The Port Renewal Steering Committee and the Port Adelaide Rowing Club held their inaugural Australia Day Sprint Regatta on the Port River, with a viewing platform aboard the One and All. It's terrific to see the reactivation of water sports in the Port.
Under Labor, the childcare rebate was increased to cover 50% of costs. The Coalition Government have now put childcare under review. Labor will fight for affordable childcare and pay rises for childcare workers.
Labor introduced the Schoolkids bonus of $410 for each child in primary school and $820 for each child in high school to help pay for things like uniforms and books.
The Liberal Government has now scrapped the School Kids bonus, affecting more than 7,730 families in the Port Adelaide electorate.
Mark attended the Port Open Day with Premier Jay Weatherill and State Member for Port Adelaide Susan Close. The Open Day followed extensive community consultation on the government's exciting redevelopment plans for the Port.
The Premier has announced the establishment of the Port Adelaide Renewal Steering Committee to ensure locals have a voice and are fully informed about the planning process and all other aspects of the Port Adelaide Renewal. More
The South Australian Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide is one of only six organisations nationwide to receive a retired F-111 fighter jet to display from the former Labor Government.
"It is fantastic news that an iconic F-111 Fighter Jet will be housed right here in Port Adelaide," Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler said.
This will provide a huge boost to tourism in the Port. More
Our defence and shipbuilding industries provide thousands of jobs in South Australia, with the Air Warfare Destroyers being built at Osborne. The former Labor Government allocated $214 million for the next stage of the Future Submarine Project. Under Labor, Adelaide was chosen to house a defence precinct. Labor will work hard to keep our shipbuilding skills here in SA, and protect our defence industry.
I attended the official opening of new facilities at Settllers Farm Primary and Junior Schools. The former Labor Government provided $5.85 million for undercover shade areas, new classrooms, a green upgrade with a recycled water and irrigation system, and a significant upgrade to ICT infrastructure and hardware across the campus. I'm proud of the investment in our local schools carried out under Labor.
Over 220 local seniors joined Mark at the Port Adelaide "National Conversation on Ageing" Forum. The views of local seniors helped guide the former Labor Government's aged care reform package 'Living Longer Living Better'. Only Labor stands up for older Australians.
Labor completed the most comprehensive review of school funding since 1973 and signed up with the states to improve the school system. Before the election, the Liberals said they were on a "unity ticket" with Labor on school funding, but now they're ripping up the agreement. Labor will not allow Tony Abbott's Government to rip funding from schools.
When in Government, Labor invested $4.36 million to build three full sized soccer pitches and two large regional playgrounds at Burton Park and a new soccer pitch, new lighting, upgraded clubrooms, 100 new carparks and improved power supply at Adams Oval. More than 2000 people per week use the Burton Park and Adams Oval facilities.
Mark's next round of street corner meetings kicks off shortly in the inner west and northern areas of the electorate - keep an eye out for an invite.
Largs Bay Primary School, Salisbury Downs Primary School, LeFevre High School and Our Lady of the Visitation are just some of the local schools that benefitted from the former Labor Government's $16.2 billion investment in schools.
Under Labor, the Government supported the long-term unemployed and people living with a mental illness to lead more socially and economically productive lives. Mark visited UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide to see the great work they do helping our community.
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News from Mark Butler
Federal Labor has reaffirmed its commitment to ending the carbon tax as long as it's replaced with an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in the Senate today.
Mark spoke in Parliament about the significant reform packages Labor put in place around mental health and aged care, his concerns around Liberal policy, and his pride in representing the Port Adelaide electorate.
Australia's backtracking of climate policy progression has been highlighted by the release of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study yesterday.
The last sitting day of the week in Canberra was grey and gloomy, ominously signalling the end to a very bad week for Australia's environment.
The recommendations announced by the Climate Change Authority today outline new challenges for the Abbott Government's inadequate policy.