Labor’s bipartisan support for the current mission in Iraq to the personnel on the ground, and our thanks for their service and their sacrifice.

 

“I also assured them that their families were in our thoughts and would always be looked after while they were on deployment.

 

“All Australians should be proud of the work our Defence Force personnel are doing to defeat Daesh and enhance the capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces.

 

“It was heartening to see the constructive, positive role our men and women are playing in this complex and multifaceted battle, and the level of cooperation across our agencies and the coalition.

 

“I thank the Prime Minister for his assistance in arranging this visit.”

 

WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT: LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT – 02 6277 4053

Jan 26, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

2015 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I have the special privilege of congratulating Rosie Batty on being named the 2015 Australian of the Year.

 

Today we honour the bravery, selflessness and unconquerable sprit of a remarkable woman.

 

Rosie Batty should not have had to become Australian of the Year. That terrible act of violence should never have happened.

 

We all know Rosie and Luke’s story now because Rosie refused to yield to the silence, ambivalence and acceptance that too often shrouds family violence.

 

Australians have marveled at Rosie’s courage, and we have drawn new faith from her strength.

 

Through the worst heartbreak and devastation, Rosie forced all of us to confront family violence as a national, public issue. In doing so, she has become an inspiration for all of us.

 

Rosie is honoured today on behalf of the thousands of women and children who, right now, suffer the scourge of family violence.

 

The existence of family violence in modern Australia is our shared shame, and its total elimination is our shared challenge.

 

As we recognise Rosie’s contribution to our nation, let us also renew our commitment to eliminating family violence from our national life.

 

Tonight we also congratulate Jackie French for being named Senior Australian of the Year, Drisana Levitzke-Gray for being named Young Australian of the Year, and Juliette Wright for being named Australia’s 2015 Local Hero.

 

We also thank Adam Goodes for his service as the 2014 Australian of the Year.

 

In their own endeavours, these exceptional men and women have bettered our nation, and they reflect the best of us.

 

It is our honour to congratulate them on recognition richly deserved.

 

 

SUNDAY, 25 JANUARY 2015

 

MEDIA CONTACT: GERARD RICHARDSON 0427 349 655

 

Jan 19, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

TONY ABBOTT’S 500 DAYS OF LIES

Today marks 500 days since the last election.

 

500 days since Tony Abbott began breaking his promises.

 

500 days of disappointment, dysfunction and deceit.

 

500 days of more cost of living pressure on Australian families.

 

500 days of savage cuts and twisted priorities.

 

500 days of lies, leaks and lame excuses.

 

On the night before the election, Tony Abbott looked down the barrel of the camera and said:

 

“No cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS.”

 

(SBS NEWS – 6 SEPTEMBER 2013)

 

Tony Abbott lied, and Australians have spent 500 days paying the price of those lies:

  • An unfair and shambolic GP Tax

 

  • A new Petrol Tax

 

  • $100,000 university degrees

 

  • Cuts to pensions

 

  • $80 billion cut to schools and hospitals

 

  • Cuts to the ABC and SBS

 

Instead of spending his 500th day as Prime Minister in hiding, Tony Abbott should come to Queensland and face the people who have been hurt by his broken promises.

 

Labor will continue to fight the Abbott Government’s unfair policies on behalf of all Australians.

 

Labor will fight to protect living standards, jobs and opportunities of low and middle income Australians to secure our economic future.

 

Labor believes in a strong economy that delivers for all Australians and doesn’t leave people behind.

 

We will never give up on the fair go.

 

 

MONDAY, 19 JANUARY 2015       

 

MEDIA CONTACT:          LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

 

Jan 17, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

MYURAN SUKUMARAN AND ANDREW CHAN

 

Labor opposes the death penalty in all cases.

We urge clemency for anyone facing it, whoever and wherever they may be. That includes two members of the Bali Nine, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Consistent with the long standing bi-partisan opposition to the death penalty, both Labor and Liberal governments have made representations to a number of countries on behalf of Australian citizens who face the death penalty. That work has Labor’s full support.

Jan 15, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT’S HEALTH POLICY SHAMBLES

The Abbott Government’s health policy is now a complete shambles, with new minister Sussan Ley announcing the second major change to the GP Tax policy in a month.

 

Despite backing down on their savage cut to the Medicare rebate, the Government has recommitted to its GP Tax.

 

This latest shambles shows Tony Abbott cannot be trusted with Medicare.

 

The only way to defeat the GP Tax is to defeat the Abbott Government.

 

Just one month ago Minister Ley’s failed predecessor replaced his ‘to be legislated’ GP Tax with a GP Tax through the backdoor, before fleeing the portfolio.

 

And only yesterday Tony Abbott was insisting the new GP Tax by stealth would not be abandoned.

 

Today’s embarrassing backflip is a big win for patients, and a victory for all those who support Labor in standing up for our universal health system.

 

But it’s clear, yet again, that the Abbott Government is only acting because it has been forced to by Labor’s refusal to bend in our defence of Medicare.

 

Labor believes all Australians should get the health care they need, not just what they can afford.

 

We believe the health care of any one of us should matter to all of us.

 

Only Labor will protect Medicare.

 

Labor built Medicare we won’t let Tony Abbott destroy it.

 

Only Labor will protect ordinary Australian families from Tony Abbott’s attempt to wreck Medicare and push up health costs for people already under financial pressure.

 

THURSDAY, 15 JANUARY 2015       

 

MEDIA CONTACT:          LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

STEPHEN SPENCER 0423 596 573

Jan 15, 2015
Kieran Barns-Jenkins

LABOR TO DISALLOW ABBOTT’S MEDICARE CUTS

Labor rejects Tony Abbott’s attempt to destroy Medicare through his back door GP Tax and will seek to disallow his sneaky changes in the Senate.

 

Tony Abbott has never believed in Medicare. Tony Abbott believes Australians should pay a tax every time they visit the doctor.

 

Having failed to win support in the Senate for his GP Tax through legislation, Tony Abbott is now seeking to destroy Medicare via the back door.

 

By slashing Medicare rebates, Tony Abbott is forcing doctors to hike fees and end bulk-billing.

 

Labor will always stand up for Medicare and Australian families and at the first opportunity we will seek to disallow:

 

  • The cut in the Medicare rebate from $37.05 to $16.95 which comes into effect on January 19 for patients who see their GPs for 10 minutes or less.
  • The $5 across the board Medicare rebate cut for non-concessional patients due to come into effect from July 1.

 

Not one cent of Tony Abbott’s cuts to health is being returned to Medicare.

 

Forcing the sick and vulnerable to pay every time they see a doctor is not reform.

 

Tony Abbott may have changed his Health Minister, but he hasn’t changed his GP Tax or his determination to end bulk billing and destroy Medicare.

 

It’s still a tax, it’s still a broken promise and it will only ever rise as long as Tony Abbott remains in power.

 

Labor believes Australians should get the health care they need, not just what they can afford.

 

Only Labor will protect Medicare.

 

Labor built Medicare we won’t let Tony Abbott destroy it.

 

Only Labor will protect ordinary Australian families from Tony Abbott’s attempt to wreck Medicare and push up health costs for people already under financial pressure.

 

 

THURSDAY, 15 JANUARY 2015   

 

MEDIA CONTACT:          LEADER’S OFFICE MEDIA UNIT 02 6277 4053

ALEXANDER WHITE 0488 134 359

 

 

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