Healthy and productive families and communities

A holistic coordinated vision for Australian families which supports communities across a lifetime and reforms and recharges our health services.

Kylea has committed to working towards:

  • Priority funding of quality public education and increased support for post-high school education, training, and research.
  • A coordinated response to identify and address underlying systemic issues driving unprecedented mental health distress.
  • An immediate ‘Interim Review’ of our experiences during COVID-19 to enable better planning and greater preparedness; including the release of final recommendations on the Medicare Item number review.
  • Revitalising and increasing our health and aged care workforce.
  • Establishing a National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and the roll-out of an appropriately resourced National Preventive Health Strategy.

So far, North Sydney has achieved:

  • Progress around reforming marketing of harmful products including gambling, junk food, alcohol, and nicotine/vaping.
  • Launch of the the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health to deliver real change for young people living with mental health challenges.
  • Advocacy for Early Education & Childcare Centres and workers in relation to visas and pay gaps
  • Advocacy for better recognition of failures in the working environment for nurses
  • Input into a revitalised National Strategy for the Care and Support Economy.
  • Advocacy for a fairer national student loan scheme.
  • Assistance with over $330,000 in new grants to local community projects, including schools infrastructure upgrades, domestic violence and mental health services, religious organisations, grassroots sports clubs, men’s sheds, scouts, community gardens and more.
  • The inaugural North Sydney Youth Summit involving two delegates from each high school across the electorate. This group will meet regularly to ensure young Australians have a voice in how they are represented in Canberra.

Next steps:

  • Convene a Housing Summit to bring together key stakeholders to workshop solutions to the housing and rental crisis.
  • Continue to advocate for initiatives to specifically address intergenerational inequity.

LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

Independents push for 'right to housing'

RN Drive, 24 June 2024

Kylea speaks with ABC RN about her National Housing and Homelessness Plan Bill and changes to national vaping laws.

Listen to the interview here

Australia to take Canada's lead with proposed housing laws

Canberra Times, 24 June 2024

Tenants and first home buyers would be better represented through a new housing body under a new crossbench proposal that aims for a "human rights-based approach to housing".

Read the article here.

Pocock, Tink push for 10-year housing and homelessness plan in law

Australian Financial Review, 24 June 2024

Kylea says access to safe and secure housing is a “most basic human right” and that she and Senator Pocock have put forward a Private Members Bill to end the piecemeal, short-term, “too hard basket” approach to national housing policy.

Read the article here.

Should Australia recognise housing as a human right? Two crossbenchers are taking up the cause

The Guardian, 24 June 2024

Paul Karp writes that while "private members’ bills are usually doomed by government indifference to go nowhere", given the current political focus on the housing crisis, "the crossbench are planting a seed in fertile terrain".

Read the article here.

New bill to help achieve human right to housing

Media release, 24 June 2024

Kylea, with ACT Independent Senator David Pocock, are jointly introducing a bill to require adequate housing to be treated as a human right for every Australian by mandating that the Federal Government make a long-term plan to transform Australia’s dysfunctional housing system.

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