Talking to the many parents of hard working families on the Northern Beaches, and from my own experience raising my daughter, I know that the cost of childcare is prohibitively high. The cost of childcare is often higher than what a parent earns working, making the choice between going back to work and staying at home with your child a difficult one.
We want better and more affordable childcare and the Turnbull Government is determined to deliver it.
At the July election, the Coalition promised Australians that the issue of same-sex marriage would be put to a public vote as soon as practicable. The Government developed a fair and transparent plan that would allow all Australians to resolve this issue for themselves in February 2017.
The Government offered to work with the Labor Party to bring about a public vote. In response, the Labor Party has rejected the wishes of the Australian people to resolve this issue by plebiscite, and refused to deal with the Government in good faith.
I call Bill Shorten and the Labor Party, the Greens and Nick Xenophon to get out of the way, stop the delay and allow the Australian people to have their say and resolve this issue.
I wish to make it clear that the Australian Government condemns cruelty to animals and that Australia has world class animal welfare standards in this country.
The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) continues to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare in importing countries and has resulted in increased training and infrastructure improvements. The Australian industry has trained more than 9000 people in Asian and Middle East supply chains since the introduction of ESCAS in July 2011, improving animal handling, husbandry and slaughter techniques.