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Recent News from John

25 Jun 2014
Statement on asylum seekers and refugees

I do acknowledge that there is strong opposition by many in the community to current asylum seeker policy, and in particular, to offshore processing... Full Story


14 May 2014
Environment battered by broken promises

Budget rips funds from grassroots environmental programs, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and renewable energy initiatives.... Full Story


14 May 2014
Budget 2014: More than $5 billion in cuts to Higher Education

The Abbott Government's first Budget marks the end of fair and affordable higher education, and a betrayal of Australian students and their families.... Full Story


14 May 2014
Budget 2014: $16 billion in cuts to overseas aid

This broken promise puts many excellent overseas aid programs at serious risk... Full Story


30 Apr 2014
Statement on the calling of NSW Senate preselections

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Government News

14 May 2014
Budget abandons young people looking for work

From 1 January next year, people under 30 who need Newstart and Youth Allowance will be forced to wait six months before receiving any support.... Full Story


14 May 2014
Australian pensioners betrayed

Abbott Govt will slash the current fair indexation system -which makes sure the pension keeps pace with the cost of living... Full Story


14 May 2014
Budget cuts $3 billion from Australia's Public Hospitals

Tony Abbott has made a mockery of his pre-election promise that there would be no cuts to health... Full Story


14 May 2014
GP tax: attack on Medicare begins

Tony Abbott's GP Tax is a cruel broken promise that will hurt vulnerable Australians... Full Story


14 May 2014
2014 Budget

"This is a Budget built on the wrong choices and wrong priorities for Australia's future" - Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen... Full Story