Kylea shares her week
Week 10: Our Care Economy and the Jobs Summit
Thanks to all who have responded to my invitation to comment on the Jobs and Skills Summit. Your feedback will help shape North Sydney's position on key topics to do with Australia's workforce and economy.
Particularly since the pandemic, I know many in our community would like to see a stronger care sector, including aged care, health, education and other such services. This sector plays a critical role in supporting our communities and enabling many of us to participate in paid work.
However, it's clear that the sector has been neglected for some time. Workers have left over low pay and poor conditions. Australia now faces dire workforce shortages in childcare, aged care, disability support and health, and the situation is likely to worsen with our ageing population.
I firmly believe that a stronger care sector will enable better outcomes for all — for families, individuals, the economy, and for women, who still tend to be paid less and have poorer economic opportunities than men.
High-quality, accessible childcare, for example, could help more women return to their jobs after having children. And as a majority of care sector workers are women, improving conditions in the sector would also help address the gender pay gap and improve gender equity.
I will be investigating these and other opportunities at the Jobs and Skills Summit next week, and in the parliamentary discussions that follow. If you haven’t already sent me your thoughts on the Summit, please do so here. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
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week 23: Cutting vehicle emissions with our new Private Members Bill
Earlier this year, in the months before the election, I promised to develop and introduce a Private Member's Bill that would deliver better, cleaner fuel to Australians and reduce pollution from our cars. That Bill was tabled in Parliament this week.
North Sydney's Reducing Vehicle Pollution Bill will bring Australian fuel quality in line with European standards, reducing the levels of sulphur and aromatics that they can contain.
Week 22: The National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill Passes the House
With just one sitting week remaining for Parliament in 2022, the past week in Canberra has definitely been full of robust debate, constructive discussion and ultimately some landmark legislative developments.
Week 21: What we're doing to strengthen the Anti-Corruption Bill
Our democracy will only ever be as strong as our willingness as citizens to actively contribute to any debate, and just on six months into this role, the capacity for me to truly listen to the many voices of North Sydney as they discuss proposed or needed legislative reform at the national level is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I get to do on a daily basis.
week 20: Speaking out for our community on climate change
Week 19: Getting IR Reforms Right
This week, I've been looking at the Government's 'Secure Jobs, Better Pay' Bill, a package of Industrial Relations (IR) changes that was introduced in Parliament in Budget week.
Week 18: What the Budget Means for North Sydney
This week, my team and I have been hard at work determining what the newly released Federal Budget means for North Sydney's priorities, and what needs to be done to ensure government initiatives actually deliver the changes that our community wants to see.
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