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  • GST change would hurt local mobile home owners

    In a speech in Parliament today, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan has urged the Abbott Government to overturn a draft Australian Tax Office (ATO) ruling that could see local mobile home owners facing higher rents.

    The ATO has issued a draft decision on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid by park owners who are managing properties where mobile homes are based.

    “If the ruling goes ahead, park owners will be hit by having to pay double the GST on leased sites,” Ms Ryan said.

    “I am concerned that not only would this mean higher costs for park owners, but that these costs will be passed on to residents.”

    “Mortgage stress and tenancy eviction are already massive issues in Wyndham. This is another housing pressure our community cannot afford.”

    Ms Ryan said there were thousands of Australians permanently living in demountable or mobile homes in privately run home parks who could be affected.

     “They own their home but pay site fees of up to $250 a week. This ruling could mean an annual GST bill of up to $1200 a year if a 10 per cent tax is applied.”

    “Many of the people who live in mobile homes are pensioners and families – this would be a cost they couldn’t incur. And yet we are still waiting to hear from the Coalition about the impact of the draft ruling.”

    “Mr Abbott promised during the election campaign that there would be no change to the GST. In Government, Mr Abbott is again breaking a promise he made, showing time and time again that this is not the government Australian’s were promised.”

    “I call on Mr Abbott to explain whether he supports the ATO’s ruling or not.”

  • Member for Lalor Hosts Housing Forum

    Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan has hosted a housing forum to address high rates of homelessness, eviction and mortgage stress in Wyndham.

    “These are very serious issues that are having a huge impact upon our community,” Ms Ryan said.

    “I've had multiple residents contact me to express their concerns and the forum was organised to tackle these issues head on.”

    Ms Ryan was joined by representatives from agencies and organisations across the community, as well as local State Members of Parliament Tim Pallas, to discuss the challenges ahead.

    “This forum is about working together to establish what's actually happening on the ground, why this is such an issue and what we can do to help.”

    “As a whole community, we can plan, share ideas and together solve these problems.”

    Ms Ryan said there were multiple issues influencing the high rates, but particularly raised the lack of local public housing and cuts to tenancy services and legal aid by the Victorian and Federal Liberal Governments.

    “This is further exacerbated by the Abbott Government’s lack of commitment to the National Affordable Housing Agreement or the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.”

    “With their cuts to the Schoolkids Bonus and the Income Support Bonus still to come, I am concerned this problem will only get worse.”

  • Maiden Speech

    Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan has thanked the community for their support in her first speech in Parliament today.

    "Thank you above all, to the electors of Lalor who gave me their precious vote – and to every elector of Lalor who took part in our great democracy on 7 September 2013," Ms Ryan said.

    Ms Ryan also paid tribute to the Lalor electorate, congratulating the community on its spirit and work ethic.

    "We are home to an ethic of service – we know how to help each other. We are home to an ethic of struggle – we know how to fight for what is right. And we love our people and our place."

    "In Lalor, we know that fairness and opportunity are something that we have a responsibility to achieve for each other – we know that even in a great social democratic nation, society is not always fair – and that means we know that we have to take care of our own."

    The importance of education was also raised, with Ms Ryan sharing her experiences as a teacher and principal and her intention to fight for local schools.

    "Working in the classroom alongside those young people gave me such an opportunity to make a quality intervention and make a difference in a life."

    "But I also come to fight for the future… To fight for our schools and for our students."

    "I will fight to ensure that promises are kept and that the future of our kids – whether they be in Woolwich or Werribee - is not determined by their postcode."

  • Abbott Government Cuts to Hurt Struggling Families

    The Abbott Government has introduced legislation to abolish the Income Support Bonus, a move that will hurt more than one million Australia-wide and thousands locally, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan said today.

    “The Income Support Bonus is to assist recipients in meeting unforeseen costs like medical expenses or car repairs, by providing $210 extra a year for single people and $350 extra a year for couples,” Ms Ryan said.

    “These cuts will hurt people receiving government assistance - the people who are already doing it tough.”

    “Recipients aren't in a position to be able to lose this assistance. They simply can’t afford another cut from the Abbott Government.”

     Allowances attracting the Income Support Bonus include:

    • Newstart;
    • Parenting Payments;
    • Sickness Allowance;
    • Special Benefit Payment; and
    • Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance and Austudy.

    “The cuts to the Income Support Bonus are in addition to cutting the Schoolkids Bonus and the Low Income Superannuation Contribution. And we know there are still more cuts to come.”

    “The abolition of the bonus comes in the same week that Mr Abbott’s advisor Maurice Newman has raised the prospect of scrapping penalty rates and lowering the minimum wage.”

    “Cuts to these programs and an attack on employee entitlements clearly demonstrate the Abbott Government’s attitude towards workers and families.”

    “Nothing is safe from the Abbott Government, and as always it is the most vulnerable who will bear the brunt.”

  • Coalition Lacks Commitment to Medicare Locals

    Joanne Ryan, Member for Lalor, has condemned the Coalition Government's refusal to rule out closing any Medicare Locals.

    "In what is clearly a broken promise, Minister for Health Peter Dutton has refused to guarantee he won't cut Medicare Locals," Ms Ryan said.

    "Given the importance of the South Western Melbourne Medicare Local, this would have a huge impact on the health of our local community."

    Ms Ryan said that the jobs of more than 1700 frontline workers employed at Medicare Locals across Australia could be at risk. 

    "Mr Dutton owes it to these health professionals and their patients to guarantee that our Medicare Locals will not close."

     "Locally, SWMML employees 90 people who are dedicated to improving health outcomes for our region."

     "If the Coalition Government has plans to close Medicare Locals, they need to be honest with the community."

  • Joanne Ryan Congratulates Diwali Organisers

    Member for Lalor, Ms Joanne Ryan, said it was an honour to be a part of Wyndham's first Diwali festival.

    "Wyndham's first multicultural festival of lights has been a great success, and it was a privilege to be able to speak as part of the celebration," Ms Ryan said.

    "Diwali is an important event to many local residents, and it's only fitting we have an occasion like this to celebrate it together, as a community."

    Ms Ryan congratulated the organisers on their work in establishing the festival.

    "This is a great achievement and reflects the dedication of the local community, Wyndham City Council and important sponsorship from the Victorian Multicultural Commission."

    "The organisers have done a fantastic job of creating a vibrant, fun and inclusive event for the entire community."

    "I look forward to attending the Wyndham Diwali festival for many years to come."

  • Tony Abbott Halts NBN Rollout In Werribee

    The Abbott Government has put the brakes on Werribee’s National Broadband Network fibre rollout, leaving the community to rely on last century’s copper, Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan said today.

    “Overnight the Abbott Government has pulled the plug on delivering fibre-to-the-home broadband to Werribee,” Ms Ryan said. 

    “Considering much of the work has already been done to deliver NBN fibre connection to our community, the Abbott Government really is just denying access to local residents.”

    “Under Labor, we were scheduled to receive NBN fibre connection within months.”

    Ms Ryan said that Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull’s decision would leave local residents with out-dated and second-rate technology. 

    “Residents and business owners will be left with one of two choices: battle on using copper, or pay up to $5,000 to have fibre connected to their premises.” 

    “I know how much our community would benefit from the opportunities that affordable, high-speed fibre broadband would bring, but the Abbott Government has chosen to stop this in its tracks.” 

    Ms Ryan said Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull were denying hundreds of thousands of Australians access to the improved health, educational and business opportunities that fibre to the home would deliver. 

    “The Government should be ramping up the rollout of the NBN – instead they have chosen to slow it down indefinitely.” 

  • Hockey’s Cuts Hurt Local Families

    Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan has condemned the Liberal Government for its draft legislation to abolish the Schoolkids Bonus.

    Ms Ryan said that the changes which would mean more than 1.25 million Australian families were worse off.

    “Locally, these cuts will leave more than 12,000 Wyndham families struggling to cover the costs of their children’s education,” Ms Ryan said.

    “As a former teacher and principal, I know how important this money is to local families to pay for books, uniforms and excursions.”

    Ms Ryan said that that not only was Joe Hockey ripping funds away from families, he was also trying to dupe the community about his reasons for doing so. 

    “Mr Hockey is claiming the Schoolkids Bonus was paid for by the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) – but it wasn’t.”

    “Mr Hockey should know the Schoolkids Bonus replaced the Education Tax Refund and has nothing to do with the MRRT.”

    “Mr Hockey is trying to fool Australian families by repealing the Schoolkids Bonus and then shirking responsibility”.

    Ms Ryan said the Schoolkids Bonus provided $410 for each child in primary school and $820 for each child in secondary school.

    “More than 1.25 million Australian families will be worse off if the Schoolkids Bonus is scrapped. Cutting the Schoolkids Bonus means the average family with two kids will be $1,230 worse off every year and $15,000 worse off over the life of their child’s education”.

    “I call on Mr Hockey to take responsibility and explain why he is making life harder for Australian families”. 

  • Joanne Ryan appointed to parliamentary positions

    Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan said she was privileged to have been appointed as Opposition Deputy Whip and Opposition Deputy Chair of Caucus.

    “It is a great honour to serve the Australian Labor Party in these positions and to be able to play a greater role in the life of this Parliament,” Ms Ryan said.

    “These roles will give me a unique chance to learn more about our Parliamentary system and engage with a broader spectrum of stakeholders.”

    “In doing so, I can better represent and advocate for the issues that matter to our community.”

    The positions, voted on by the Parliamentary Party, were announced this week during Labor’s Caucus meeting.

    “I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect the important reforms of the previous Labor governments and to ensure the Abbott Government is held to account,” she said.

  • Toyota Redundancies

    The announcement by Toyota that 100 staff members at their Altona plant will be given voluntary redundancies should be a wake-up call to the Abbott Government.

    In this difficult time for Toyota staff and their families, the Abbott Government needs to stop hiding and give Australia’s car manufacturers, and the thousands of workers they employ, greater certainty.

    Our manufacturers are under enormous pressure and if we want to see major employers like our automotive makers stay in business and keep providing jobs for Australians, then the Abbott Government must stand up.

    Labor recognises the challenging business conditions Toyota faces, and in an intensely competitive international market our manufacturers need certainty to secure new investment.

    This is not just about the 2500 workers at the Toyota Altona plant - many of whom live in my electorate - but about the very future of our car industry.

    The loss of this industry would result in large-scale job losses, as well as an end to ongoing research and development, technological advances and innovation.

    It’s time the Abbott Government provide the automotive industry with a long term commitment that it can bank on.

    The Abbott Government needs to act now.