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Continuing rollout of Local Drug Action Teams across Australia

The Turnbull Government is continuing to take action to combat the scourge of ice and other illicit drugs with more Local Drug Action Teams set to rollout across Australia.

Applications are now open for the third round of the Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) program, which helps to bring the community together to develop local plans and activities to prevent and reduce the harm being caused by drugs and alcohol in their regions.

LDAT members could include representatives from local councils, schools, police, youth services, primary health services and treatment services, community groups, non-government organisations. 

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Consultation Opens on Key Turnbull Government Housing Measures

The Turnbull Government has today released for public consultation exposure draft legislation to establish a new corporate Commonwealth entity, the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), to improve housing outcomes for Australians.

 

The NHFIC, which is due to commence operations on 1 July 2018, is an important part of the Government’s Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability plan announced in the 2017-18 Budget.

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Dodgy child care providers named and shamed

The Turnbull Government has for the first time published the details of child care services that have been the subject of enforcement action as it continues its crackdown on dodgy providers.

The publication of the Child Care Enforcement Action Register means providers who rort the system no longer have anywhere to hide. The register should serve as a warning to providers that if you’re non-compliant and do the wrong thing you will be hung out to dry.

Whilst the overwhelming majority providers are legitimate and provide high quality care, those who go down the wrong path should be held to account for their actions.

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Turnbull Government to allow medicinal cannabis exports

In an important step for the development of the medicinal cannabis sector and to secure long-term supplies for Australian patients, the Federal Government will permit the export of medicinal cannabis products.

This follows extensive consultation that was undertaken last year.

Our top priority is to ensure a safe quality supply of medicinal cannabis for Australian patients.

This decision will help both the domestic supply and Australian producers by strengthening the opportunities for domestic manufacturers.

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Additional $110 million investment in child and youth mental health

The Turnbull Government is continuing to build on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians.

We know that around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year.

And people of all ages can be affected – either directly themselves or because someone close to them might be suffering. Even young children can be deeply affected.

As part of the funding announced today, beyondblue will receive up to $46 million for its integrated school-based Mental Health in Education initiative.

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Improving the Native Title System for all Australians

The Turnbull Government is today releasing an options paper considering how the native title system could be improved to better support all stakeholders involved with native title. 

The options paper considers reforms to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) to make the native title system operate more effectively for all Australians. It includes recommendations from a range of reviews, including the:

  • Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on Connection to Country: Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth),
  • Council of Australian Government’s Investigation into Land Administration and Use, and
  • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations’ Technical Review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

In developing the options paper, the Government has engaged extensively with key stakeholders, including the states and territories at a Native Title Ministers’ Meeting on 13 October this year.  

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Nurturing Baby Coral To Restore The Reef

A $600,000 Turnbull Government funded trial is underway on the Great Barrier Reef to identify highly resilient reefs and pilot ‘re-seeding’ to restore coral.


This project contributes to efforts already underway to improve the Reef’s health through the Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Plan.


It also forms part of a number of immediate actions the Turnbull Government is taking to accelerate efforts to enhance the resilience of the Reef in the face of climate change.

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New Vessel Boosts Great Barrier Reef Protection

A new state-of-the-art high-speed compliance patrol vessel will join efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef.


The $735,000 custom-built Reef Sentinel will employ night detection technology to continue to target illegal activity in protected marine areas off Townsville and the Whitsundays.


The 11.5-metre Reef Sentinel is funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments’ joint Field Management Program – the frontline marine and island national park managers of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Child care relief around corner for Northern Beaches families

Nearly 5,600 families in Mackellar will be better off from the Turnbull Government’s child care overhaul.

 

The new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families who work the longest hours, and the greatest subsidy and financial support to the families who earn the least. 

 

“We know the cost pressures that families face so we’ve taken action to overhaul a broken system,” said Jason Falinski

 

“Families using child care Mackellar should be reassured that relief is around the corner.”

 

The child care changes are focused on helping the families that need it most.

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Mandatory minimum sentences for child sexual offences

For too long, Australians have had to live with the threat of child abuse, all the while unsure that the law has their interests at heart.  This is why the Turnbull Government has announced tough new laws that represent the greatest crack down on paedophiles in a generation.

 

Under these new laws, child sex offenders will spend longer in jail, be less likely to be granted bail and parole, face mandatory minimum sentences and be closely supervised following their release. This Bill targets all aspects of the child sex offender cycle by strengthening measures atthe time of charging, bail, sentencing and upon release.

 

See my speech to Parliament on why these measures are vital to protect our children. 

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