Federal Minister for Ageing Mark Butler joined Senator Louise Pratt today at the Kingsway Football & Sporting Club to discuss the Government’s aged care reforms with the local community.
Mr Butler said Labor’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package provided a comprehensive 10-year plan to reshape aged care and was the biggest investment in the sector in a generation.
“We’re replacing an aged care system designed a quarter of a century ago which is now ill-equipped to meet the needs of retiring baby boomers and their parents who are living longer and healthier lives,” Mr Butler said.
“Over 4000 older people told me during community consultations that they wanted more choice and control over the way their services were delivered.
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Students at Alinjarra Primary School in Alexander Heights today joined with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy and Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt for the WA launch of a new augmented reality Harmony Day app, 'Harmony Day Stories'.
Senator Pratt said, “Alinjarra does a great Job celebrating Harmony Day each year which is why it was chosen for the WA launch of the ‘Harmony Day Stories App.”
Senator Lundy said the app shares three unique migration stories and comes with supplementary educational materials for schools. All smart phone and tablet users can now share in these special Australian stories.
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Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, today congratulated South Hedland Hostel for their work which has been recognised in this year’s Closing the Gap Prime Minister’s Report.
Closing the Gap is a national effort focused on ending Indigenous disadvantage and South Hedland Hostel is playing a valuable role in ensuring this outcome is achieved.
Senator Pratt said "The Gillard Government is committed to improving outcomes for Indigenous people in important areas including health and education.”
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Senator for Western Australia, Louise Pratt today welcomed the Gillard Government’s announcement that all Australians will now have access to faster speeds on the National Broadband Network (NBN) than they can get today over the ageing copper network, following an upgrade to the NBN’s fixed wireless and satellite services.
NBN fixed wireless along with the long term satellite services will now provide speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download and 5 Mbps upload.
This upgrade represents a doubling of speeds for both the NBN’s fixed wireless and long term satellite services, ensuring better quality broadband services for the people of Geraldton.
Geraldton residents will now be able to access significantly faster speeds than what is available now through ADSL services.
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Senator Louise Pratt has hit out at State Treasurer Troy Buswell after he spoke of tax reform being “hamstrung by parameters” in Canberra today.
“The parameters he is talking about is Labor’s refusal to look at increasing the GST and expanding it to cover basic things like food, education and aids for people with disability.
“Labor makes no excuses for refusing to put these costs on the table for discussion as part of tax reform – we don’t want to see an increase or expansion of the GST that would increase costs imposed on households,” Senator Pratt said.
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Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia is today encouraging former Australian Women’s Land Army members or their next of kin, to apply to receive a commemorative brooch, the historical publication ‘Serving on the Home Front’and a certificate signed by the Governor-General in recognition of their outstanding efforts during World War Two.
Senator Pratt said the striking commemorative brooch was an important way to recognise the remarkable contribution made by members of the AWLA to the Australian war effort during the Second World War.
“More than 6,000 women served in the Australian Women’s Land Army and contributed to the war effort by working to feed and clothe the nation,” Senator Pratt said.
“The Australian Government wants to ensure that the efforts of these women are being formally recognised and that their service to our country will never be forgotten.
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Senator Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, today officially opened the new Mirrabooka Hospitality Trade Training Centre at Mirrabooka Senior High School.
Senator Pratt said the Trade Training Centre received $3.5 million from the Gillard Government as part of the Trade Training Centres in Schools program.
“It’s great to be here today to celebrate the opening of this Trade Training Centre which is already having a hugely positive impact on this school, its students and the broader community,” Senator Pratt said.
“I congratulate all of those involved in making this project a success and applaud your commitment to improving the opportunities and training pathways for the young people of this region.”
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Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean and Senator for Western Australia Louise Pratt today welcomed the commencement of works on Stage 2 of the $60 million Carnarvon Flood Mitigation project.
The Australian Government has invested $15 million through the second round of the almost $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund.
“The construction of Stage 2 of the Carnarvon Flood Mitigation project is another example of investing in important community infrastructure to help secure the future of regional Australia,” Mr Crean said.
“The five levees under construction in Carnarvon will protect this area from increasingly frequent and severe flooding and open up new opportunities for land development.
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Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Labor Senator for Western Australia, Senator Louise Pratt, today welcomed the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre in Geraldton.
Senator Pratt was in town to help lay the first NBN fibre cable, with Geraldton residents able to connect to the NBN from early next year.
“Work is well underway in Geraldton and the surrounding suburbs to connect 14,300 homes and businesses to the NBN fibre network. We’re rolling out the fibre now, and people living in these areas will be able to connect to the NBN from early next year,” Senator Conroy said.
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The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today joined Western Australian Labor Senators Louise Pratt and Glenn Sterle to inspect the work underway on the construction of a new family and early learning centre in Djarindjin.
Ms Macklin planted a medicine tree during a community celebration at the centre, and inspected other infrastructure works currently underway in the community.
The new centre is one of several projects being delivered on the Peninsula as part of a $6 million Federal Government investment under the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program (AACAP).
“The family and early learning centre will open early next year and is going to be a fantastic resource for the community, providing childcare services as well as parenting support programs for local families,” Ms Macklin said.
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