Media releases

Unserious New Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Has Serious Work To Do

June 28, 2021

The announcement that Barnaby Joyce will take on the role of Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development on an ongoing basis is a disappointing outcome for all Australians. Infrastructure is a key economic portfolio, but under the Nationals it has been left to fall by the wayside.

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Statement: Biloela Family

June 23, 2021

Australians will welcome the news today that the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke is personally intervening in the Biloela family's case and using his ministerial discretion to grant bridging visas for Nades, Priya and Kopika Murugappan. Minister Hawke's decision is the next step in the process that could see the family return to Biloela, a town that loves them and wants them home.

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Visa Privatisation 2.0 Lowers Tax Obligations for Bidders

May 31, 2021

The Morrison Government is planning to lower the tax obligations of private bidders competing to run Australia’s visa processing system. According to reports in the AFR, the plan could allow large multinational corporations to win government contracts by watering down their tax obligation requirements.

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Labor Releases Multicultural Engagement Taskforce Report

May 18, 2021

Federal Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, alongside Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles, the Chair of the Labor's Multicultural Taskforce, Peter Khalil, and Secretary Anne Stanley, launched Labor's Multicultural Engagement Taskforce (LMET) report today.

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Three More Commuter Carparks to be Dumped

April 21, 2021

Reports today that three more commuter carparks at suburban train stations are set to be dumped underline the chaos that is the Morrison Government's Commuter Carpark Fund. Promised ahead of the 2019 Election, these carparks were meant to ease congestion on busy city roads and get more commuters onto trains.

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Time to Scrap Cruel English Language Partner Visa Test

April 04, 2021

The Morrison Government’s cruel English language test for partner visas is wrong and must be scrapped. Major concerns about the proposed English language test have been expressed by peak stakeholder organisations, warning it could make it harder for victims of domestic violence to seek help.

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