All the Motions from National Conference 2011

This is more or less the full list of 400 Motions on the agenda at the ALP’s 46th National Conference, including those that succeeded and those that failed. (It’s long…)


Amendment 001A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

1.1.      insert new paragraph (a):

(a)     The Party will adopt a community-organising model which aims to empower and equip members to work in their local communities on campaigns, to build stronger community connections and to recruit members. The community-organising model applies to State and Territory Branches and all other constituent units.

Original Paragraph 13:
  1. In addition to geographically based local branches within State and federal electorates,

    State and Territory Branches should consider different forms of rank and file

    organisation, such as:

    1. occupation, workplace and employment related branches,
    2. university and TAFE campus branches, and
    3. policy forums (including online forums).

    However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue

    only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.

  2. The number of local branches in metropolitan areas should be consolidated to provide

    for larger meetings and better branch organisation.

  3. Branches should be involved in local community activities, and should provide regular

    updates and suggestions of events in which members might participate.

  4. Local branches and MPs should institute, and participate in, regular joint community

    consultation processes in their electorates to raise the profile of the ALP and provide

    feedback on policy and Party initiatives.

  5. MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence

    promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered.

  6. State and Territory Branches should ask branches to nominate either a women’s

    officer or contact person to assist the development of equitable participation for

    women in the Party.

  7. State and Territory Branch rules should provide for a forum of all members within each

    federal electorate to be held at least once each year.

  8. The Federal Electorate Council (FEC), or combinations thereof, shall be encouraged to

    appoint a Women’s Contact Officer, Community Activities Officer and a Policy

    Development Officer when electing or appointing its executive.

  9. The Community Activities Officer and Women’s Contact Officer shall assist the local

    branches to identify the major issues within the community, within which they should be

    active and assist in the development of either endorsed or unendorsed (depending on

    the State Branches) candidates for local government or other community bodies.

  10. The State Branches shall assume within their organisational structure the

    responsibilities of coordinating the Women’s Contact Officers, Community Activities

    Officers and the Policy Development Officers.

  11. The Policy Development Officer at a State Office level and at State and federal

    electorate level shall be responsible for coordinating policy input on local, State or

    federal matters, as appropriate, and work within a defined relationship between those

    electorate based Policy Committees and State and Territory Policy Committees and/or

    the National Policy Committee.

  12. Each State Branch shall develop training programs for Branch executives, candidates

    and activists, as well as introductory programs for new Party members and mentoring

    and development programs targeting women. The National Secretariat shall assist in

    the development of such programs.

  13. State and Territory Branches should form supporters clubs, and explore the possibility

    of the creation of an associate class of membership as a way of broadening

    involvement in the Party.




Amendment 002A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 14
Page Number: 218
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

insert new NPO 14:

14.    The National Secretariat and State and Territory Branches must dedicate an adequate and meaningful budget allocation to new Party-building activities. State and Territory Branches must report to the National Executive on their budget allocations and activities annually.

Original Paragraph 14:
  1. State and Territory Branches should expand and improve the system of State and

    Territory Policy Committees, which should be linked to any policy forums that have

    been established.

  2. All Party members should be eligible to attend State and Territory Policy Committee

    meetings to contribute specialised knowledge and expertise on policy issues. However,

    final decisions on policy documents should continue to be taken by elected Committee

    members. Committees should, where feasible, conduct forums and consultations in

    regional centres.

  3. Resolutions passed by Party units should be circulated to the relevant Ministers and

    Shadow Ministers, State and Territory Policy Committees and the National Policy

    Committee for consideration and response.




Amendment 003A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 6
Page Number: 215
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

 add new paragraph (d):

(d)     The Party will grant an amnesty to former members who have left the Party within the last five years, but who are willing to rejoin. The amnesty will include the restoration of full membership rights, but will not extend to any former member who has brought discredit on the Party or its representatives. Each State and Territory Branch must amend its rules to give effect to this paragraph.

Original Paragraph 6:
  1. Membership of the ALP is open to all residents of Australia who are prepared to accept

    its objectives and who have associations with no other political party or proscribed

    organisation. This right to join shall not be impaired other than in circumstances in

    which it can be demonstrated clearly that an individual cannot meet the requirement

    outlined above.

  2. Members of the Party are encouraged to be members of a union or to employ union

    labour. State and Territory Branch rules should require members of the Party to be

    members of a union or to employ union labour to the maximum extent permitted by law.

  3. To further encourage union members to join the Party, State and Territory Branches

    should offer discounts in membership subscriptions for members of affiliated unions.




Amendment 004A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

replace paragraph (e) with:

(e)     MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered. The National Executive shall establish an online portal for branches and other constituent units to lodge resolutions and correspondence to Federal Ministers and MPs, and the National Policy Forum.

Original Paragraph 13:
  1. In addition to geographically based local branches within State and federal electorates,

    State and Territory Branches should consider different forms of rank and file

    organisation, such as:

    1. occupation, workplace and employment related branches,
    2. university and TAFE campus branches, and
    3. policy forums (including online forums).

    However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue

    only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.

  2. The number of local branches in metropolitan areas should be consolidated to provide

    for larger meetings and better branch organisation.

  3. Branches should be involved in local community activities, and should provide regular

    updates and suggestions of events in which members might participate.

  4. Local branches and MPs should institute, and participate in, regular joint community

    consultation processes in their electorates to raise the profile of the ALP and provide

    feedback on policy and Party initiatives.

  5. MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence

    promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered.

  6. State and Territory Branches should ask branches to nominate either a women’s

    officer or contact person to assist the development of equitable participation for

    women in the Party.

  7. State and Territory Branch rules should provide for a forum of all members within each

    federal electorate to be held at least once each year.

  8. The Federal Electorate Council (FEC), or combinations thereof, shall be encouraged to

    appoint a Women’s Contact Officer, Community Activities Officer and a Policy

    Development Officer when electing or appointing its executive.

  9. The Community Activities Officer and Women’s Contact Officer shall assist the local

    branches to identify the major issues within the community, within which they should be

    active and assist in the development of either endorsed or unendorsed (depending on

    the State Branches) candidates for local government or other community bodies.

  10. The State Branches shall assume within their organisational structure the

    responsibilities of coordinating the Women’s Contact Officers, Community Activities

    Officers and the Policy Development Officers.

  11. The Policy Development Officer at a State Office level and at State and federal

    electorate level shall be responsible for coordinating policy input on local, State or

    federal matters, as appropriate, and work within a defined relationship between those

    electorate based Policy Committees and State and Territory Policy Committees and/or

    the National Policy Committee.

  12. Each State Branch shall develop training programs for Branch executives, candidates

    and activists, as well as introductory programs for new Party members and mentoring

    and development programs targeting women. The National Secretariat shall assist in

    the development of such programs.

  13. State and Territory Branches should form supporters clubs, and explore the possibility

    of the creation of an associate class of membership as a way of broadening

    involvement in the Party.




Amendment 005A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 2
Page Number: 215
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

 

 insert new NPO 2:

2.      Federal, State and Territory Ministers must report back to their respective Party Conferences on the implementation of platform and policy commitments.

 

Original Paragraph 2:

On matters that are not subject to National Platform or Conference or Executive decisions, or

their State and Territory equivalents, the majority decision of the relevant Parliamentary Labor

Party shall be binding upon all members of the parliament.




Amendment 006A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 5
Page Number: 215
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

 Replace paragraph (a) with:

(a)     In all States the State Conference must comprise an equal number of delegates of affiliated unions and delegates directly elected by Party members in that State. The number of delegates who are not delegates of affiliated unions or delegates directly elected by Party members in that State must be no more than 5% of the total number of delegates. This principle applies to all State level Party bodies composed of direct representatives of affiliated unions and Party members. (This principle will not apply to Territory Branches until the proportion of unions affiliated is equivalent to that in the States.)

Original Paragraph 5:
  1. In all States the State Conference shall comprise 50 percent union representatives and

    50 percent constituency Party representatives. (This shall not bind Territory Branches

    until the proportion of unions affiliated is equivalent to that in the States. This principle

    shall apply to all State level Party units comprised of direct representatives of unions

    and constituency units.)

  2. State Branches should increase or maintain the size of State Conferences, which

    should have greater rank and file involvement.




Amendment 007A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 6
Page Number: 215
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

 Insert new NPO 6:

Voting

6.      No delegate to any Party conference or member of any Party body is entitled to exercise more than one vote, whether in their own right or as a proxy.

 

 

Original Paragraph 6:
  1. Membership of the ALP is open to all residents of Australia who are prepared to accept

    its objectives and who have associations with no other political party or proscribed

    organisation. This right to join shall not be impaired other than in circumstances in

    which it can be demonstrated clearly that an individual cannot meet the requirement

    outlined above.

  2. Members of the Party are encouraged to be members of a union or to employ union

    labour. State and Territory Branch rules should require members of the Party to be

    members of a union or to employ union labour to the maximum extent permitted by law.

  3. To further encourage union members to join the Party, State and Territory Branches

    should offer discounts in membership subscriptions for members of affiliated unions.




Amendment 008A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 216
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

Replace “subject to those delegates being members of that union and financial members of the Party” with “subject to those delegates being financial members of that union and of the Party.”

 

 

Original Paragraph 9:

Subject to rule 10(b), it shall be the right of each union to determine the criteria and

procedures for selection of its delegates, subject to those delegates being members of that

union and financial members of the Party.


Resolution 009R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

 In Part D, add new resolution 16 to implement NPOs:

Affiliated Unions

16.    That, in order to encourage the participation of more union members in the Party, affiliated unions be requested to ask members on joining or renewing their membership to become involved in the Party, through such means as voting in primaries (if applicable), representing the union at Party conferences and joining the Party.




Amendment 011A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 15
Page Number: 218
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

Insert new NPO 15 after NPO 14:

Central Policy Branches

15.    (a)     State and Territory Branches may establish Central Policy Branches or Forums in capital cities and major regional centres.

(b)     The National Secretariat should assist Central Policy Branches by providing lectures, presentations and seminars online for Party members.

Original Paragraph 15:
  1. Any member who meets the membership eligibility requirements shall be entitled to

    participate in voting for a candidate in any preselection covered by the applicable

    boundaries within which they reside, subject to clause 15(c).

  2. The only residential boundaries that can affect that right are those devised by either

    federal, State or municipal electoral commissions. That is, the entitlement is guaranteed

    by the publicly known and independently drawn boundaries of respective electoral

    commissions. Therefore, if you live within the respective electorate and meet other

    criteria within the rules you are eligible to vote in the preselection.

  3. To ensure the integrity of preselection ballots, no member shall receive a vote in any

    preselection unless that member is correctly enrolled with the Australian Electoral

    Commission to vote in a federal election. The member’s address for the purposes of

    preselection will be their enrolled address.

  4. In order to ensure that MPs are fulfilling local responsibilities, State and Territory

    Branches must:

    1. introduce a system of compulsory candidate forums during preselection

      processes; and

    2. develop a system of reporting to federal electorate bodies the activities of

      their MP.


Resolution 013R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

Part D, add new resolution 11

 

11. That, as a first step towards re-engaging with Party members, the National Secretariat conduct the first national survey of Party members to seek their views, expectations and attitudes to the Party. Suggestions about improving Party organisation should also be sought. That the results of the survey be published in summary form to members.


Resolution 014R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

Part D, add new resolutions 12

12. That the National Executive discuss and determine a membership growth target for increasing membership over the next five years, with progress targets set for each year. That membership numbers achieved be reported on an annual basis to the membership. 


Resolution 015R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

Part D, add new resolutions 13

13. That the Party appoint a National Director of Organising as a standalone position to grow membership and to assist the building of better branches. That the National Organising Director report growth activities to the National Executive. 


Resolution 016R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

Part D, add new resolutions 14

14. That the Party establish a cost-effective national campaigning organising and training academy to boost the skills, awareness and knowledge of members to allow them to better participate in party-building and recruitment activities. 


Resolution 017R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

Part D, add new resolutions 15

15. That a system of small, annual grants be established at a national level to assist with Party-building activities. That local branches be encouraged to apply for grants and the scheme be overseen by a panel of senior Party members, removed from the day-to-day affairs of the Party. 




Amendment 018A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 6
Page Number: 202
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In rule 6, replace paragraphs (e) and (f) with:
(e) At least [insert fraction or percentage] of the delegates (including proxy delegates) from each State and Territory must be directly elected from and by Party members in that State or Territory in a single ballot by proportional representation with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10 held at the same time as the election of the National President and Vice-Presidents under rule 9.
(f) The remaining delegates (including proxy delegates) from each State and Territory must be directly elected in a single ballot by proportional representation with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10 in the 12 months before each triennial National Conference in accordance with the rules of that State or Territory Branch.

Original Paragraph 6:
  1. National Conference shall consist of 400 delegates, comprising:
    1. three delegates being the National President and National Vice-Presidents

      elected under rule 9(a);

    2. four delegates being the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary

      Labor Party and the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Party in the Senate;

    3. six delegates elected from and by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party;
    4. delegations from each State consisting of:
      1. the State Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 12 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that State as at the

        previous 31 December;

    5. delegations from each Territory consisting of:
      1. the Territory Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 2 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that Territory as at the

        previous 31 December; and

    6. three delegates from Australian Young Labor.
  2. State Secretaries and members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party who are not

    delegates to National Conference shall be able to attend National Conference with the

    rights of delegates except that of voting.

  3. All members of the State or Territory Branch shall be eligible to be elected as delegates

    from that State or Territory.

Proxy Delegates

    1. Each State shall be entitled to a minimum of two proxies up to a maximum equal

      to half the State’s delegation.

    2. The credentials for State Branch proxies shall be circulated in advance and

      accepted at the commencement of the Conference and no other proxies may

      be admitted.

    3. It is the responsibility of each State delegation to ensure that the Chair is advised

      of all changes of delegation during the Conference. No proxy shall participate in

      the debate of a report in which the delegate he/she is replacing has participated.

    4. State and federal Leaders may each nominate one proxy subject to paragraph (ii)

      above. Such proxies must be a member of the relevant parliamentary party.

  1. All delegates must be elected by a system of proportional representation in a single

    ballot with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10.

  2. Delegates shall be elected within 12 months prior to the date of National Conference.
  3. State Branches cannot bind delegates with regard to their vote on any issue before the

    National Conference.

  4. National Conference shall be held every three years in a location determined by the

    National Executive which shall have the responsibility for determining the time of the

    National Conference.

  5. Special National Conferences may be held for specially stated purposes and shall be

    called in the manner prescribed by these Rules.

    1. The National President and National Vice-Presidents need not be delegates to

      National Conference, but have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

    2. The National Secretary shall not be a delegate to National Conference, but shall

      have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

  6. The National Secretary, after receiving instructions from the convening authority, shall

    observe the following procedure for the purpose of establishing the Conference

    agenda:

    1. give the following bodies three months notice to send items to the National Policy

      Committee: State Branches, Australian Young Labor, and Federal Electorate

      Councils, and trade unions whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a

      majority of States in which they operate, all of which shall have the right to submit

      items to the National Policy Committee. Bodies so submitting items to the National

      Policy Committee shall be notified in writing of the Committee’s views on such

      items; and

    2. send to State Branches and other bodies represented at National Conference,

      agenda and any other documents related thereto at least one month before

      Conference meets.




Amendment 019A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 206
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In rule 9, replace paragraphs (a) and (b) with:
(a) The National President and two National Vice-Presidents must be directly elected from and by Party members in the 12 months before each triennial National Conference, with separate ballots by proportional representation, the first for the National President and the second for the two National Vice-Presidents.
(b) The National Vice-President elected first is the Senior National Vice-President and the National Vice-President elected second is the Junior National Vice-President.
(c) The National President and National Vice-Presidents hold office from the beginning of the National Conference after they are elected until their successors take office.

renumber accordingly

Original Paragraph 9:
  1. The National President and 2 National Vice-Presidents must be directly elected from

    and by Party members in the 12 months before each triennial National Conference in

    a single ballot by proportional representation with affirmative action in accordance

    with rule 10.

    1. The candidate first elected holds office in turn as National President, National

      Junior Vice-President and National Senior Vice-President.

    2. The candidate second elected holds office in turn as National Senior Vice-

      President, National President and National Junior Vice-President.

    3. The candidate third elected holds office in turn as National Junior Vice-President,

      National Senior Vice-President and National President.

    4. The term of office in each position is 12 months, beginning at the commencement

      of National Conference or on the anniversary of that date, except that the term of

      office in the third position ends at the commencement of the next triennial

      National Conference.

  2. The National President, when available, will chair National Conference and meetings of

    the National Executive, and conduct such meetings in accordance with the National

    Conference Standing Orders. The National President will carry out any other duties

    referred by the National Executive.

  3. The National Vice-Presidents in order of seniority will take the Chair in the absence of

    the National President, and carry out any other duties referred by the National

    Executive.




Amendment 020A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 7
Page Number: 204
Mover: John Graham
Seconder: Jackie Trad
Amendment Text:

7, in paragraph (a), replace subparagraph (i) with:
(i) the National President and National Vice-Presidents, who are directly elected by Party members in accordance with rule 9(a), have the full rights of a delegate, including that of voting;

Original Paragraph 7:
  1. The National Executive of the Party, which shall be the chief administrative authority

    subject only to National Conference, shall be constituted in the following manner:

    1. the National President and National Vice-Presidents, who are directly elected by

      Party members in accordance with rule 9(a), have the full rights of a delegate

      except that of voting, unless elected as a delegate in their own right;

    2. 20 executive members elected by the National Conference;
    3. the National Secretary, who shall be elected by the National Conference, shall not

      be a delegate but shall have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting;

    4. the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party or proxy nominated by the

      Leader. Such proxy must be a member of the Federal Parliamentary Party;

    5. State Secretaries who are not delegates to the National Executive shall be able to

      attend National Executive meetings with the rights of delegates except that of

      voting; and

    6. Delegates shall be entitled to nominate their proxy for any meeting or

      part of a meeting that they are unable to attend and for any ballot in

      which they are unable to vote.

    1. The terms of all those elected by the National Conference shall commence at the

      conclusion of the National Conference at which they are elected. They shall be

      subject to re-election at each Conference except the National Secretary who shall

      be subject to re-election at every second Conference.

    2. Casual vacancies will be filled by the National Executive in accordance with the

      principles of proportional representation.

    3. Casual vacancies for the positions of National President, National Vice-Presidents

      and National Secretary shall be filled by a ballot of the National Executive and the

      National Executive Committee shall institute procedures to hold a ballot.

  2. Powers and Duties of the National Executive

  3. Decisions of the National Executive are binding on all sections and

    members of the ALP subject only to appeal to National Conference.

    Pending the hearing of any appeal, the decision of the National

    Executive continues to operate.

  4. Subject only to National Conference, the National Executive may

    exercise all powers of the Party on its behalf without limitation,

    including in relation to the State Branches and other sections of the

    Party.

  5. Without limiting the plenary powers of the National Executive under rule 7(d), the National Executive:
    1. is the administrative authority of the Party responsible for:
      1. carrying out the decisions of National Conference;
      2. interpreting the National Constitution, the National Platform and decisions of National Conference; and
      3. directing federal members;
    2. must convene triennial National Conferences in accordance with these Rules;
    3. may convene Special National Conferences for specified purposes;
    4. must convene a Special National Conference for a specified purpose when requested by a majority of State Branches;
    5. must elect a National Executive Committee and a National Policy Committee;
    6. may elect such other committees as it may determine from time to time;
    7. must consider any matter submitted to it by a State Branch, Australian

      Young Labor, the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party or a trade union

      whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a majority of

      States in which it operates (in this rule "affiliated organisation");

    8. may hear and decide appeals from any affiliated organisation or

      individual member against a decision of a State Branch alleged to be

      inconsistent with any national decision or matter; and

    9. may hear and decide appeals by any person seeking to be a candidate for

      a federal election against a decision of a State Branch affecting that

      person's preselection.

  6. Without limiting the plenary powers of the National Executive under

    rule 7(d), if in the opinion of the National Executive any State Branch

    or section of the Party is acting or has acted in a manner contrary to

    the National Constitution, the National Platform or a decision of

    National Conference, as interpreted by the National Executive, the

    National Executive may:

    1. overrule the State Branch or section;
    2. intervene in the State Branch or section, and take over and direct the conduct of its affairs; and
    3. conduct any preselection that would otherwise have been decided by the State Branch or section.
  7. The National Executive must meet at least three times each year.

    Subject to the National Executive, the National Executive Committee is

    responsible for convening meetings of the National Executive.

    1. The National Executive may meet by telephone and other

      electronic means provided each member who wishes to participate in the

      meeting is able to clearly and simultaneously communicate with every

      other such member.

    2. A resolution agreed to in writing by all voting members of the

      National Executive has the same effect as a resolution passed at a

      meeting of the National Executive. In this rule "writing" includes

      emails, faxes and other electronic means of representing or reproducing

      words in a visible form.

    3. The National Executive may conduct elections by postal vote.




Amendment 021A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 5
Page Number: 215
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

New NPO 5 with:
State and Territory Branch President and Vice-Presidents
5. Each State and Territory Branch must amend its rules so that its President and Vice-Presidents are directly elected from and by the Party members in that State or Territory on the same basis as the National President and Vice-Presidents under rule 9.

Original Paragraph 5:
  1. In all States the State Conference shall comprise 50 percent union representatives and

    50 percent constituency Party representatives. (This shall not bind Territory Branches

    until the proportion of unions affiliated is equivalent to that in the States. This principle

    shall apply to all State level Party units comprised of direct representatives of unions

    and constituency units.)

  2. State Branches should increase or maintain the size of State Conferences, which

    should have greater rank and file involvement.




Amendment 022A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 18
Page Number: 213
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

Amend rule 18 as follows:
In paragraph (a), subparagraph (i), replace “at its first meeting” with “within three months”.

In paragraph (a), subparagraph (ii), replace “three” with “five”.

In paragraph (c), replace “a member” with “three members”.

In paragraph (d), delete “on behalf of the National Executive ” and “; and making recommendations to the National Executive in relation to those appeals”, and replace “hearing” with “hearing and deciding”.

In paragraph (f), subparagraph (iii), delete “the National Executive and ” and replace “recommendations” with “decision”.

Replace paragraph (g) with:
(g) Decisions of the Tribunal are final and binding on all members, affiliated unions and constituent units.

In paragraph (h), delete ” and any direction of the National Executive”.

Original Paragraph 18:
  1. The National Executive must:
    1. at its first meeting after each triennial National Conference; and
    2. whenever there is a vacancy in a position;

      by a three-quarters majority of all voting members appoint three persons to form the

      panel for the National Appeals Tribunal.

  2. A member of the panel may only be removed by a three-quarters majority of all voting

    members of the National Executive.

  3. In respect of each appeal, the Tribunal is constituted by a member of the panel

    determined by lot under the supervision of the National Secretary.

  4. The Tribunal is responsible on behalf of the National Executive for hearing all appeals

    by members, affiliated unions and constituent units of the Party that relate to:

    1. compliance with the National Constitution; or
    2. enforcement of the rights and obligations of members, affiliated unions and

      constituent units under the National Constitution;

      and making recommendations to the National Executive in relation to those appeals.

  5. No appeal may be heard by the Tribunal until all practicable avenues of appeal have

    been exhausted under the rules of the relevant State or Territory Branch.

  6. The Tribunal must:
    1. comply with the rules of procedural fairness in conducting hearings;
    2. (subject to paragraph (i)) conduct its hearings as expeditiously as possible; and
    3. give the National Executive and all parties to the appeal written reasons for its

      recommendations.

  7. The National Executive:
    1. must promptly consider all recommendations of the Tribunal; and
    2. may make any decision in relation to the appeal it thinks fit.
  8. The Tribunal:
    1. must prescribe guidelines for the conduct of appeals, including the granting of

      leave by the Tribunal to hear appeals; and

    2. may otherwise regulate its own procedure;

      subject to these Rules and any direction of the National Executive.

  9. In this rule “National Constitution” has the same meaning as in rule 19.

    (j)

    The powers of the National Executive under this rule are in addition to, and not in

    derogation from, those contained in rule 7(c).




Amendment 023A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 15
Page Number: 218
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

in NPO 15, add new paragraph (e):
(e) The National Executive and State Administrative Committees may only intervene in preselections as a last resort, rather than a first resort, and then only in exceptional circumstances.

Original Paragraph 15:
  1. Any member who meets the membership eligibility requirements shall be entitled to

    participate in voting for a candidate in any preselection covered by the applicable

    boundaries within which they reside, subject to clause 15(c).

  2. The only residential boundaries that can affect that right are those devised by either

    federal, State or municipal electoral commissions. That is, the entitlement is guaranteed

    by the publicly known and independently drawn boundaries of respective electoral

    commissions. Therefore, if you live within the respective electorate and meet other

    criteria within the rules you are eligible to vote in the preselection.

  3. To ensure the integrity of preselection ballots, no member shall receive a vote in any

    preselection unless that member is correctly enrolled with the Australian Electoral

    Commission to vote in a federal election. The member’s address for the purposes of

    preselection will be their enrolled address.

  4. In order to ensure that MPs are fulfilling local responsibilities, State and Territory

    Branches must:

    1. introduce a system of compulsory candidate forums during preselection

      processes; and

    2. develop a system of reporting to federal electorate bodies the activities of

      their MP.




Amendment 025A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 18
Page Number: 219
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

Insert new NPO 18:
18. (a) The National Secretariat should establish a Labor supporters network in accordance with guidelines made by the National Executive.
(b) The network will be governed by a board of independent, senior Party people and young activists drawn from the Party, union movement and progressive third party organisations.
(c) It will provide progressive Australians with:
(i) an online presence where they can engage with progressive ideas and policies;
(ii) a place to organise progressive campaigns; and
(iii) an opportunity to engage with the Party.

Original Paragraph 18:

The National Executive will monitor the implementation of these National Principles of

Organisation in consultation with the State and Territory Branches. These Principles will apply

equally to all State and Territory Branches unless otherwise stated.


Resolution 026R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

In Part D, after new resolution 15, insert new resolution 16 to implement NPOs:

16. That the Party at a national level institute a Labor Community Dialogue program as has occurred at State levels of the Party, to facilitate access and discussion between the Party, community organisations and community leaders, and that this be supported by an active series of online engagement opportunities that would connect progressive community organisations with the Party at both a membership and parliamentary level.




Amendment 027A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 11
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

4.4. In Part C, after NPO 11, insert new NPOs 12

Non-Union Affiliates
12. State and Territory Branches should amend their rules to allow the affiliation of like-minded organisations, in addition to unions.

Original Paragraph 11:

All Labor MPs must establish dialogue with local union activists in their electorates, including

frequent meetings with those union activists who work in their area. Senators and MLCs must

be invited to attend such meetings.




Amendment 028A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part C, after new NPO 12, insert new NPO 13

Campaign Groups
13. State and Territory Branches should grant campaign groups such as the Labor Environment Action Network and Rainbow Labor non-voting delegate rights at State and Territory Conferences and relevant policy committees, once they are able to demonstrate and verify membership of a sufficient size in accordance with criteria set by the National Executive.

Original Paragraph 13:
  1. In addition to geographically based local branches within State and federal electorates,

    State and Territory Branches should consider different forms of rank and file

    organisation, such as:

    1. occupation, workplace and employment related branches,
    2. university and TAFE campus branches, and
    3. policy forums (including online forums).

    However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue

    only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.

  2. The number of local branches in metropolitan areas should be consolidated to provide

    for larger meetings and better branch organisation.

  3. Branches should be involved in local community activities, and should provide regular

    updates and suggestions of events in which members might participate.

  4. Local branches and MPs should institute, and participate in, regular joint community

    consultation processes in their electorates to raise the profile of the ALP and provide

    feedback on policy and Party initiatives.

  5. MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence

    promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered.

  6. State and Territory Branches should ask branches to nominate either a women’s

    officer or contact person to assist the development of equitable participation for

    women in the Party.

  7. State and Territory Branch rules should provide for a forum of all members within each

    federal electorate to be held at least once each year.

  8. The Federal Electorate Council (FEC), or combinations thereof, shall be encouraged to

    appoint a Women’s Contact Officer, Community Activities Officer and a Policy

    Development Officer when electing or appointing its executive.

  9. The Community Activities Officer and Women’s Contact Officer shall assist the local

    branches to identify the major issues within the community, within which they should be

    active and assist in the development of either endorsed or unendorsed (depending on

    the State Branches) candidates for local government or other community bodies.

  10. The State Branches shall assume within their organisational structure the

    responsibilities of coordinating the Women’s Contact Officers, Community Activities

    Officers and the Policy Development Officers.

  11. The Policy Development Officer at a State Office level and at State and federal

    electorate level shall be responsible for coordinating policy input on local, State or

    federal matters, as appropriate, and work within a defined relationship between those

    electorate based Policy Committees and State and Territory Policy Committees and/or

    the National Policy Committee.

  12. Each State Branch shall develop training programs for Branch executives, candidates

    and activists, as well as introductory programs for new Party members and mentoring

    and development programs targeting women. The National Secretariat shall assist in

    the development of such programs.

  13. State and Territory Branches should form supporters clubs, and explore the possibility

    of the creation of an associate class of membership as a way of broadening

    involvement in the Party.




Amendment 029A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part C, in NPO 13, add new paragraph (n):
(n) Labor Connect should be expanded as a membership organising and campaigning tool.

Original Paragraph 13:
  1. In addition to geographically based local branches within State and federal electorates,

    State and Territory Branches should consider different forms of rank and file

    organisation, such as:

    1. occupation, workplace and employment related branches,
    2. university and TAFE campus branches, and
    3. policy forums (including online forums).

    However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue

    only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.

  2. The number of local branches in metropolitan areas should be consolidated to provide

    for larger meetings and better branch organisation.

  3. Branches should be involved in local community activities, and should provide regular

    updates and suggestions of events in which members might participate.

  4. Local branches and MPs should institute, and participate in, regular joint community

    consultation processes in their electorates to raise the profile of the ALP and provide

    feedback on policy and Party initiatives.

  5. MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence

    promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered.

  6. State and Territory Branches should ask branches to nominate either a women’s

    officer or contact person to assist the development of equitable participation for

    women in the Party.

  7. State and Territory Branch rules should provide for a forum of all members within each

    federal electorate to be held at least once each year.

  8. The Federal Electorate Council (FEC), or combinations thereof, shall be encouraged to

    appoint a Women’s Contact Officer, Community Activities Officer and a Policy

    Development Officer when electing or appointing its executive.

  9. The Community Activities Officer and Women’s Contact Officer shall assist the local

    branches to identify the major issues within the community, within which they should be

    active and assist in the development of either endorsed or unendorsed (depending on

    the State Branches) candidates for local government or other community bodies.

  10. The State Branches shall assume within their organisational structure the

    responsibilities of coordinating the Women’s Contact Officers, Community Activities

    Officers and the Policy Development Officers.

  11. The Policy Development Officer at a State Office level and at State and federal

    electorate level shall be responsible for coordinating policy input on local, State or

    federal matters, as appropriate, and work within a defined relationship between those

    electorate based Policy Committees and State and Territory Policy Committees and/or

    the National Policy Committee.

  12. Each State Branch shall develop training programs for Branch executives, candidates

    and activists, as well as introductory programs for new Party members and mentoring

    and development programs targeting women. The National Secretariat shall assist in

    the development of such programs.

  13. State and Territory Branches should form supporters clubs, and explore the possibility

    of the creation of an associate class of membership as a way of broadening

    involvement in the Party.




Amendment 030A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 17
Page Number: 213
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part B, in rule 17, add new paragraph (e):
(e) ALAC will include a Campaigns and Growth Forum based on the ACTU model, to connect affiliated unions, the Party and the FPLP into a more meaningful dialogue on shared challenges.

Original Paragraph 17:
  1. There will be an Australian Labor Advisory Council (ALAC), consisting of the Leader

    and senior members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, the National President

    and National Secretary or their nominees, and representatives of the Australian Council

    of Trade Unions.

  2. The role of ALAC will be to provide a formal consultative mechanism between the Party

    and the union movement.

  3. The National Policy Committee must consult with ALAC in relation to Party policy

    relevant to ALAC’s role, and resolutions of ALAC relevant to Party policy must be

    considered by the National Policy Committee.

  4. ALAC must meet at least twice each year, the meetings to be resourced by the

    National Secretariat.




Amendment 031A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 10
Page Number: 216
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part C, in NPO 10, add new paragraph (c):
(c) The LAC will include a Campaigns and Growth Forum based on the ACTU model, to connect affiliated unions, the Party and the SPLP into a more meaningful dialogue on shared challenges.

Original Paragraph 10:
  1. Labor Advisory Council (LAC), consisting of the Leader and senior members of the

    State or Territory Parliamentary Labor Party, the State or Territory President and

    Secretary or their nominees, and representatives of the Trades and Labour Council or

    equivalent body in that State or Territory.

  2. The role of the LAC will be to provide a formal consultative mechanism between the

    Party and the union movement in that State or Territory.




Amendment 033A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 12
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part C, in NPO 12, replace paragraph (b) with:
(b) All financial members of the Party are entitled to full membership rights one year after joining the Party. Those rights include being eligible for preselection and to stand and vote in Party elections. Each State and Territory Branch must amend its rules to give effect to this principle.

Original Paragraph 12:

The following are to be established as minimum standards:

  1. The process of joining the Party shall be simplified and all unnecessary impediments to

    that process shall be removed from State and Territory Branch rules.

  2. Subject to any attendance requirements in the State or Territory, full membership

    rights in all States and Territories shall begin to accrue in accordance with the relevant

    State or Territory requirements and those rights shall accumulate, to a maximum,

    following two years consecutive membership. These rights include: being eligible for

    preselection; standing and voting for or standing on, the various Party bodies and

    executives.

  3. Each State and Territory Branch must adopt rules that establish an appeals process in

    relation to compliance with and enforcement of Branch Rules by members, affiliated

    unions and constituent units of the Branch, such rules to be submitted to the National

    Executive for approval by 1 November 2003. The appeals process must include

    compliance with the rules of procedural fairness, expedited hearings and written

    reasons for decision.


Resolution 034R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Gavin Marshall
Seconder: Gavin Jennings
Resolution Text:

In Part E, resolution 4, add new paragraph (e):

(e) (i) Conference notes the enormous progress that has been made since 2002 towards achieving the targets in rule 10.
(ii) Conference is of the view that the final attainment of the targets in rule 10 needs to be balanced with the desirability of not interfering in the preselection of sitting MPs.
(iii) Conference recognises this is a complex issue, which requires detailed consideration by both the National Executive and the National Labor Women’s Network.
(iv) Accordingly, Conference directs the National Executive and the NLWN Executive to establish a joint working group to report back to National Conference on the most appropriate mechanism for implementing the view Conference has expressed in subparagraph (ii).




Amendment 035A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: C
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 217
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part C, in NPO 13, delete paragraphs (c), (d), (g), (h), (i), (j) and (k).

Original Paragraph 13:
  1. In addition to geographically based local branches within State and federal electorates,

    State and Territory Branches should consider different forms of rank and file

    organisation, such as:

    1. occupation, workplace and employment related branches,
    2. university and TAFE campus branches, and
    3. policy forums (including online forums).

    However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue

    only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.

  2. The number of local branches in metropolitan areas should be consolidated to provide

    for larger meetings and better branch organisation.

  3. Branches should be involved in local community activities, and should provide regular

    updates and suggestions of events in which members might participate.

  4. Local branches and MPs should institute, and participate in, regular joint community

    consultation processes in their electorates to raise the profile of the ALP and provide

    feedback on policy and Party initiatives.

  5. MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to branch correspondence

    promptly so that branch members know their contribution has been considered.

  6. State and Territory Branches should ask branches to nominate either a women’s

    officer or contact person to assist the development of equitable participation for

    women in the Party.

  7. State and Territory Branch rules should provide for a forum of all members within each

    federal electorate to be held at least once each year.

  8. The Federal Electorate Council (FEC), or combinations thereof, shall be encouraged to

    appoint a Women’s Contact Officer, Community Activities Officer and a Policy

    Development Officer when electing or appointing its executive.

  9. The Community Activities Officer and Women’s Contact Officer shall assist the local

    branches to identify the major issues within the community, within which they should be

    active and assist in the development of either endorsed or unendorsed (depending on

    the State Branches) candidates for local government or other community bodies.

  10. The State Branches shall assume within their organisational structure the

    responsibilities of coordinating the Women’s Contact Officers, Community Activities

    Officers and the Policy Development Officers.

  11. The Policy Development Officer at a State Office level and at State and federal

    electorate level shall be responsible for coordinating policy input on local, State or

    federal matters, as appropriate, and work within a defined relationship between those

    electorate based Policy Committees and State and Territory Policy Committees and/or

    the National Policy Committee.

  12. Each State Branch shall develop training programs for Branch executives, candidates

    and activists, as well as introductory programs for new Party members and mentoring

    and development programs targeting women. The National Secretariat shall assist in

    the development of such programs.

  13. State and Territory Branches should form supporters clubs, and explore the possibility

    of the creation of an associate class of membership as a way of broadening

    involvement in the Party.




Amendment 036A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: D
Paragraph: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10,
Page Number: 220
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Amendment Text:

In Part D, delete resolutions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.

Original Paragraph 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10:

2

The National Secretary shall be requested to prepare an annual budget for internal Party

communications, to include methods of financing, as well as expenditure. The National

Executive shall liaise with the State and Territory Branches with the objective of improving

internal Party communications.

(for direction to the National Secretariat)

3

That the responsibilities of National Executive be clarified to ensure appropriate powers to

manage the Party’s:

  1. finances,
  2. education and training for memberships,
  3. liaison with the trade union movement,
  4. liaison with community organisations,
  5. campaign technique development for Party members and constituent units, and
  6. Party communication;

    and to organise the Manning Clark Labor History Memorial Lecture at each National

    Conference of the Party.

4

That National Conference instructs the National Executive and State Administrative

Committees to undertake a review of campaign techniques to ensure continued electoral

success. The following principles are central to such a review:

  1. the need for redevelopment of campaign skills within safe Labor seats;
  2. the need for continuous workplace campaigns to be developed in consultation with the

    trade union movement;

  3. improved liaison with community organisations; and

    (d)

    continued development of ministerial involvement at the local level.

6

Preselections

That the matter of preselections be referred to the ongoing organisational review process.

7

  1. The National Secretariat shall coordinate a regular program of ministerial visits to FEC

    meetings, coordinated through the State Branch offices, to report on the work of the

    Government and then receive views of Party members. Such FEC meetings to be open

    to all Party members.

  2. That a representative delegation from the State Administrative Committee shall combine

    with the parliamentary leadership and Caucus representatives to form a State political

    coordination committee. Such a committee shall meet regularly, to discuss key strategic

    issues facing the Parliamentary Party.

    (for guidance to the National Secretariat and State Branches)

8

Basic Principles

  1. The National Executive establish a Committee for the purpose of revising the Basic

    Principles of the Party including its objectives.

  2. The Committee, in conducting its revision, should invite submissions from any

    interested Party member or interested unit and conduct appropriate seminars on the

    subject, prior to finalising any recommendations on changes.

10

The National Secretariat, in conjunction with State and Territory Secretaries, should

conduct a pilot National Public Office Training Program and report to the National Executive

by 1 July 2003. The NPOTP would involve former Labor leaders and ministers and would be

responsible for: running training schools for candidates, those who aspire to be candidates,

and younger Party members; overseeing mentoring programs; and running skills workshops.

Better training and professional development should also be examined for elected members.


Resolution 037R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Proforma National Executive
Seconder: Proforma National Executive
Resolution Text:

PART D, 11 

Consequent on the amendments to the National Constitution that have been made, renumber all provisions of the National Constitution and cross-references to them accordingly.


Resolution 050R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: Amanda Fazio
Seconder: Chris Bowen
Resolution Text:

Coptic Christians in Egypt

Labor expresses concern at the increase in sectarian tensions and violence affecting Coptic Christians in Egypt and calls for clear respect for religious freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.




Amendment 053A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 9.98
Page Number: 149
Mover: Kate Ellis
Seconder: Amanda Rishworth
Amendment Text:

Add an additional dot point that says “a Government target to increase the representation of women on Australian Government Boards to 40 percent by 2015″.

Original Paragraph 9.98:




Amendment 055A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 27
Page Number: 165
Mover: Kate Ellis
Seconder: Amanda Rishworth
Amendment Text:

Add an additional dot point that says “adopting a target for Government Boards that by 2015 at least 40 percent of members should be women and 40 percent of members should be men”.

Original Paragraph 27:

Labor will work to ensure women’s equal place in the world by:

  • maintaining an active role in international forums to promote the rights of women including institutions formed under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

  • ensuring the Sex Discrimination Act and the powers of the commissioner are adequately protecting women against discrimination on the basis of gender and family responsibility

  • supporting women’s representative organisations to participate in policy development

  • applying sophisticated gender policy advice and analysis to policy development of the government

  • supporting and promoting women’s leaders in all facets of Australian society through a range of regulatory and educative measures

  • supporting the greater representation of women in all of Australia’s parliaments

  • supporting diversity in corporate Australia, including in appointments to boards and at the executive level

  • recognising the particular issues faced by Indigenous women, women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities, rural women and young women and ensures that government policies and programs are funded, accessible and appropriate to their needs.




Amendment 058A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 10
Page Number: 33
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Mathew Hilakari
Amendment Text:

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Labor recognises the threat posed by climate change.  This is particularly acute in regional Australia.  Labor is committed to tackling climate change and ensuring support for regional Australia in responding to the challenge of climate change including drought, increased adverse weather events and environmental degradation. [insert] Labor recognises that in protecting our communities well resourced and maintained emergency services are necessary.

Original Paragraph 10:

Labor recognises the threat posed by climate change. This is particularly acute in regional Australia and for employees and businesses in agriculture, tourism and related industries such as retail and hospitality. Labor is committed to tackling climate change and ensuring support for regional Australia in responding to the challenge of climate change including drought, increased adverse weather events and environmental degradation.




Amendment 059A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 184
Page Number: 55
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Mathew Hilakari
Amendment Text:

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Labor recognises that aviation plays a large part in connecting Australia to the world and linking our towns and cities, as well as serving the needs of regional and remote communities.  Labor developed Australia’s first ever comprehensive national Aviation White Paper that recognises that safety and security are critical for the travelling public, and that investment in planned airports and a strong domestic market and general aviation sector are crucial to the long-term future of aviation in Australia. [insert - Labor supports well-resourced and maintained emergency services for the aviation industry and is committed to developing an emergency response strategic plan for the aviation industry.] Labor supports ownership provisions for Australia’s airlines that keep the governance of these airlines in Australia.

Original Paragraph 184:

Labor recognises that aviation plays a large part in connecting Australia to the world and linking our towns and cities, as well as servicing the needs of regional and remote communities. Labor developed Australia’s first ever comprehensive national Aviation White Paper that recognises that safety and security are critical for the travelling public, and that investment in well planned airports and a strong domestic market and general aviation sector are crucial for the long-term future of aviation in Australia. Labor supports ownership provisions for Australia’s airlines that keep the governance of these airlines in Australia.




Amendment 060A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 10
Page Number: 65
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Mathew Hilakari
Amendment Text:

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Protecting our biodiversity is a core environmental challenge, requiring research, regulation and protection, sustainable land management practices, forestry, parks and reserves, and co-operation with landholders, land managers, governments and agencies. 

Add new words:

Our environmental challenge extends to ensuring we have well resourced and equipped emergency services to protect and assist our communities as we respond to the emergencies we will face due to the effects of climate change.

Original Paragraph 10:

Protecting our biodiversity is a core environmental challenge, requiring research, regulation and protection through sustainable land management practices, forestry, parks and reserves and cooperation with landholders, land managers, governments and agencies. Labor created Australia’s modern system of national parks, including the Kosciuszko National Park.




Amendment 063A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 29
Page Number: 98
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

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“Labor understands that a reform process that opens up the aged care sector to market forces entails risks for current and future consumers of aged care. Labor is committed to ensuring that all older Australians, regardless of wealth or circumstance are able to access quality care. Labor recognises the importance of strong and effective regulation of the aged care sector in achieving this commitment.”

Original Paragraph 29:

The reform process will open up the sector to increased competition, will aim to improve quality of care and will require those who have the capacity to pay to contribute to the services they receive. Within this reform process Labor is committed to ensuring that all older Australians, regardless of wealth or circumstance, are able to access quality care.




Amendment 068A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 33
Page Number: 98
Mover: Sheila Hunter
Seconder: Nikki Boyd
Amendment Text:

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“Labor recognises that a move towards greater provision of community care is not possible without fair and competitive wages and improved working conditions. Without such conditions, the attraction and retention of staff will be problematic, leading to reduced quality and worsening care outcomes. Labor will continue to invest in community care services to meet these goals.”

Original Paragraph 33:

Labor recognises that support in the home is vital to meeting the needs of an ageing population and that there is an increasing demand for home support services. Older Australians want to stay in their own homes for the duration of their lives wherever possible. Labor is committed to the provision of services that help older Australians remain independent and in their own homes, close to their family and community wherever possible.




Amendment 069A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 39
Page Number: 99
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

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“Without changes to the workforce, attraction and retention of staff will continue to be problematic and potentially lead to negative quality and care outcomes”

Original Paragraph 39:

Labor strongly supports the vital work performed by all staff in the aged care system, including nursing and personal care staff and will seek to address remuneration issues through the aged care reform process. Without changes to the workforce, attraction and retention of staff will continue to be problematic and potentially lead to negative quality and care outcomes.




Amendment 070A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 40
Page Number: 99
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
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“Labor recognises that there has been a high level of staff turnover in the aged care sector and is committed to reducing this through a range of mechanisms including competitive and fair wages, better career structures, and improved entitlements.”

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Labor recognises that there has been a high level of staff turnover in the aged care sector and is committed to reducing this through a range of mechanisms including competitive wages , better career structures and improved entitlements. Labor is committed to ensuring aged care staff are retained for the long-term.




Amendment 071A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 99
Mover: David Di Troia
Seconder: Larissa Harrison
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“Labor is committed to developing the workforce and through various programs including the Workforce Development Fund, to assist aged care workers to obtain vocational aged care qualifications. Through the National Workforce Development Fund and other programs including Recognition of Current Competencies programs, Labor will support aged care workers to obtain vocational qualifications that are tied to fair and competitive wage outcomes. While Labor remains committed to the aim that Certificate Level III becomes the mandatory minimum qualification, existing workers should not be disadvantaged.”

Original Paragraph 42:

Labor is committed to developing the workforce and through various programs including the Workforce Development Fund, to assist aged care workers to obtain vocational aged care qualifications. While Labor remains committed to the aim that Certificate Level III becomes the mandatory minimum qualification, existing workers should not be disadvantaged.




Amendment 078A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: New paragraph after 19
Page Number: 102
Mover: Davydd Griffiths
Seconder: Verity Firth
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“Labor believes that not only are each of the stages of education important in and of themselves, the transitions between them are also vital times that can be stressful for both students and their parents. Ensuring that every student has a clear pathway between the different levels assists their education and promotes lifelong learning.” 

Original Paragraph New paragraph after 19:

Preamble:




Amendment 079A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 19-27
Page Number: 105
Mover: Helen Gibbons
Seconder: Jannette Armstrong
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Original Paragraph 19-27:

19

Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs.

20

Labor recognises that experiences in early childhood heavily influence the opportunities and life chances of young Australians. Learning and development therefore must be at the centre of our system of Early Childhood Education and Care. Creating this 21st century early childhood education and care system is the responsibility of all levels of government. Our goal is to provide universal preschool education for all children by 2013.

21

Labor will work to create nationally consistent early education standards in cooperation with early childhood educators, ECEC providers and unions, looking specifically at the role of play-based learning, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, and the integration of care and learning in all early childhood settings.

22

Labor is committed to:

  • providing high-quality early education and care options that are flexible, accessible, affordable and convenient for parents

  • ensuring government funding is tied to workforce and quality care outcomes

  • supporting employment and education participation through the provision of early education and care and out of school hour care options that are flexible, accessible and affordable.

23

Labor believes that cost must not be a barrier to early childhood education and care, and will work with all state and territory governments to make early childhood education and care services more affordable for families.

24

Labor will better target assistance to overcome income and location disadvantage in accessing of early childhood education and care.

25

Labor believes that quality care for children can only be provided by a highly-skilled, professional and well-paid workforce. To this end, Labor is:

  • cutting tuition fees for students taking Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Children’s Services at TAFE colleges around Australia

  • creating additional university places in Early Childhood Education courses

  • providing additional financial support to early childhood educators working in hard-to-staff areas, with assistance to reduce HECS-HELP debts incurred through their studies.

26

Labor supports:

  • improving wages and conditions for existing workers and to assist in the recruitment of new qualified workers

  • addressing occupational health and safety concerns, including immunisation and first aid courses for children’s services workers and additional cleaning staff

  • better matching supply and demand of childcare places.

27

Labor will also:

  • coordinate a national program of recognition of prior learning for experienced childcare professionals to attain formal qualifications

  • support dedicated programming time in centres

  • work to reduce staff-to-child ratios in childcare centres, to improve quality of care by enabling childcare professionals to develop secure attachments with children

  • work with state and territory governments to phase in a Certificate III in Children’s Services as a mandatory minimum qualification for childcare professionals.




Amendment 080A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 19
Page Number: 105
Mover: Rose Jackson
Seconder: Jannette Armstrong
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“Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs, including early intervention programs for students with extra educational needs.”

Original Paragraph 19:

Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs.




Amendment 081A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 105
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: Rebecca Reilly
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“Through record investment in fee assistance Labor is committed to ensuring that early childhood education and care remains affordable for Australian families, particularly during this period of reform for the early childhood education and care sector.”

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor believes that cost must not be a barrier to early childhood education and care, and will work with all state and territory governments to make early childhood education and care services more affordable for families.




Amendment 082A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: New paragraph between 24 and 25
Page Number: 105
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: Sheila Hunter
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“Labor recognises the historical barriers to genuine enterprise bargaining in the early child sector that have resulted in low wages for skilled childcare professionals. These barriers include the highly feminised workforce, multiple small sites of employment, limited community recognition of the work and the high responsibility placed on the workforce, making industrial action difficult”

Original Paragraph New paragraph between 24 and 25:

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Amendment 088A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 31
Page Number: 106
Mover: Margaret Lewis
Seconder: Jennifer McAllister
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“Labor understands and values the benefits that flow from parental involvement in education, including parent participation in school decision-making and governance, especially in disadvantaged communities. Labor will work towards a more systematic approach to supporting parent engagement in our schools.”

Original Paragraph 31:

Labor understands and values the benefits that flow from parental involvement in education, especially in disadvantaged communities. Labor will work towards a more systematic approach to supporting parent engagement in our schools.




Amendment 089A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 33
Page Number: 107
Mover: Amber-Jade Sanderson
Seconder: Dominic Rose
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“Labor recognises the excellent work currently performed by the nation’s teachers, lecturers and all members of the school and education community, in often challenging circumstances.”

Original Paragraph 33:

Labor recognises that a strong education system committed to the highest possible academic standards for every child is essential for the creation of a fair and prosperous society.Labor recognises the excellent work currently performed by the nation’s teachers and lecturers, in often challenging circumstances.




Amendment 090A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: New paragraph under 33
Page Number: 107
Mover: Carolyn Smith
Seconder: Kelly Shay
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“Labor recognises the important work and contribution of education support workers and non-teaching support staff to the school community. It is vital that these workers continue to be directly employed by the States and Territories to ensure a cohesive and integrated education community.”

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Amendment 095A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 67
Page Number: 112
Mover: Wendy Turner
Seconder: Margaret Lewis
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Replace existing with: “Labor celebrates the fact that more Indigenous children are attending school than ever before, however recognises that current levels of Indigenous school participation and attainment are still unacceptable. Indigenous people have the power to change their children’s lives by ensuring that their children attend school. Evidence shows that higher school attendance rates will provide better employment, health and life outcomes and opportunities for Indigenous children. Labor will support Indigenous families and communities to take responsibility for getting their children to school each day.”

Original Paragraph 67:

Labor also believes that, like other Australians, Indigenous Australians have a responsibility to make sure their children go to school to give their children the best possible start in life. Current levels of Indigenous school participation and attainment are unacceptable, and Labor will support Indigenous families and communities to take responsibility for getting their children to school each day.




Amendment 097A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 78
Page Number: 114
Mover: Amy Smith
Seconder: Stuart Benson
Amendment Text:

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“Labor strongly opposes the introduction and use of full fee degrees for undergraduate courses in Australian universities.”

Original Paragraph 78:

Labor will:

  • steadily increase levels of national investment in higher education as part of a funding framework that at least maintains the value of public funding for teaching and research in public universities

  • work towards a national target of 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds holding bachelors degree or higher by 2025, by ensuring that future funding for Australia’s public universities is responsive to student demand

  • work towards the achievement of a national target of 20 per cent of university undergraduate enrolments made up of low socioeconomic background students by 2020, through support for innovative programs to assist universities to attract, support and retain students from under-represented groups

  • support a joined-up tertiary sector to make it easier for students with VET qualifications to articulate into higher education degree programs to build their skills

  • work towards the closing of the gaps in Indigenous participation and retention in higher education for Indigenous students and Indigenous academic staff

  • provide access to university for students with disabilities through innovative programs that support universities to promote and disability access

  • recognise and support the important role that regional universities and campuses play in making higher educational opportunities available to regional students and in the development and support of regional communities

  • support strong, effective oversight of the international education sector, with the protection of international students at its core, through a risk-based regulatory framework, independent scrutiny and quality assurance

  • support universities in planning for their future academic workforce needs in a growing higher education system

  • focus on the quality of educational outcomes in higher education, rather than interfering in the internal management of universities.




Amendment 099A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 71
Page Number: 74
Mover: Amanda Rishworth
Seconder: Jack Snelling
Amendment Text:

The Murray Darling Basin is one of the most significant river systems in Australia with considerable cultural, social, environmental and economic value.

Decades of overextraction from the Basin left many areas of the Basin close to collapse during the recent drought.

Labor welcomes the release of the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan on 28 November and notes this significant step on the path to returning the Basin to a more sustainable level of health.

Labor endorses the ambition of a healthy working Basin which underpins healthy rivers, strong communities and sustainable food production.

Labor notes that since 2008, 1,068 gigalitres of water have been recovered for the environment, mainly through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future Program. This water is already delivering substantial environmental benefits in providing environmental flows to wetlands and floodplains across the Basin.

Labor calls for a Murray Darling Basin Plan which keeps the Mouth of the River Murray open nine years out of ten to enable the export of salt and sediment from the system.

Labor calls for a Murray Darling Basin Plan which, within legal and physical constraints, returns enough water to the Basin to protect key environmental sites, including, but not limited to the Ramsar wetland sites.

Labor calls for the Government to continue to bridge the gap to new Sustainable Diversion Limits as the Murray Darling Basin Plan is finalised.

Original Paragraph 71:

Labor will restore the balance in the Murray-Darling Basin through the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, an independent authority that was established under Labor as a result of an historic agreement with basin states for a referral of powers. As a priority, the authority will develop a new sustainable basin plan and cap. This plan will include a sustainable limit on the amount of water that can be taken from rivers and groundwater systems, to take effect as existing basin water plans expire.




Amendment 100A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: -
Page Number: 103
Mover: Kate Ellis
Seconder: Amanda Rishworth
Amendment Text:

Amend dot point 16 on page 103 to read:

supported working families by lifting the Child Care Rebate to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs up to a cap of $7,500 per child per year and made it available to all parents with children in childcare on a fortnightly basis

Insert new dot point immediately after dot point 16:

contributed $273.3 million to support the introduction of the new National Quality Framework, which will improve staff to child ratios so children receive more individual care and attention, and improve staff qualifications so educators are better able to help children learn and develop.

Original Paragraph -:

Preamble:




Amendment 101A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 118, 119, 120,
Page Number: 155
Mover: Andrew Barr
Seconder: Penny Wong
Amendment Text:

Amend heading between 114 and 115 by deleting words “against same sex couples”

 Delete paragraphs 118, 119, 120 and replace with:

118 Labor will amend the Marriage Act to ensure equal access to marriage under statute for all adult couples irrespective of sex who have a mutual commitment to a shared life.

119 These amendments should ensure that nothing in the Marriage Act imposes an obligation on a minister of religion to solemnise any marriage.

 

Original Paragraph 118, 119, 120:

118

Labor will take action to ensure the development of a nationally consistent framework that provides:

  • the opportunity for all couples who have a mutual commitment to a shared life to have their relationship officially recognised

  • equal rights for all couples in Federal and State laws.

119

Labor will review relationship recognition arrangements to ensure national consistency.

120

These reforms are to be implemented consistently with Labor’s commitment to maintaining the definition of marriage as currently set out in the Marriage Act.




Amendment 102A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 6
Page Number: 8
Mover: Eric Dearricott
Seconder: Jamie Gardiner
Amendment Text:

“In National Rule 6 replace paragraphs e and f with:

  

‘e) All State and Territory delegates must be elected by a system of proportional representation with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10 in the 12 months before each triennial National Conference in accordance with the rules of that State or Territory Branch.

•(i)            At least 50% of such delegates must be directly elected from and by Party Members.

The direct election component of each State’s and Territory’s Nation Conference delegates shall occur at the same time as the ballots for the National Presidents and Vice Presidents and shall also occur by postal Ballot.’

6•(ii)          The remaining delegates from each State and Territory must be elected in a single ballot by State or Territory Conferences.

‘f) Proxy Delegates – Each of the State or Territory’s  National Conference delegates shall be entitled to nominate one proposed proxy to the State or Territory’s Administrative Committee which shall elect the State’s National Conference proxies by a system of proportional representation in accordance with this rule and rule 10.’

 

Original Paragraph 6:
  1. National Conference shall consist of 400 delegates, comprising:
    1. three delegates being the National President and National Vice-Presidents

      elected under rule 9(a);

    2. four delegates being the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary

      Labor Party and the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Party in the Senate;

    3. six delegates elected from and by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party;
    4. delegations from each State consisting of:
      1. the State Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 12 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that State as at the

        previous 31 December;

    5. delegations from each Territory consisting of:
      1. the Territory Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 2 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that Territory as at the

        previous 31 December; and

    6. three delegates from Australian Young Labor.
  2. State Secretaries and members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party who are not

    delegates to National Conference shall be able to attend National Conference with the

    rights of delegates except that of voting.

  3. All members of the State or Territory Branch shall be eligible to be elected as delegates

    from that State or Territory.

Proxy Delegates

    1. Each State shall be entitled to a minimum of two proxies up to a maximum equal

      to half the State’s delegation.

    2. The credentials for State Branch proxies shall be circulated in advance and

      accepted at the commencement of the Conference and no other proxies may

      be admitted.

    3. It is the responsibility of each State delegation to ensure that the Chair is advised

      of all changes of delegation during the Conference. No proxy shall participate in

      the debate of a report in which the delegate he/she is replacing has participated.

    4. State and federal Leaders may each nominate one proxy subject to paragraph (ii)

      above. Such proxies must be a member of the relevant parliamentary party.

  1. All delegates must be elected by a system of proportional representation in a single

    ballot with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10.

  2. Delegates shall be elected within 12 months prior to the date of National Conference.
  3. State Branches cannot bind delegates with regard to their vote on any issue before the

    National Conference.

  4. National Conference shall be held every three years in a location determined by the

    National Executive which shall have the responsibility for determining the time of the

    National Conference.

  5. Special National Conferences may be held for specially stated purposes and shall be

    called in the manner prescribed by these Rules.

    1. The National President and National Vice-Presidents need not be delegates to

      National Conference, but have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

    2. The National Secretary shall not be a delegate to National Conference, but shall

      have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

  6. The National Secretary, after receiving instructions from the convening authority, shall

    observe the following procedure for the purpose of establishing the Conference

    agenda:

    1. give the following bodies three months notice to send items to the National Policy

      Committee: State Branches, Australian Young Labor, and Federal Electorate

      Councils, and trade unions whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a

      majority of States in which they operate, all of which shall have the right to submit

      items to the National Policy Committee. Bodies so submitting items to the National

      Policy Committee shall be notified in writing of the Committee’s views on such

      items; and

    2. send to State Branches and other bodies represented at National Conference,

      agenda and any other documents related thereto at least one month before

      Conference meets.




Amendment 103A

Chapter:
Part: P
Paragraph: 9, 7, 6,
Page Number: 11
Mover: Eric Dearricott
Seconder: Jamie Gardiner
Amendment Text:

“In Part B, in Rule 9 replace (b) with”

‘b) (i) The candidate first elected holds office as National President.

     (ii) The candidate second elected holds office as National Senior Vice President

    (iii) The candidate third elected holds office as National Junior Vice President

    (iv) The term of office of each position begins at the commencement of National Conference and ends at the commencement of the next triennial National Conference.’

  

“In Part B in Rule 7 in Paragraph (a) replace subparagraph (i) with

‘(i) The National Presidents and Vice Presidents who are directly elected by Party     members in accordance with rule 9a), have the full rights of a delegate, including that of voting.’

  

“In Part B in Rule 6

In Paragraph a) replace “400″ with ‘403′

In Paragraph j replace (i) with:

‘The National President and Vice Presidents shall have full rights of a delegate at National Conference including voting’

Original Paragraph 9, 7, 6:




Amendment 104A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: P
Paragraph: NPO 5
Page Number: 20
Mover: Eric Dearricott
Seconder: Jamie Gardiner
Amendment Text:

“In Part C in NPO 5 insert new sub-paragraph 5(c)

‘c) Each State and Territory Branch must amend its rules so that its President and Vice Presidents are elected from and by members  in the State or Territory on the same basis as the National Presidents and Vice Presidents under Rule 9. The rights and responsibilities of the President and Vice Presidents must also be based on the National rules.’

Original Paragraph NPO 5:

Preamble:




Amendment 105A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: P
Paragraph: NPO 15
Page Number: 24
Mover: Maurice May
Seconder: Eric Dearricott
Amendment Text:

“In Part C, in NPO 15, add new paragraph (e)

‘(e) The National Executive and State Administrative Committees may only intervene in pre-selections as a last resort, rather than a first resort, and then only in exceptional circumstances. Such interventions may only occur where there is an affirmative vote of at least 75% of the National Executive or State Administrative Committee to do so and where interventions take place the National Executive or State Administrative Committee must provide an open written explanation to Party members. States and Territories will amend their rules to provide for a shortened pre-selection process which retains local members’ voting rights in the case of unexpected elections.”‘

Original Paragraph NPO 15:

Preamble:




Amendment 106A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: P
Paragraph: NPO 13
Page Number: 23
Mover: Eric Dearricott
Seconder: Jamie Gardiner
Amendment Text:

“In Part C, in NPO 13, add new paragraph (n)

(n) Labor Connect should be expanded as a membership organising and campaigning tool and as a means for members to contribute to and participate in Party policy development

Original Paragraph NPO 13:

Preamble:




Amendment 110A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 3
Page Number: 161
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

3 Our public services and institutions have a critical role to play in building the Australia of the 21st century. Labor recognises the importance of long term planning to fund the public service. This will ensure that the public service can attract and retain the high skilled employees needed to provide high quality policy solutions that address the big issues facing Australia, and provide better services now and in the future.

Original Paragraph 3:

Our public services and institutions have a critical role to play in building the Australia of the 21st century. This will require long-term planning by government around funding for public services, workforce development and building a better coordinated public service.




Amendment 111A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 11
Page Number: 162
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

11 Labor recognises the important role of Australia’s public services in providing essential services for the entire community, while also providing long-term policy advice for government that serves the national interest. Labor believes public services should be efficient, high quality, effective and accountable. They should be protected from interference from government, the private sector or political parties with decisions to outsource public services not made solely on cost.

Original Paragraph 11:

Labor recognises the important role of Australia’s public services in providing essential services for the entire community, while also providing long-term policy advice for government that serves the national interest. Labor believes public services should be efficient and accountable and they should also be protected from interference from government, the private sector or political parties.




Amendment 112A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 12
Page Number: 162
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Yorick Piper
Amendment Text:

12 Labor acknowledges that the Productivity Commission is an important tool to assist government in policy making. However, Labor recognises that the Productivity Commission should, as part of its charter, be obliged to take account of social and environmental considerations, as well as economic considerations, in reporting and making recommendations. Labor will ensure the Productivity Commission is highly skilled and reflective of the broader community including trade unions, non-government organisations, economists, the business and investment community and academia.

 

Original Paragraph 12:

Labor acknowledges that the Productivity Commission is an important tool to assist government in policy making. However, Labor recognises that the Productivity Commission should, as part of its charter, be obliged to take account of social and environmental considerations, as well as economic considerations, in reporting and making recommendations.




Amendment 113A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 15-16
Page Number: 163
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

Labor achievements. We have:

delivered measures to make government more open and accountable, such as holding Community Cabinets across the country. Labor is committed to continuing Community Cabinet meetings across Australia and will ensure that Ministers at the highest levels are made available through these public forums

introduced the first Federal Lobbying Code of Conduct to help build trust in government processes. For the first time, over 500 lobbyists who represent third parties have publicly registered. Labor is committed to the ongoing use of the Lobbying Code of Conduct and Lobbyist Register

introduced new guidelines on government advertising, which take the politics out of government communications, and have set up an Independent Communications Committee to independently review campaign advertising

strengthened Freedom of Information legislation

introduced a revised code setting out new Standards of Ministerial Ethics, requiring ministers to act with integrity and fairness

required ministers to divest themselves of all shareholdings other than through broadly diversified investment vehicles, managed funds or trust arrangements

introduced a ‘cooling-off’ period of 18 months before former Ministers can take up jobs with lobbying and other private sector companies in their previous areas of responsibilities; and 12 months before advisers can work as third party lobbyists in their former areas of expertise

introduced the first Code of Conduct for Ministerial staff

prohibited electoral fundraising at the Lodge or Kirribilli House

introduced and published the first Annual Report on Ministerial and Parliamentary Staff

developed a National Compact Working Together with the not-for-profit sector

established a Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council to help drive the government’s plans to reform the sector

developed, in partnership with the sector, a National Compact and set up a Not-for-Profit Sector Reform Council to support its implementation for a vibrant, independent and innovative not-for-profit sector

provided funding to the not-for-profit section to:

develop additional emergency relief and financial counselling services

support innovative projects such as low interest loans and matched savings schemes

restored the staff-elected commissioner position on the ABC Board

established a career transition and support centre in the APSC to provide redeployment opportunities for public servants and built on this through detailed redeployment principles.

Original Paragraph 15-16:

15

Labor is committed to high quality media that is accessible and diverse, and provides choice and breadth in information, opinion, education and entertainment. Labor believes that a nation as large and diverse as ours needs national broadcasting institutions that are publicly owned and run in the national interest. These institutions are central to building national unity, and to recognising the diversity that makes us a strong community.

16

Labor has a long-standing commitment to constitutional reform to modernise our democratic structures and make our public administration more effective, efficient and prepared to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. Labor believes that first and foremost our Constitution should reflect Australia’s status as a parliamentary democracy and an independent nation.




Amendment 114A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 19
Page Number: 164
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Michael Smith
Amendment Text:

ADD AT end of 19: 

recognises the role of local government.

NEW 20

Labor will continue using the COAG process to modernise our federation and improve the delivery of important services in areas like health, education, transport, water, emergency services and Indigenous equality.

Original Paragraph 19:

Labor recognises that constitutional reform must be underpinned by popular ownership of the reform agenda, broad political support and effective community education. Labor remains committed to constitutional reform that:

  • entrenches the principle of one vote, one value for all elections, to ensure equal participation for all regardless of place of residence

  • allows simultaneous, fixed four-year terms for the House of Representatives and the Senate

  • prevents the Senate rejecting, deferring or blocking appropriation bills

  • removes the barrier on election to parliament of a person holding an office of profit under the

  • Crown, provided that office is relinquished on election

  • allows all Australian citizens to contest Commonwealth elections

  • removes racially discriminatory provisions from the Constitution, in particular by amending or removing section 25 and section 51(xxvi) to ensure they cannot be used to discriminate against Indigenous Australians

  • makes clear the capacity of the Commonwealth and the states to work together using the full range of cooperative schemes to achieve harmonised laws and national enforcement regimes.




Amendment 115A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 65
Page Number: 112
Mover: Kate Luke
Seconder: Andrew Dettmer
Amendment Text:

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Replace dot point 6 with:

 “Support the role of group training companies particularly in facilitating employment and training for apprentices engaged by employers in the resources sector on major projects.”

Insert additional dot point seven

“Develop and enhance incentives for employers to increase the number of apprentices they engage and provide increased mentoring and other support for employers committed to training our future workforce”.

Original Paragraph 65:

Labor will:

  • establish and implement minimum national standards and individual training plans for the protection of apprentices and trainees

  • focus on quality apprenticeship and traineeship programs and on higher skill levels, ensuring that public funding is directly linked to the level of training effort, the completion of quality outcomes and the development of future skill needs

  • make sure all apprenticeship and traineeship programs deliver full qualifications consistent with the national qualifications framework

  • ensure that trades qualifications continue to promote a combination of work and on-the-job training, so that the career paths for workers are enhanced

  • ensure there is sufficient funding available for on and off-the-job training for apprentices, especially in regional and rural Australia

  • develop and enhance the role of group training companies.




Amendment 117A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 165
Mover: Michael Smith
Seconder: Robin Rothfield
Amendment Text:

paragraph 23 ADD two new dotpoints: 

  • continue to build confidence in the system by effectively investigating and reporting all claims of electoral malpractice
  • commit to advance the cause of making electoral enrolment and voting as quick, simple and flexible as possible, seeking to maximise the franchise consistent with maintaining the integrity of the system. Labor will further amend electoral legislation to ensure the capacity of Australians to participate in the electoral system is undiminished, and extended where possible and appropriate.

add new paragraph 24

Labor acknowledges the decision of the High Court during the 2010 election campaign on the matter of new voters. Labor has legislated to give effect to that decision and will consider further amendments to allow enrolments as close to the election date, up to and including polling day.

Labor remains committed to constitutional reform that:

• Allows simultaneous, fixed four-year terms for the House of Representatives and the Senate. Should the Commonwealth establish fixed four year terms, Labor will amend subsection 394(1) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to allow the states and territories to move their electoral systems into line with the Commonwealth.

Original Paragraph 23:

Building on the improvements made to date, Labor will:

  • encourage public debate about reform of our electoral laws including enrolment and electoral participation

  • ensure that disadvantaged groups are not excluded from the democratic process

  • introduce a new scheme for the regulation of political financing, including donations, other revenues, expenditures, and record-keeping

  • ensure maximum opportunities for enrolment and involvement in our electoral process

  • should the Commonwealth establish fixed four year terms, Labor will amend subsection 394(1) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to allow the states and territories to move their electoral systems into line with the Commonwealth.




Amendment 118A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 29
Page Number: 166
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

AFTER 29 add moved 34 and amend

34 Access to government information and decision-making facilitate the workings of our democratic system, allowing the public and community to obtain reasonable access to government records and documents that affect their lives. Labor has a long standing commitment to the creation of more comprehensive and effective public interest disclosure laws, to enhance the openness and transparency of public administration. Labor will work with stakeholders, including unions to create new arrangements for the handling of public interest disclosures within the federal public sector. The legislation will include: clearer procedures governing how agencies deal with public interest disclosures protections extending beyond current public servants, and applying to the full range of government services the provision of a clear framework in reporting procedures and requirements central monitoring, oversight and reporting to government on public interest disclosures enhanced protections for whistleblowers.

 

Original Paragraph 29:

Labor will continue to promote transparency and accountability by maintaining and promoting a pro-disclosure culture across Australian government agencies.




Amendment 119A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 32
Page Number: 166
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

 

32 All Australians enjoy the right to exercise their freedom of speech in a manner that respects the individual and collective rights enjoyed by other Australians and allows others to live free from violence, the fear of violence or the threat of violence. To protect freedom of speech further, Labor will:

DELETE BOLD SECTION legislate for proper Freedom of Information laws that enable Australians to access appropriate information about government activities

 

Original Paragraph 32:

All Australians enjoy the right to exercise their freedom of speech in a manner that respects the individual and collective rights enjoyed by other Australians and allows others to live free from violence, the fear of violence or the threat of violence. To protect freedom of speech further, Labor will:

  • legislate for proper Freedom of Information laws that enable Australians to access appropriate information about government activities

  • move to implement the Australian Law Reform Commission recommendations on sedition laws

  • provide shield laws to protect confidential sources and recognise the public interest in giving the community appropriate access to information

  • review secrecy laws and laws that criminalise disclosure of matters of public interest.




Amendment 120A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 167
Page Number: 34
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

DELETE WHOLE OF 34 because it has been moved to between 28/29

 

Original Paragraph 167:




Amendment 121A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 36-42
Page Number: 167
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Kristin van Barneveld
Amendment Text:

36 Labor believes that the Australian Public Service and the wider public sector have a crucial role to play in nation building. Public services should be properly funded to deliver quality public policy, foster innovation, achieve best practice and create quality jobs.

37 We believe the APS should be:

  • professional and apolitical
  • strong, independent and well-resourced
  • committed to equality and social cohesion as well as economic efficiency
  • accountable for meeting high standards of service delivery
  • recruited from the brightest and best in the Australian community
  • allowed and encouraged to provide frank and fearless advice
  • a model employer in terms of consultation, internal communication, union engagement, and the conditions of employment and opportunities for advancement for its staff, including through continuous education and lifelong learning
  • subject to democratic oversight through parliament and relevant bodies including the Auditor-General, the Australian National Audit Office, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Australian Public Service Commission
  • subject to independent administrative review of its actions
  • a leader in environmental best practice.

38 Labor has always been a strong advocate and protector of the professionalism and integrity of the public service. We will work with the public service and unions to ensure the public service is efficient, effective and responsive to the changing requirements of the Australian people.

39 Labor recognises that:

  • Australians want a career public service without partisanship
  • public service employment must be fair and equitable
  • there is necessarily a limit on, and need for public scrutiny of, top public service remuneration
  • there must be an ethos of public service
  • outcomes are funded by public money.

40 Labor will ensure that these special elements are reflected in public service industrial relations arrangements by:

  • supporting a single, unified APS by addressing current pay inequities through an agreed mechanism to achieve equal pay for work of equal value across the APS
  • ensuring service-wide productivities are recognised as efficiency gains by APS agencies and that these gains are shared between government, employees and the community
  • ensuring best practice bargaining arrangements including genuine negotiation over pay and conditions
  • ensuring genuine, good faith consultation on all matters affecting employees in the workplace
  • facilitating support for the role of unions and delegates in the workplace
  • ensuring secure, comprehensive, service-wide standards and classifications
  • ensuring secure superannuation arrangements in industrial instruments. Labor will maintain at least 15.4 per cent employer contribution to the superannuation of Commonwealth government employees, regardless of choice of fund.
  • emphasising training and career development
  • enabling public servants to balance work and family responsibilities
  • ensuring appeal and review rights
  • encouraging direct employment and limiting hiring on a contract basis
  • enabling employment mobility across the whole of the public service
  • providing adequate agency funding across the whole of the APS
  • centrally and fully funding measures that address pay inequities in low-paying public sector agencies with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff
  • taking further active steps to increase the proportion of Indigenous employees in the APS including the provision of meaningful career development and regularly reviewing the effectiveness of those measures in achieving that goal
  • taking further active steps to increase the proportion of people with a disability employed in the APS and ensuring they have access to meaningful career development and regularly reviewing the effectiveness of those measures in achieving that goal
  • ensuring that contracting-out is not used as a vehicle to cut wages and working conditions for public sector employees
  • establishing staffing levels commensurate with workloads.

41 Labor will work with unions and employees to investigate a range of alternatives for measuring agency efficiency and identify alternative measures to the efficiency dividend that allow APS agencies to most efficiently and effectively deliver government services and develop public policy.

42 Labor will build on the measures it has taken in office by:

  • introducing merit-based selection procedures to the appointment of agency heads-other than departmental secretaries-and statutory offices working within or closely with APS agencies
  • continuing to support and fund special programs aimed at increasing the proportion of Indigenous employees in the APS
  • attaching renewed priority to the employment of people with disabilities in the APS
  • establishing an Ethics Advisory Service in the APSC.
Original Paragraph 36-42:

36

Labor believes that the Australian Public Service and the wider public sector have a crucial role to play in nation building. Public services should be funded to deliver quality public policy, foster innovation, achieve best practice and create quality jobs.

37

We believe the APS should be:

  • professional and apolitical

  • strong, independent and well-resourced

  • committed to equality and social cohesion as well as economic efficiency

  • accountable for meeting high standards of service delivery

  • recruited from the brightest and best in the Australian community

  • a model employer in terms of the conditions of employment and opportunities for advancement for its staff, including through continuous education and lifelong learning

  • subject to democratic oversight through parliament and relevant bodies including the Auditor-General, the Australian National Audit Office, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Australian Public Service Commission

  • subject to independent administrative review of its actions

  • a leader in environmental best practice.

38

Labor has always been a strong advocate and protector of the professionalism and integrity of the public service. We will ensure the public service is efficient, effective and responsive to the changing requirements of the Australian people.

39

Labor recognises that:

  • Australians want a career public service without partisanship

  • public service employment must be fair and equitable

  • there is necessarily a limit on, and need for public scrutiny of, top public service remuneration

  • there must be an ethos of public service

  • outcomes are funded by public money.

40

Labor will ensure that these special elements are reflected in public service industrial relations arrangements by:

  • supporting a single, unified APS by addressing current pay inequities through an agreed mechanism to achieve equal pay for work of equal value across the APS

  • ensuring service-wide productivities are recognised as efficiency gains by APS agencies

  • ensuring best practice bargaining arrangements including genuine negotiation over pay and conditions

  • ensuring genuine consultation on all matters affecting employees in the workplace

  • facilitating support for the role of unions and delegates in the workplace

  • ensuring secure, comprehensive, service-wide standards and classifications

  • ensuring secure superannuation arrangements in industrial instruments

  • emphasising training and career development

  • enabling public servants to balance work and family responsibilities

  • ensuring appeal and review rights

  • encouraging direct employment and limiting hiring on a contract basis

  • enabling employment mobility across the whole of the public service

  • providing adequate agency funding across the whole of the APS

  • centrally and fully funding measures that address pay inequities in low-paying public sector agencies with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff

  • taking further active steps to increase the proportion of Indigenous employees in the APS and regularly reviewing the effectiveness of those measures in achieving that goal

  • ensuring that contracting-out is not used as a vehicle to cut wages and working conditions for public sector employees

  • establishing staffing levels commensurate with workloads.

41

Labor will work with unions and employees to investigate a range of alternatives for measuring agency efficiency and identify alternative measures to the efficiency dividend that allow APS agencies to most efficiently and effectively deliver government services and develop public policy.

42

Labor will build on the measures it has taken in office by:

  • introducing merit-based selection procedures to the appointment of agency heads – other than departmental secretaries – and statutory offices working within or closely with APS agencies

  • continuing to support special programs aimed at increasing the proportion of Indigenous employees in the APS

  • attaching renewed priority to the employment of people with disabilities in the APS

  • establishing an Ethics Advisory Service in the APSC.




Amendment 123A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 64
Page Number: 172
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Insert new heading between 64 and 65 – Australian media

Original Paragraph 64:

Labor is increasing the transparency of government contracts by limiting the use of commercial- in-confidence exclusions in public documents. All government agencies are required to maintain a register of commercial-in-confidence exclusions, to be periodically tabled in parliament and subject to scrutiny by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.




Amendment 123A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 64
Page Number: 172
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Insert new heading between 64 and 65 – Australian media

Original Paragraph 64:

Labor is increasing the transparency of government contracts by limiting the use of commercial- in-confidence exclusions in public documents. All government agencies are required to maintain a register of commercial-in-confidence exclusions, to be periodically tabled in parliament and subject to scrutiny by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.




Amendment 125A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 72-76
Page Number: 173
Mover: Christopher Warren
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

72 The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service are two of Australia’s most important public institutions. Labor acknowledges the unique operations of these broadcasting services and is committed to ensuring adequate funding and support for Australia’s public broadcasters, to enable them to continue to provide Australians with high quality broadcasting services, free from political and commercial interference.

73 Labor recognises the importance of the ABC being maintained as an independent and comprehensive national public broadcaster, catering for a diversity of interests in the Australian community.

74 Labor recognises that the SBS provides a unique national broadcasting service that promotes a multicultural Australia, and provides services to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds which are not delivered by the ABC or the commercial broadcasting sector.

75 Labor will:

  • ensure public broadcasters cater to the needs of urban, regional and rural Australia, providing coverage of local news, current affairs and community activities
  • provide programs and services relevant to young Australians, including specialist children’s programming available on digital channel ABC3
  • ensure the ABC produces high levels of distinctive local content
  • work with Indigenous people to provide services and programs relevant to them and their communities
  • provide comprehensive coverage of a broad range of sporting and artistic activities
  • ensure board members are appointed on the basis of merit
  • restore (DELETE maintain) a staff-elected commissioner position on the ABC board, by passing the necessary legislation before the end of the current term of parliament
  • continue to invest in youth-accessible current affairs, and look to establish new services using new media
  • support and promote Australia’s external broadcasters in radio, television and digital platforms, which encourage awareness of Australian values around the world and build closer ties in our region.

76 Labor will also ensure that the ban on ABC advertising and sponsorship remains in place. Labor will also ensure that advertising is not permitted on ABC branded websites. Labor commits to no extension of the current advertising quotas on SBS to ensure that SBS remains a publicly funded broadcaster.

77 Labor will provide adequate funding on a triennial basis to the ABC and SBS to ensure they can deliver quality public broadcasting services. Labor will ensure that the national broadcasters are able to exploit the potential of new technology to deliver attractive and innovative content over digital television and the internet including regional broadband hubs on ABC websites.

Original Paragraph 72-76:

72

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service are two of Australia’s most important public institutions. Labor is committed to ensuring adequate funding and support for Australia’s public broadcasters, to enable them to continue to provide Australians with high quality broadcasting services, free from political and commercial interference.

73

Labor recognises the importance of the ABC being maintained as an independent and comprehensive national public broadcaster, catering for a diversity of interests in the Australian community.

74

Labor recognises that the SBS provides a unique national broadcasting service that promotes a multicultural Australia, and provides services to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds which are not delivered by the ABC or the commercial broadcasting sector.

75

Labor will:

  • ensure public broadcasters cater to the needs of urban, regional and rural Australia, providing coverage of local news, current affairs and community activities

  • provide programs and services relevant to young Australians, including specialist children’s programming available on digital channel ABC3

  • work with Indigenous people to provide services and programs relevant to them and their communities

  • provide comprehensive coverage of a broad range of sporting and artistic activities

  • ensure board members are appointed on the basis of merit

  • maintain a staff-elected commissioner position on the ABC board

  • continue to invest in youth-accessible current affairs, and look to establish new services using new media

  • support and promote Australia’s external broadcasters in radio, television and digital platforms, which encourage awareness of Australian values around the world and build closer ties in our region.

76

Labor will also ensure that the ban on ABC advertising and sponsorship remains in place. Labor will also ensure that advertising is not permitted on ABC branded websites.




Amendment 125A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 72-76
Page Number: 173
Mover: Christopher Warren
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

72 The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service are two of Australia’s most important public institutions. Labor acknowledges the unique operations of these broadcasting services and is committed to ensuring adequate funding and support for Australia’s public broadcasters, to enable them to continue to provide Australians with high quality broadcasting services, free from political and commercial interference.

73 Labor recognises the importance of the ABC being maintained as an independent and comprehensive national public broadcaster, catering for a diversity of interests in the Australian community.

74 Labor recognises that the SBS provides a unique national broadcasting service that promotes a multicultural Australia, and provides services to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds which are not delivered by the ABC or the commercial broadcasting sector.

75 Labor will:

  • ensure public broadcasters cater to the needs of urban, regional and rural Australia, providing coverage of local news, current affairs and community activities
  • provide programs and services relevant to young Australians, including specialist children’s programming available on digital channel ABC3
  • ensure the ABC produces high levels of distinctive local content
  • work with Indigenous people to provide services and programs relevant to them and their communities
  • provide comprehensive coverage of a broad range of sporting and artistic activities
  • ensure board members are appointed on the basis of merit
  • restore (DELETE maintain) a staff-elected commissioner position on the ABC board, by passing the necessary legislation before the end of the current term of parliament
  • continue to invest in youth-accessible current affairs, and look to establish new services using new media
  • support and promote Australia’s external broadcasters in radio, television and digital platforms, which encourage awareness of Australian values around the world and build closer ties in our region.

76 Labor will also ensure that the ban on ABC advertising and sponsorship remains in place. Labor will also ensure that advertising is not permitted on ABC branded websites. Labor commits to no extension of the current advertising quotas on SBS to ensure that SBS remains a publicly funded broadcaster.

77 Labor will provide adequate funding on a triennial basis to the ABC and SBS to ensure they can deliver quality public broadcasting services. Labor will ensure that the national broadcasters are able to exploit the potential of new technology to deliver attractive and innovative content over digital television and the internet including regional broadband hubs on ABC websites.

Original Paragraph 72-76:

72

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service are two of Australia’s most important public institutions. Labor is committed to ensuring adequate funding and support for Australia’s public broadcasters, to enable them to continue to provide Australians with high quality broadcasting services, free from political and commercial interference.

73

Labor recognises the importance of the ABC being maintained as an independent and comprehensive national public broadcaster, catering for a diversity of interests in the Australian community.

74

Labor recognises that the SBS provides a unique national broadcasting service that promotes a multicultural Australia, and provides services to Australians from non-English speaking backgrounds which are not delivered by the ABC or the commercial broadcasting sector.

75

Labor will:

  • ensure public broadcasters cater to the needs of urban, regional and rural Australia, providing coverage of local news, current affairs and community activities

  • provide programs and services relevant to young Australians, including specialist children’s programming available on digital channel ABC3

  • work with Indigenous people to provide services and programs relevant to them and their communities

  • provide comprehensive coverage of a broad range of sporting and artistic activities

  • ensure board members are appointed on the basis of merit

  • maintain a staff-elected commissioner position on the ABC board

  • continue to invest in youth-accessible current affairs, and look to establish new services using new media

  • support and promote Australia’s external broadcasters in radio, television and digital platforms, which encourage awareness of Australian values around the world and build closer ties in our region.

76

Labor will also ensure that the ban on ABC advertising and sponsorship remains in place. Labor will also ensure that advertising is not permitted on ABC branded websites.




Amendment 126A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 78-79
Page Number: 173
Mover: Laura Smyth
Seconder: Onagh Bishop
Amendment Text:

78 Labor regards community broadcasting, which includes Indigenous, ethnic and multicultural broadcasting on radio and television, as an essential component of Australian broadcasting, and will continue to encourage its maintenance, growth and development.

79 Labor supports diversity in community broadcasting recognising that it meets the needs of many communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ethnic and multicultural communities, and Australians with a print disability; and addresses developing Australian media needs with services for youth, mature age, LGBTI-focussed, religious, specialist music and other emerging communities of interest.

Original Paragraph 78-79:

78

Labor regards community and Indigenous broadcasting, including radio and television, as an essential component of Australian broadcasting, and will continue to encourage its maintenance, growth and development.

79

Labor supports diversity in community and Indigenous broadcasting recognising that it meets the needs of many communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ethnic communities, and Australians with a print disability; and addresses developing Australian media needs with services for youth, mature age, LGBTI-focussed, religious, specialist music and other emerging communities of interest.




Amendment 126A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 78-79
Page Number: 173
Mover: Laura Smyth
Seconder: Onagh Bishop
Amendment Text:

78 Labor regards community broadcasting, which includes Indigenous, ethnic and multicultural broadcasting on radio and television, as an essential component of Australian broadcasting, and will continue to encourage its maintenance, growth and development.

79 Labor supports diversity in community broadcasting recognising that it meets the needs of many communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ethnic and multicultural communities, and Australians with a print disability; and addresses developing Australian media needs with services for youth, mature age, LGBTI-focussed, religious, specialist music and other emerging communities of interest.

Original Paragraph 78-79:

78

Labor regards community and Indigenous broadcasting, including radio and television, as an essential component of Australian broadcasting, and will continue to encourage its maintenance, growth and development.

79

Labor supports diversity in community and Indigenous broadcasting recognising that it meets the needs of many communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ethnic communities, and Australians with a print disability; and addresses developing Australian media needs with services for youth, mature age, LGBTI-focussed, religious, specialist music and other emerging communities of interest.




Amendment 139A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: A
Paragraph: 3
Page Number: 199
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That 3(p) of the ALP Constitution, on page 199, be amended by the insertion of the expression “sexual orientation, gender identity,” after the expression “sexuality,”.

Original Paragraph 3:

To achieve the political and social values of equality, democracy, liberty and social

cooperation inherent in this objective, the Australian Labor Party stands for:

  1. redistribution of political and economic power so that all members of society have the

    opportunity to participate in the shaping and control of the institutions and relationships

    which determine their lives;

  2. establishment and development of public enterprises, based upon federal, State and

    other forms of social ownership, in appropriate sectors of the economy;

  3. democratic control and strategic social ownership of Australian natural resources for

    the benefit of all Australians;

  4. maintenance of and support for a competitive non-monopolistic private sector,

    including small business and farming, controlled and owned by Australians, operating

    within clear social guidelines and objectives;

  5. the right to own private property;
  6. recognition and encouragement of the right of labour to organise for the protection and

    advancement of its interests;

  7. the application of democracy in industry to increase the opportunities for people to

    work in satisfying, healthy and humane conditions; and to participate in and to increase

    their control over the decision making processes affecting them;

  8. the promotion of socially appropriate technology and the monitoring of its introduction

    to ensure that the needs and interests of labour, as well as the requirements of

    competitive industry and consumer demand, are taken into consideration;

  9. the restoration and maintenance of full employment;
  10. the abolition of poverty, and the achievement of greater equality in the distribution of

    income, wealth and opportunity;

  11. social justice and equality for individuals, the family and all social units, and the

    elimination of exploitation in the home;

  12. equal access and rights to employment, education, information, technology, housing,

    health and welfare services, cultural and leisure activities and the law;

  13. reform of the Australian Constitution and other political institutions to ensure that they

    reflect the will of the majority of Australian citizens and the existence of Australia as an

    independent republic;

  14. recognition and protection of fundamental political and civil rights, including freedom of

    expression, the press, assembly, association, conscience and religion; the right to

    privacy; the protection of the individual from oppression by the state; and democratic

    reform of the Australian legal system;

  15. the development of a democratic communications system, as an integral part of a free

    society, to which all citizens have opportunities for free access;

  16. elimination of discrimination and exploitation on the grounds of class,

    race, sex, sexuality, religion, political affiliation, national origin, citizenship, age,

    disability, regional location, economic or household status;

  17. recognition of the prior ownership of Australian land by Aborigines and Islanders;

    recognition of their special and essential relationship with the land as the basis of their

    culture; and a commitment to the return of established traditional lands to the

    ownership of Aboriginal and Islander communities;

  18. recognition and encouragement of diversity of cultural expression and lifestyle within

    the Australian community;

  19. the use, conservation and enhancement of Australia’s natural resources and

    environment so that the community’s total quality of life, both now and into the future, is

    maintained and improved;

  20. recognition of the need to work towards achieving ecologically sustainable

    development;

  21. maintenance of world peace; an independent Australian position in world affairs; the

    recognition of the right of all nations to self determination and independence; regional

    and international agreement for arms control and disarmament; the provision of

    economic and social aid to developing nations; a commitment to resolve international

    conflicts through the UN; and a recognition of the inalienable right of all people to

    liberty, equality, democracy and social justice;

  22. commitment to and participation in the international democratic socialist movement as

    represented by the Socialist International; and

  23. recognition of the right of citizens to work for progressive changes consistent with the

    broad principles of democratic socialism.




Amendment 140A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: after 14
Page Number: 116
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That the section headed “Labor’s values” be amended by inserting, after Paragraph 14 on page 116, as a new paragraph:

Labor’s commitment to equitable access to health care includes recognising the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians.

Original Paragraph after 14:

Preamble:




Amendment 142A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 44
Page Number: 123
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That ¶44 on page 123 be amended by inserting at the end of the third point, after “any other form of discrimination” the expression “, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status”

Original Paragraph 44:

To improve reproductive health for men and women, Labor will:

  • provide universal access to fertility advice and control programs and advice on the safe use of contraceptives

  • support the rights of women to determine their own reproductive lives, particularly the right to choose appropriate fertility control and abortion and ensure that these choices are on the basis of sound social and medical advice

  • fund research into the prevention of infertility and fertility control and ensure that access to assisted reproductive technology programs is not determined by economic circumstances or any other form of discrimination

  • enforce a ban on the cloning of human beings.




Amendment 143A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: after 45, 46,
Page Number: 123
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That after Parragraph 45 on page 123, there be added a new section heading “Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex health

That on page 123, in Paragraph 46, “Intersex people” be replaced by “Intersex (LGBTI) people”

Original Paragraph after 45, 46:

Preamble:




Amendment 144A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 179
Page Number: 55
Mover: Bob Nanva
Seconder: Alex Claassens
Amendment Text:

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After paragraph 179, insert as a new paragraph 180:

 

Labor understands the importance of reducing transport related emissions in any transition to a low carbon economy. Given the low emissions of rail freight and mass public transport, Labor supports incentives to encourage their use.

Renumber subsequent paragraphs accordingly.

Original Paragraph 179:

Labor understands that rail freight is becoming an increasingly significant factor in Australia’s economic and environmental performance. Well planned rail freight can stimulate new business activities, and increase the productivity and competitiveness of our export industries. Rail freight is also critical in minimising the transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.




Amendment 146A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 182
Page Number: 55
Mover: Bob Nanva
Seconder: Alex Claassens
Amendment Text:

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After paragraph 182, insert as a new paragraph 183:

 

Labor notes the need to encourage the use of the most appropriate forms of transport for the increasing freight and passenger tasks. Intermodal hubs allow passengers and freight to move from one form of transport to another efficiently and effectively. Labor will therefore ensure that any land transport plans identify potential sites for these hubs as a matter of priority.

 

Renumber subsequent paragraphs accordingly.

Original Paragraph 182:

Labor will continue to work towards a single national system for each of rail safety regulation and investigation, maritime safety regulation and heavy vehicle regulation.




Amendment 147A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 48
Page Number: 123
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That Paragraph 48 on page 123 be amended by inserting as a new point, after the first point concerning the National Women’s Health Policy, the words:

“take account of the special needs of lesbians and transgender or intersex women, including the provision of culturally appropriate health services”

Original Paragraph 48:

Labor is committed to improving the health outcomes of Australian women, and implementing policies to encourage the health system to be more responsive to the needs of women. Labor will:

  • implement the new National Women’s Health Policy – the first in almost 20 years

  • continue to implement policies to address peri natal depression, to improve prevention, early detection and support services for expectant and new mothers

  • continue to improve services and choices available to women, building upon access to Medicare and the PBS for midwives, more workforce support, and support services

  • continue to roll out state of the art digital mammography equipment for BreastScreen Australia

  • support and boost cancer research, treatment and support services, and will establish up to 24 regional cancer centres.




Amendment 148A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: after 50
Page Number: 124
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That the “Men’s health” section be amended by adding after Paragraph 50 on page 124, as a new paragraph:

“Labor will consult with the LGBTI communities about the specific health needs of gay and bisexual men, and men of transgender or intersex background, and about the provision of culturally appropriate health services, and will ensure their appropriate resourcing and promotion.”

Original Paragraph after 50:

Preamble:




Amendment 153A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: after 51
Page Number: 182
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That there be inserted in the section headed “Human rights”, after 51 on p182, as new paragraphs, the words:

Under Labor, Australia will support the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and will continue to sponsor and promote resolutions in support of the implementation of human rights protections for lesbians and gay men and bisexual and transgender and intersex people at the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Australia under Labor will actively encourage the repeal of anti-gay laws, especially criminal laws against homosexual sexual conduct, and most urgently against such laws where they impose the death penalty, and generally to encourage steps to implement the actions required by the Yogyakarta Principles.

Labor in government will work strategically to support international civil society organsations promoting LGBTI human rights.

Original Paragraph after 51:

Preamble:




Amendment 154A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 27
Page Number: 165
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 27 on page 165 be amended by inserting into the list of women facing particular issues in its final point the words “lesbians, bisexual women,” and the words “women of transgender or intersex background,”

Original Paragraph 27:

Labor will work to ensure women’s equal place in the world by:

  • maintaining an active role in international forums to promote the rights of women including institutions formed under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

  • ensuring the Sex Discrimination Act and the powers of the commissioner are adequately protecting women against discrimination on the basis of gender and family responsibility

  • supporting women’s representative organisations to participate in policy development

  • applying sophisticated gender policy advice and analysis to policy development of the government

  • supporting and promoting women’s leaders in all facets of Australian society through a range of regulatory and educative measures

  • supporting the greater representation of women in all of Australia’s parliaments

  • supporting diversity in corporate Australia, including in appointments to boards and at the executive level

  • recognising the particular issues faced by Indigenous women, women of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities, rural women and young women and ensures that government policies and programs are funded, accessible and appropriate to their needs.




Amendment 155A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: after 32
Page Number: 167
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

On page 167 insert after ¶32, as a new paragraph:

Labor recognises that homophobic harassment by the written or spoken word causes actual harm, not mere offence, to people with a history of suffering discrimination and prejudice, and particular harm to young same-sex attracted or gender-questioning people who do not yet have support networks in place to assist them in coming out, and considers such harmful harassment is an unacceptable abuse of the responsibilities that come with freedom of speech and must be subject to effective sanctions.

Original Paragraph after 32:

Preamble:




Amendment 156A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 67
Page Number: 172
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That ¶67 on page 172 be amended by replacing “reasonable adults” with “reasonable adults, without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” in the first sentence.

Original Paragraph 67:

Labor supports the National Classification Code that classifies content against the standards of morality, decency and propriety accepted by reasonable adults. The principles of classification should apply on a platform neutral basis. Labor recognises the necessity of an independent and accountable review process for the list of URLs to be blocked by mandatory filtering. Labor believes mandatory ISP level filtering should be limited to Refused Classification content according to the National Classification Code. Labor does not support the introduction of mandatory ISP filtering that would lead to significant degradation of network speeds.




Amendment 156A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 67
Page Number: 172
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

That para 67 on page 172 be amended by replacing “reasonable adults” with “reasonable adults, without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” in the first sentence.

Original Paragraph 67:

Labor supports the National Classification Code that classifies content against the standards of morality, decency and propriety accepted by reasonable adults. The principles of classification should apply on a platform neutral basis. Labor recognises the necessity of an independent and accountable review process for the list of URLs to be blocked by mandatory filtering. Labor believes mandatory ISP level filtering should be limited to Refused Classification content according to the National Classification Code. Labor does not support the introduction of mandatory ISP filtering that would lead to significant degradation of network speeds.




Amendment 157A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 6
Page Number: 64
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after Paragraph 6 of Chapter 4:

 Labor also wants equity within Australia as we move to address climate change and is ensuring that low and middle income earners do not carry a disproportionate burden of our transition to a low carbon economy.

 

Original Paragraph 6:

Labor wants intergenerational equity. Our pursuit of social justice and fair opportunities for all extends to future generations. We believe we have an obligation to leave the world a better place, not to pass on the problems we found too difficult to deal with to our grandchildren and to their grandchildren. Labor believes in making the hard choices now to deliver a clean environment and sustainable prosperity.




Amendment 159A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 11
Page Number: 66
Mover: Johan Scheffer
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

That a new dot point be added to the Environment and Heritage section of Labor Achievements, page 66 of Chapter 4:

 ·        established a Biodiversity Fund committing $1 billion over 6 years to restore and protect our unique biodiversity, and enhance the carbon-carrying capacity of the landscape.

 

Original Paragraph 11:

Labor believes our environmental challenge extends to lived environments and involves identifying, preserving and restoring significant examples of our built and cultural heritage.




Amendment 161A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 15
Page Number: 67
Mover: Luke O’Connor
Seconder: Lily D’Ambrosio
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after Paragraph 15 of Chapter 4:

To ensure we achieve our commitment to cut pollution to 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050, when setting pollution caps Labor will be guided by the latest climate science, Australia’s international climate change obligations and the advice of the independent Climate Change Authority.

          

Original Paragraph 15:

The carbon price is the first element of Labor’s plan for a clean energy future. It will trigger a broad transformation of the economy. Labor is committed to an emissions trading scheme, beginning with a fixed price but transitioning to a flexible price in 2015.




Amendment 162A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 18
Page Number: 68
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

That new paragraphs be inserted after the section heading Supporting Industry and Jobs in chapter 4, as new paragraphs 18, 19 and 20:

Labor will deliver sustainable industry policy for the transition to a low carbon economy that utilises the full suite of policy measures available to maximise competitiveness and job growth. Labor recognises that policies to support industry and jobs must include a focus on regional workers and communities at the front line of the transition to a low pollution economy, and promote collaborative planning between workers, employers and government.  Sustainable industry policy also includes a plan for research, development and expansion of the renewable energy sector.

 

Original Paragraph 18:

Labor is supporting industry and jobs to make the transition to a clean energy economy. Labor’s Jobs and Competitiveness Program will support local jobs and production and encourage industry to invest in cleaner technologies.




Amendment 164A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 18
Page Number: 68
Mover: Johan Scheffer
Seconder: Gavin Jennings
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted following the three new paragraphs proposed by Louise Tarrant (NSW) and Dave Kelly (WA), after the section heading Supporting Industry and Jobs in chapter 4:

Labor recognises the importance of growing diverse regional economies in areas such as the Latrobe Valley, the Illawara and the Hunter Valley, as we make the transition to a low pollution economy. Labor recognises that these communities and their traditional industries have underpinned our prosperity and have been the source of jobs for generations of Australians. Labor will work with communities, unions and industry to develop a comprehensive regional development approach which supports the growth of sustainable new industries, technologies and practices. 

 

Original Paragraph 18:

Labor is supporting industry and jobs to make the transition to a clean energy economy. Labor’s Jobs and Competitiveness Program will support local jobs and production and encourage industry to invest in cleaner technologies.




Amendment 166A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 68
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 23 of chapter 4:

Labor will make sure the assistance to households is reviewed and adjusted so that it remains current with price impacts.

 

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor will use revenue from the carbon price for significant tax reform – the tax-free threshold will be trebled, while everyone earning up to $80,000 will receive a tax cut. This in itself is a significant, progressive tax reform.




Amendment 167A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 24
Page Number: 68
Mover: Luke O’Connor
Seconder: Johan Scheffer
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 24 of chapter 4:

Labor will continue to work toward an increasing proportion of clean energy generation beyond the current mandated target of 20 per cent by 2020.

 

Original Paragraph 24:

During our first term in government, Labor raised the Renewable Energy Target to 20 per cent ensuring 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply will come from renewable sources by 2020.




Amendment 169A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 30
Page Number: 69
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 30 of chapter 4:

Labor will assist low and middle income households to reduce their energy costs and contribute to a clean energy future with schemes to improve energy efficiency.

 

Original Paragraph 30:

Labor will help Australians save money on their energy bills. Australia can reduce carbon pollution by improving energy efficiency across government, business and households. Small actions can make a big difference, and simple improvements to the way we do things save money. That is why energy efficiency is a key part of our plan for a clean energy future.




Amendment 171A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 40
Page Number: 70
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Yorick Piper
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 40 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

 

Labor recognises that achieving a comprehensive global solution also requires a change in the traditional dynamic between developed and developing nations, and has fostered cooperative relationships with developing countries, such as with Indonesia through the Australia-Indonesia Forest Carbon Partners.

In consultation with interested Australian parties, Labor will continue to work collaboratively with developing countries to support the participation of relevant stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, local communities and civil society, in REDD+ mechanisms.

 

Original Paragraph 40:

Labor recognises that achieving a comprehensive global solution also requires a change in the traditional dynamic between developed and developing nations, and has fostered cooperative relationships with developing countries, such as with Indonesia through the Australia-Indonesia Forest Carbon Partnership.




Amendment 172A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 46
Page Number: 71
Mover: Grahame Kelly
Seconder: Paul Howes
Amendment Text:

That new paragraphs be inserted after paragraph 46 of chapter 4:

Labor recognises the community concern about coal seam gas extraction.

Labor will take action to ensure that it is conducted in a way that is safe for local communities, manages environmental impacts and ensures sustainable local economic activity. Labor expects the industry to operate at the highest operational and environmental standards and will ensure the coal seam gas industry assess and manages environmental and other impacts including on water reserves and co-existence with other agricultural activities. Labor also calls on the industry to constructively engage with affected landholders to achieve and sustain community acceptance.

 

Original Paragraph 46:

Among Australia’s greatest economic strengths is the extent and diversity of its natural energy resources, energy infrastructure and energy technology. Australia is both an important producer of established sources of energy, including coal, gas, oil and condensate, and a world-class developer of renewable and sustainable energy technologies.




Amendment 173A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 50
Page Number: 71
Mover: Gavin Jennings
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 50 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

 

·        facilitate a process of cooperation and development involving state and territory governments, industry representatives, including peak industry associations and unions to ensure Australia builds the necessary electricity industry transmission, distribution and generation facilities to meet Australia’s electricity demands and ensure supply for the future for all Australians

·        encourage continued development and investment in energy infrastructure and technologies, particularly gas and renewable energy sources and lower emission energy sources such as gas

·        encourage research and commercial development of new and renewable energy sources and technology

·        take into account the relative environmental impact of differing energy sources

·        encourage the increased use of lower emission energy sources to operate alongside existing energy sources

·        encourage investment in an intensive national oil and gas exploration effort

·        support investment in oil and gas exploration, recognising the role gas has to play as a transition fuel.

·        facilitate free and fair competition between energy sources

·        facilitate free and fair interstate trade in gas

·        facilitate a national electricity market

·        encourage co-generation.

Original Paragraph 50:

To improve our national energy capacity, Labor will continue to:

  • facilitate a process of cooperation and development involving state and territory governments, industry representatives, including peak industry associations and unions to ensure Australia builds the necessary electricity industry transmission, distribution and generation facilities to meet Australia’s electricity demands and ensure supply for the future for all Australians

  • encourage continued development and investment in energy infrastructure and technologies, particularly gas and renewable energy sources

  • encourage research and commercial development of new and renewable energy sources and technology

  • take into account the relative environmental impact of differing energy sources

  • encourage the use of gas in conjunction with coal for power generation

  • encourage investment in an intensive national oil and gas exploration effort

  • facilitate free and fair competition between energy sources

  • facilitate free and fair interstate trade in gas

  • facilitate a national electricity market

  • encourage co-generation.




Amendment 174A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 52
Page Number: 72
Mover: Margaret Lewis
Seconder: Johan Scheffer
Amendment Text:

That the second dot point of paragraph 52 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

 

Support public and private sector research and development in innovative energy technologies that are cleaner and more efficient

 

Original Paragraph 52:

Labor recognises that major opportunities are emerging in new and renewable energy technologies within the global energy market. Accordingly Labor will continue to:

  • support research and development in innovative energy technologies that are cleaner and more efficient

  • ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply will be sourced from renewables by 2020 through a legislated target

  • encourage Australian development, manufacture and commercialisation of renewable energy technologies for both domestic and export markets

  • encourage local and foreign investment to increase Australia’s renewable energy technology manufacturing capability.




Amendment 176A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 72
Page Number: 74
Mover: Margaret Lewis
Seconder: Johan Scheffer
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 72 of chapter 4:

 Labor will fund research to ensure sustainability of water extraction from the Great Artesian Basin.

 

Original Paragraph 72:

By continuing to purchase water from willing sellers and investing in water savings, Labor will improve the health of our rivers and facilitate an early transition in anticipation of lower sustainable diversion limits under the new Basin Plan.




Amendment 177A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 79
Page Number: 75
Mover: Luke O’Connor
Seconder: Helen Gibbons
Amendment Text:

That new paragraphs be inserted after paragraph 79 of chapter 4:

Labor will incorporate sustainability into government decision making and operations. Labor will ensure all government departments and agencies increasingly adopt best practice energy efficiency. Labor will update the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy, which includes portfolio energy intensity targets and minimum energy performance standards for office buildings, appliances and vehicles. Labor will ensure that office copy paper used throughout government will have a minimum post consumer recycled content of 50 per cent by July 2011, with progression to 100 per cent post consumer recycled content by July 2015 consistent with value for money principles.

 

Original Paragraph 79:

Labor will establish an independent National Sustainability Commissioner and Council to monitor Australia’s performance against sustainability targets and to evaluate government policies for their impact on sustainability and agreed national targets.




Amendment 178A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 84
Page Number: 75
Mover: Luke O’Connor
Seconder: Johan Scheffer
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 84 of chapter 4:

Labor recognises the contribution environment and conservation groups make to protecting our environment through practical action and policy and social leadership, particularly at the local level. Labor will continue to work with non-government and environment groups to take action on climate change and protect biodiversity and our natural resources.

 

Original Paragraph 84:

Labor notes that the whole community should play a role in climate change actions. This includes the role played by those in our community that deliver quality public services, like local government, water supply, electricity and public transport. These industries take actions every day in a range of services from recycling, water harvesting, demand management and much more. This is a significant role in making our community environmentally sustainable and fighting climate change. Labor recognises the role played by the community and will continue to implement a broad range of climate change actions.




Amendment 179A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 86
Page Number: 76
Mover: Johan Scheffer
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 86 in chapter 4:

Labor will work to ensure that Caring for our Country programs and other volunteer and community programs like Landcare support local conservation and environmental priorities as well as contributing to national priorities to improve biodiversity and sustainable farm practices.

 

Original Paragraph 86:

Labor will work with state and territory governments and landholders to develop, resource and implement threat abatement and recovery plans for threatened species and ecological communities, while preventing clearing that will have a significant impact on threatened ecological communities and critical habitats for threatened species.




Amendment 180A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 86
Page Number: 76
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 86 in chapter 4:

Labor will establish a new independent Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Advisory Board to advise the Government on its Biodiversity Fund. This Board will include substantial representation from the union movement to ensure jobs and job creation is a focus of the board.

 

Original Paragraph 86:

Labor will work with state and territory governments and landholders to develop, resource and implement threat abatement and recovery plans for threatened species and ecological communities, while preventing clearing that will have a significant impact on threatened ecological communities and critical habitats for threatened species.




Amendment 181A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 93
Page Number: 76
Mover: Veronica Husted
Seconder: Luke O’Connor
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 105 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

 

Labor supports meeting Australia’s international obligations for marine protection by creating a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of marine reserves, including buffer zones and ‘no take’ zones, to sustain ecosystem health and fish stocks, commencing with the South West marine bioregion.

 

  

Original Paragraph 93:

Labor will continue to support the Australian Forestry Standard and remains concerned about other international forest certification and related ratings schemes which unduly penalise forestry.




Amendment 182A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 113
Page Number: 78
Mover: Johan Scheffer
Seconder: Lily D’Ambrosio
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 113 of chapter 4 be amended to read: 

Labor will support the proper funding, protection, management, monitoring and presentation of World Heritage Areas including the important work of government authorities such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. and Labor will continue to support the investigation and nomination of areas suitable for future listing in co-operation with state and territory governments.

 

Original Paragraph 113:

Labor will support the proper funding, protection, management, monitoring and presentation of World Heritage Areas, and will continue to support the investigation and nomination of areas suitable for future listing in cooperation with state and territory governments.




Amendment 183A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 126
Page Number: 79
Mover: Johan Scheffer
Seconder: Lily D’Ambrosio
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 126 of chapter 4 be amended to read: 

 

The strategy recognises that population change is not only about the growth and overall size of our population, it is also about the needs and skills of our population, how we live, and importantly, where we live. It recognises that population change impacts different communities in different ways. A sustainable Australia is a nation of sustainable communities that have the public services, job and education opportunities, affordable housing, amenities and natural environment that make them places where people want to work, live and build a future. The strategy’s focus is ensuring that we have in place the necessary policy settings and governance arrangements that will deliver improvements in our wellbeing, at the local, regional and national levels into the future. It outlines our commitment to improving the liveability of our urban areas, and building stronger regions.

 

Original Paragraph 126:

The strategy recognises that population change is not only about the growth and overall size of our population, it is also about the needs and skills of our population, how we live, and importantly, where we live. It recognises that population change impacts different communities in different ways. A sustainable Australia is a nation of sustainable communities that have the services, job and education opportunities, affordable housing, amenities and natural environment that make them places where people want to work, live and build a future. The strategy’s focus is ensuring that we have in place the necessary policy settings and governance arrangements that will deliver improvements in our wellbeing, at the local, regional and national levels into the future. It outlines our commitment to improving the liveability of our urban areas, and building stronger regions.




Amendment 184A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 138
Mover: Terri Butler
Seconder: Rose Jackson
Amendment Text:

Insert new sentence at the end of paragraph 25:

“‘Our commitment to closing the gap needs to be evidence-based and include measurable targets that are open and transparent to the community. These targets should include specific goals in areas such as literacy, numeracy, employment, infant mortality, life expectancy and education”        

Original Paragraph 25:

Labor believes that closing the gap in life expectancy, employment, health and education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is a national priority. Closing the Gap requires enduring commitment from all levels of government and the corporate and non-government sector, and working in partnership with Indigenous Australians to deliver the change they aspire to for themselves and for future generations.




Amendment 185A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 66
Page Number: 143
Mover: David Kelly
Seconder: Carolyn Smith
Amendment Text:

Amend final sentence so that it reads:

“Labor recognises that future reform of disability services will require investment from all levels ofGovernment and consultation with all major stakeholders such as consumers, unions, care providers and peak bodies.

Original Paragraph 66:

Labor has commenced work with the states and territories to build the foundations for reform. We have established a COAG Select Council of Ministers from the Commonwealth, states and territories to lead reform in this area and an Advisory Group to the Select Council to provide expert advice on delivering the foundations for reform and preparation for launch. Labor recognises that future reform of disability services will require investment from all levels of government.




Amendment 186A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 81
Page Number: 146
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Rose Jackson
Amendment Text:

Insert new sentence at the end of paragraph 81:

“Labor believes all Australians have the right to secure, affordable and appropriate housing throughout their lives.”

Original Paragraph 81:

Labor recognises that having a home provides the foundation for financial, social and emotional security. If Australia is to be a truly fair and democratic society, we must not tolerate the social exclusion that arises from failing to meet this basic need.




Amendment 187A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 189
Page Number: 160
Mover: Chris Christodoulou
Seconder: Mark Arbib
Amendment Text:

Before the heading “Animal Welfare”, add a new section 189 and re-number 189 to 190 and following paragraphs accordingly

189  Assistance to Families

Labor recognises the developmental, health, and social benefits of children participating in sport and other cultural activities. Labor recognises that the financial cost to families of their children participating in such activity can be an obstacle to participation. Accordingly, Labor will examine ways to assist families to maximise their children’s participation in sport and other cultural activities.        

Original Paragraph 189:

Labor believes that all animals should be treated humanely and will work to achieve better animal welfare through harmonisation of relevant Federal, State and Territory laws and codes to ensure consistent application and enforcement of animal protection statutes.




Amendment 188A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 56
Page Number: 182
Mover: Richard Marles
Seconder: Amanda Rishworth
Amendment Text:

That a new paragraph 56A be inserted after paragraph 56 which would read:

 “Labor will work to extend the White Ribbon Day campaign to Australia’s Pacific neighbours to further our efforts to stop violence against women.”

Original Paragraph 56:

Labor abhors the increasing levels of repression against women in some countries. Labor will vigorously support international campaigns to end:

  • sexual exploitation of women and children, including sex tourism and trafficking

  • prohibitions on education and paid employment and restriction to access to medical services for women

  • the denial of equal property rights for women

  • the unequal standing of women in judicial systems

  • the persecution of rape victims

  • the systematic use of rape and sexual torture in war.


Resolution 189R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: Steve Georganas
Seconder: Amanda Fazio
Resolution Text:

 CYPRUS

Labor will work to facilitate a just settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on UN resolutions respecting sovereignty, independence and the territorial integrity of Cyprus, and resulting in the demilitarisation and reunification of the island for the benefit of its entire people.

 




Amendment 190A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 138
Mover: Kirk McKenzie
Seconder: Marilyn Dodkin
Amendment Text:

That a further dot point be added to paragraph 23, page 138, Chapter 9 “A Fair Go for all Australians” under the following existing heading:
 
23  Labor has introduced a new Human Rights Framework that:…….

provides for a review of legislation, policies and practices for compliance with the seven core UN Human Rights treaties to which Australia is a party (which are listed in the Framework).

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor has introduced a new Human Rights Framework that:

  • is investing in a comprehensive suite of education initiatives to promote a greater understanding of human rights across the community

  • through the National Action Plan on Human Rights requires each new Bill introduced into Parliament is accompanied by a statement of compatibility with our international human rights obligations

  • establishing a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to provide greater scrutiny of legislation for compliance with our international human rights obligations

  • develops federal anti-discrimination laws into a single Act to remove unnecessary regulatory overlap and make the system more user-friendly.




Amendment 191A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 63
Page Number: 28
Mover: Kirk McKenzie
Seconder: Marilyn Dodkin
Amendment Text:

That a further dot point be added to paragraph 63, page 28, Chapter 2 “A Strong Economy for all Australians” after the following passage:
 
Labor is committed to boosting Australia’s international competitiveness by:
 
·      resisting pressures to re-introduce a substantial regime of import tariffs and/or other protectionist measures.

Original Paragraph 63:

Labor recognises that increasing numbers of permanent visas are granted to temporary visa holders already either working or studying in Australia. These permanent migrants have made the choice to stay and live in Australia and in many cases are already in employment. Wherever possible, Labor will align the permanent and temporary migration programs to facilitate the conversion of temporary visa holders on to permanent visas and citizenship. Employers will be encouraged to sponsor temporary visa holders for permanent residency where the visa holders are working under successful arrangements and have skills that correspond with those needed in the economy and Australia’s migration priorities.


Resolution 194R

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Rupert Evans
Resolution Text:

 

Chapter 2 Resolution 

PUBLIC SERVICES SUPPORTING A STRONG ECONOMY

National Conference recognises the essential role Government and public services play in supporting a strong economy and a fair community. Strong and sustainable public finances are critical to Labor achieving its agenda in Government. The public service plays a vital role in providing the high quality policy advice and the essential services that enable Government to develop good policy and serve the community. Government economic and legislative involvement is essential to provide opportunities for all Australians, improve equity through redistribution, provide public safety and security and protect the community through the regulation necessary in a market economy.  National Conference acknowledges there are genuine concerns within the Australian Public Service and in the broader community about the impact of repeated saving measures on public services, including increases to the efficiency dividend and a range of other initiatives. National Conference rejects the Coalition’s approach to dramatically cut public services and acknowledges the Australian Public Service is of a modest size compared to other Western nations, and is recognised internationally as providing high quality services and policy advice. National Conference acknowledges that it is in the nation’s interest to ensure the Australian Public Service remains efficient, accountable, professional, independent and apolitical. Therefore National Conference calls on the Federal Labor Government to work with public sector unions and employees to find a more sustainable funding model for the Australian Public Service which will:

· deliver quality, effective and efficient services that are affordable and accessible for all Australians;

· deliver value for money to the community;

· provide certainty for clients, employees and agencies;

· drive real public sector productivity, efficiency and improvements to service and policy capability; and

· ensure the public service provides secure, high quality jobs and help attract and retain talented employees.

 




Amendment 195A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 1
Page Number: 17
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

 

amend paragraph 1 to read

“Labor is delivering a strong and sustainable economy for all Australians. We are committed to the ongoing reform and economic management that will increase productivity, create good jobs and secure the future health of the Australian economy. By modernising our infrastructure, managing the transition to clean energy, investing in skills and innovation and advancing tax reform, Labor is transforming our economy. Labor’s commitment to a strong economy is driven by its determination to give all Australians a better quality of life and allow all to share in our nation’s prosperity. A strong economy allows Labor to deliver the programs and services that Australians need, and particularly to support those who are most vulnerable in our society.”

Original Paragraph 1:

Labor is delivering a strong and sustainable economy for all Australians. We are committed to the ongoing reform and economic management that will increase productivity, create jobs and secure the future health of the Australian economy. By modernising our infrastructure, managing the transition to clean energy, investing in skills and innovation and advancing tax reform, Labor is transforming our economy. Labor’s commitment to a strong economy is driven by its determination to give all Australians a better quality of life and allow all to share in our nation’s prosperity. A strong economy allows Labor to deliver the programs and services that Australians need, and particularly to support those who are most vulnerable in our society.




Amendment 196A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 66
Page Number: 112
Mover: Rowan Foley
Seconder: Michelle Parker
Amendment Text:

Replace ‘good’ with ‘high quality’ in the first sentence. 

Original Paragraph 66:

Labor believes that a good education is critical to Closing the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and is committed to ensuring that Indigenous children and young people have access to the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.




Amendment 197A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 2
Page Number: 17
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 2: 

“Labor acted decisively during the Global Financial Crisis and saved hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs. Labor has continued to ensure the Australian economy’s fundamentals are strong. We have low unemployment, robust public finances with very low public debt, and a huge flow of mining investment. Our banks are well capitalised and among the highest rated in the world. But we are an economy and a society in transition. Global economic power is shifting to the Asia-Pacific. Our society is ageing. While some important steps have been taken in recent years to extend the benefits of economic growth to all Australians, Labor understands that more needs to be done to address income inequality, including for those in low paid work. The world is moving to a clean energy future. Labor has the vision and the policies to lead this change, and to work to ensure that our future is one based on prosperity fairly shared amongst our citizens.  We are at our best when we help Australians adapt to change. We have managed the recent effects of the GFC and natural disasters, and will confront future challenges from a position of genuine strength and compassion.”

Original Paragraph 2:

Labor acted decisively during the Global Financial Crisis and saved hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs. Labor has continued to ensure the Australian economy’s fundamentals are strong. We have low unemployment, robust public finances with very low public debt, and a huge flow of mining investment. Our banks are well capitalised and among the highest rated in the world. But we are an economy and a society in transition. Global economic power is shifting to the Asia-Pacific. Our society is ageing. The digital revolution is changing information flows. Our services economy continues to grow. The world is moving to a clean energy future. Labor has the vision and the policies to lead this change. We are at our best when we help Australians adapt to change. We have managed the recent effects of the GFC and natural disasters, and will confront future challenges from a position of genuine strength and compassion.




Amendment 199A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 3
Page Number: 17
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 3: 

“Patchwork pressures mean that while some parts of our economy are strained by growth, others risk being left behind. The demand for our minerals, driven by the rise of Asia, represents a huge opportunity for Australia. The high dollar and a cautious consumer are making it tough for retailers and our trade exposed sectors like tourism, higher education and manufacturing. Uncertainty abroad is having an impact on the confidence of consumers and on domestic businesses. The mining boom also contributes to skills shortages elsewhere in the economy and increased wage and price pressures. The challenge for Australia is to convert the opportunities created by the mining boom into sustainable gains in national prosperity and good jobs. We need to ensure that the benefits of economic growth are redistributed through the economy to those on low wages, not in work or reliant on welfare. We are pursuing a high technology, high skill, clean energy economy that is self-sustaining, beyond our reliance on mineral exports. Labor believes that government must pursue these priorities for the long-term strength of our economy and society.”

Original Paragraph 3:

Patchwork pressures mean that while some parts of our economy are strained by growth, others risk being left behind. The demand for our minerals, driven by the rise of Asia, represents a huge opportunity for Australia. The high dollar and a cautious consumer are making it tough for retailers and our trade exposed sectors like tourism, higher education and manufacturing. Uncertainty abroad is having an impact on the confidence of consumers and on domestic businesses. The mining boom also contributes to skills shortages elsewhere in the economy and increased wage and price pressures. The challenge for Australia is to convert the opportunities created by the mining boom into sustainable gains in national prosperity and jobs. We are pursuing a high technology, high skill, clean energy economy that is self-sustaining, beyond our reliance on mineral exports. Labor believes that government must pursue these priorities for the long-term strength of our economy and society.




Amendment 201A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 7
Page Number: 18
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 7  

“Labor is committed to lifting workforce participation and achieving full employment, meaning everyone who wants to work is supported and able to find a good job in a reasonable period of time. Good jobs and job security provide dignity and are the keys to social and personal wellbeing, stable family life and strong communities. We want to maximise the opportunity for Australians to be employed in secure, high-wage, high-skill jobs. Increased participation is good for economic output and living standards and an essential response to the ageing population. Labor is adopting an integrated strategy to lift workforce participation levels, including through education and training, welfare, taxation and industry policies. Labor will make sure no one is left behind.”

Original Paragraph 7:

Labor is committed to lifting workforce participation and achieving full employment, meaning everyone who wants to work is supported and able to find a job in a reasonable period of time. Jobs and job security provide dignity and are the keys to social and personal wellbeing, stable family life and strong communities. We want to maximise the opportunity for Australians to be employed in secure, high-wage, high-skill jobs. Increased participation is good for economic output and living standards and an essential response to the ageing population. Labor is adopting an integrated strategy to lift workforce participation levels, including through education and training, welfare, taxation and industry policies. Labor will make sure no one is left behind.




Amendment 202A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 58
Page Number: 26
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

 Paragraph 58 be amended to read

 “Labor will administer a skilled migration program that:

  • supplements domestic training policies in targeting skills shortages that cannot be filled locally;
  • balances the temporary and permanent skilled visa programs, recognising the increasing numbers of permanent visas granted onshore;
  •  is demand driven, with greater emphasis on migrants sponsored by employers into jobs where there are demonstrated skills shortages;
  • recognises the different skill needs that exist across and within states and territories and metropolitan and regional and rural communities;
  • allows Australia to compete internationally for skilled labour;
  • has the necessary tests and checks to ensure the integrity of the system;
  • is underpinned by rigorous safeguards to ensure that employers have made all possible efforts to fill positions locally in order to protect the primary rights of Australian workers to Australian jobs and ensure that migrants are not filling the jobs that Australians could be undertaking;
  • protects temporary overseas skilled workers from exploitation.
Original Paragraph 58:

Labor will administer a skilled migration program that:

  • complements domestic training policies in targeting skills shortages that cannot be filled locally

  • balances the temporary and permanent skilled visa programs, recognising the increasing numbers of permanent visas granted onshore

  • is demand driven, with greater emphasis on migrants sponsored by employers into jobs where there are demonstrated skills shortages

  • recognises the different skill needs that exist across and within states and territories and metropolitan and regional and rural communities

  • allows Australia to compete internationally for skilled labour

  • has the necessary tests and checks to ensure the integrity of the system

  • protects temporary overseas skilled workers from exploitation.




Amendment 203A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 60
Page Number: 27
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 60 of Chapter 2 be amended to read: 

“The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage more independent and less employer sponsored migration or
  • encourage both independent and employer sponsored migration
  • ensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy
  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction
  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed
  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment
  • provide information, including on workplace rights and responsibilities, for skilled permanent migrants and their families to welcome them into the Australian community. “

 

Original Paragraph 60:

The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage employer sponsored migration, which is driven by the demand for specific skills

  • ensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy

  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction

  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed

  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment.




Amendment 204A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 8
Page Number: 18
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 8:

“Labor believes in a strong economy that delivers for all people. Economic growth must be shared, particularly at times of increasing cost of living due to global instability Labor’s commitment to social justice drives our economic policies. Labor believes in providing opportunities for all Australians to contribute to and benefit from economic growth and wealth creation, through a fair tax system, quality public services, equal access to educational opportunities, and a decent social safety net. We are committed to:

  • a just society where no one is left behind
  • all Australians having the opportunity to enjoy a reasonable standard of living to enable them and their families to live with dignity
  • building a fairer Australia with a more equitable distribution of assets, income and employment underpinned by a strong and vibrant union movement
  • giving all Australians the opportunity to be educated, trained and job ready throughout their working lives
  • improving financial incentives for workforce participation through taxation and welfare reforms, alongside training and industry policies and increasing the affordability and supply of quality childcare
  • removing the barriers that prevent people with disability and their carers from participating in the Australian economy
    supporting and protecting those unable to work
  • promoting economic growth in regional and rural Australia providing a fair and just level of retirement adequacy.”
Original Paragraph 8:

Labor believes in a strong economy that delivers for working families. Economic growth must be shared, particularly at times of increasing cost of living due to global instability Labor’s commitment to social justice drives our economic policies. Labor believes in providing opportunities for all Australians to contribute to and benefit from economic growth and wealth creation, through a fair tax system, quality public services, equal access to educational opportunities, and a decent social safety net. We are committed to:

  • a just society where no one is left behind

  • all Australians having the opportunity to enjoy a reasonable standard of living to enable them and their families to live with dignity

  • building a fairer Australia with a more equitable distribution of assets, income and employment

  • giving all Australians the opportunity to be educated, trained and job ready throughout their working lives

  • improving financial incentives for workforce participation through taxation and welfare reforms, alongside training and industry policies and increasing the affordability and supply of quality childcare

  • removing the barriers that prevent people with disability and their carers from participating in the Australian economy

  • supporting and protecting those unable to work

  • promoting economic growth in regional and rural Australia.




Amendment 207A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 18
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 9:

 “Labor believes that public finances should be managed responsibly, and that the budget should be kept in surplus in conditions of economic growth. This strategy provides the flexibility for the budget to vary with economic conditions to support macroeconomic stability, while ensuring public finances remain strong over time. In a growing economy, returning to surplus will help protect our future and ensure our continued productivity and prosperity. Strong public finances also provide a buffer against unfolding uncertainties in the global economy and allows government to provide for the most marginalised in our community. We took responsible action in tough economic times. We are now taking responsible action and making the hard fiscal decisions to build a strong and sustainable economy for the future.”

Original Paragraph 9:

Labor believes that public finances should be managed responsibly, and that the budget should be kept in surplus on average over the medium-term. This strategy provides the flexibility for the budget to vary with economic conditions to support macroeconomic stability, while ensuring public finances remain strong over time. In a growing economy, returning to surplus will help protect our future and ensure our continued productivity and prosperity. Strong public finances also provide a buffer against unfolding uncertainties in the global economy and allow government to provide for the most marginalised in our community. We took responsible action in tough economic times. We are now taking responsible action and making the hard fiscal decisions to build a strong and sustainable economy for the future.




Amendment 210A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 61
Page Number: 27
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 61 of Chapter 2  be amended to read: 

“The temporary skilled migration program should:

  • only be used to fill short-term skill shortages that cannot be met locally
  • require employers accessing overseas workers to make, as a condition of use of such workers, a commensurate investment in training of local workers, including through apprenticeships
  • be based on a rigorous and transparent process to ensure that employers have made all possible efforts to fill positions locally.
  • ensure overseas workers are provided with genuine market rates and conditions equal to those received by equivalent Australian workers in their industry or occupation to prevent the undermining of those entitlements
  • include a targeted monitoring program that recognises the risks of exploitation across different employers, occupations and sectors and imposes effective sanctions on those who breach the law
  • ensure that workers, if dismissed from their employment, are able to remain in Australia while any challenge to the dismissal is before Fair Work Australia or the courts, to make workers less vulnerable to exploitation
  • provide quick processing of visas to employers who have a record of compliance
  • provide the relevant external agencies with the information to effectively regulate overseas workers, including work safety and industrial relations agencies
  • ensure that overseas workers have the relevant qualifications for the trade or profession
  • ensure that the children of temporary migrants have access to education
  • Labor will ensure that all categories of temporary workers will not be exploited through sham contracting.
Original Paragraph 61:

The temporary skilled migration program should:

  • only be used to fill short-term skill shortages that cannot be met locally

  • ensure overseas workers are provided the same wages and conditions as Australian workers to prevent the undermining of those entitlements

  • require employers accessing overseas workers to make, as a condition of use of such workers, a commensurate investment in training of local workers, including through apprenticeships

  • include a targeted monitoring program that recognises the risks of exploitation across different employers, occupations and sectors and imposes effective sanctions on those who breach the law

  • ensure that workers, if dismissed from their employment, are able to remain in Australia while any challenge to the dismissal is before Fair Work Australia or the courts, to make workers less vulnerable to exploitation

  • provide quick processing of visas to employers who have a record of compliance

  • provide the relevant external agencies with the information to effectively regulate overseas workers, including work safety and industrial relations agencies

  • ensure that overseas workers have the relevant qualifications for the trade or profession

  • ensure that local labour market needs are met through Registered Employment Authorities, which will include representatives from industry and unions.




Amendment 211A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 11
Page Number: 19
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 11 completely to read:

Labor believes that properly regulated competitive markets may provide strong incentives for innovation, enterprise, investment and hard work. Australia’s open market economy has led to significant economic growth in a number of industries and sectors and has allowed us to maintain our international competitiveness.

Labor believes that Government has an important role to play in the provision of essential public services, such as health and education that cannot and should not be provided by the private sector, the privatisation and outsourcing of such services is contrary to our social democratic values, diminishes the accountability of the Government to the public and puts profit before social need.”

Original Paragraph 11:

Labor believes that open markets, supported by a framework of pro-competitive rules, provide the best incentives for innovation, enterprise, investment and hard work. Australia’s openness to the global economy has made Australia a more competitive, productive and prosperous nation. The benefits of an open market have flowed to everyday Australians through lower consumer prices and increased employment opportunities.




Amendment 212A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 61
Page Number: 27
Mover: Paul Bastian
Seconder: Dave Oliver
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 61 of Chapter 2 be amended to read 

“Labor will ensure that local labour market needs are met through Registered Employment Authorities, which will include representatives from industry and unions. The Registered Employment Authorities will:

  • ensure the scheme is more transparent and will provide advice in high risk cases, Regional Migration Agreements and high risk Labour Agreements on whether applications are consistent with the objectives of the program
  • provide a benefit to Australia and reflect local labour market needs
  • ensure the occupations where skills shortages exist will be identified on a regular basis

 

Labor is committed to establishing a National Jobs Board for the resources sector by July 2012.”

Original Paragraph 61:

The temporary skilled migration program should:

  • only be used to fill short-term skill shortages that cannot be met locally

  • ensure overseas workers are provided the same wages and conditions as Australian workers to prevent the undermining of those entitlements

  • require employers accessing overseas workers to make, as a condition of use of such workers, a commensurate investment in training of local workers, including through apprenticeships

  • include a targeted monitoring program that recognises the risks of exploitation across different employers, occupations and sectors and imposes effective sanctions on those who breach the law

  • ensure that workers, if dismissed from their employment, are able to remain in Australia while any challenge to the dismissal is before Fair Work Australia or the courts, to make workers less vulnerable to exploitation

  • provide quick processing of visas to employers who have a record of compliance

  • provide the relevant external agencies with the information to effectively regulate overseas workers, including work safety and industrial relations agencies

  • ensure that overseas workers have the relevant qualifications for the trade or profession

  • ensure that local labour market needs are met through Registered Employment Authorities, which will include representatives from industry and unions.




Amendment 213A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 12
Page Number: 19
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 12:

“Labor believes Australia’s long-term prosperity depends on competing successfully in global markets. This means Australia needs to produce high quality goods and services that the world wants to buy, and remove barriers to overseas markets. Labor will work to ensure major policy settings like skills development and training, infrastructure planning, tax and regulation frameworks do not hold businesses back from achieving their full potential in global markets while at the same time ensuring that all Australians enjoy a fair share of the benefits of growth.”

Original Paragraph 12:

Labor believes Australia’s long-term prosperity depends on competing successfully in global markets. This means Australia needs to produce high quality goods and services that the world wants to buy, and remove barriers to overseas markets. Labor will work to ensure major policy settings like skills development and training, infrastructure planning, tax and regulation frameworks do not hold businesses back from achieving their full potential in global markets.




Amendment 214A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 19
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 13:

“Labor also recognises that markets sometimes fail and understands that the market will often create the most equitable and efficient distribution of power, wealth and services. Labor believes that government has a responsibility to intervene to address market failures and the extremes of capitalism. Labor supports an active role for governments in addressing market failure, and improving equity and social justice through the full range of government policy instruments including expenditure, taxation, regulation, and the provision of goods and services.”

Original Paragraph 13:

Labor also recognises that markets sometimes fail and understands that the market will not always create the most equitable and efficient distribution of power, wealth and services. Labor believes that government has a responsibility to intervene to address market failures and the worst extremes of capitalism. Labor supports an active role for governments in addressing market failure through the full range of government policy instruments including expenditure, taxation, regulation, and the provision of goods and services.




Amendment 216A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 62
Page Number: 28
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 62 of Chapter 2 be amended to read: 

 

“Labor recognises that significant numbers of permanent visas are granted to temporary visa holders already working in Australia. Recognising that a transition to permanent residency status helps move an individual overseas worker onto a more secure footing, where possible, Labor will align the permanent and temporary migration programs to facilitate the conversion of temporary visa holders on to permanent visas and citizenship. Employers will be encouraged to sponsor temporary visa holders for permanent residency where the visa holders are working under successful arrangements and have skills that correspond with those needed in the economy and Australia’s migration priorities. However any such transition to permanent residency status should not be automatic. It should be underpinned by a rigorous process to ensure the primary rights of Australian workers and young people to Australian jobs are fully protected and respected.”

Original Paragraph 62:

The Registered Employment Authorities will:

  • ensure the scheme is more transparent and will provide advice in higher risk cases on whether applications are consistent with the objectives of the program

  • provide a benefit to Australia and reflect local labour market needs

  • ensure the occupations where skills shortages exist will be identified on a regular basis

  • ensure that the children of temporary migrants have access to education.




Amendment 217A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 15
Page Number: 19
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 19:

“Labor is committed to good corporate governance and social responsibility. Transparency, accountability and disclosure are at the core of good corporate governance and social responsibility practices. Labor will ensure that obligations on companies and their officers result in comprehensive and comprehensible disclosures for shareholders and stakeholders and appropriate accountability. We also welcome, encourage and applaud the growing number of strategic partnerships between the private and not-for-profit sectors in a wide range of areas. Labor will facilitate opportunities for responsible employers conducting their operations in a sustainable manner that benefits the entire population and broader economy.”

Original Paragraph 15:

Labor is committed to good corporate governance and social responsibility. Transparency, accountability and disclosure are at the core of good corporate governance and social responsibility practices. Labor will ensure that obligations on companies and their officers result in comprehensive and comprehensible disclosures for shareholders and stakeholders and appropriate accountability. We also welcome, encourage and applaud the growing number of strategic partnerships between the private and not-for-profit sectors in a wide range of areas.




Amendment 218A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 19
Page Number: 21
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Laura Smyth
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 19:

“Labor believes in keeping government finances strong, while also taking action to support jobs and growth and lay the foundations for future prosperity. Labor believes that public finances should be managed responsibly, and that the budget should be kept in surplus on average in times of economic growth. This provides the flexibility for the budget to vary with changing economic conditions to support economic stability, while also ensuring our public finances remain strong over time. Labor put in place fiscal support for the economy during the global recession to protect jobs, and is returning the budget to surplus as our economy continues to strengthen. This strategy has ensured that Australia’s public finances remain among the strongest in the developed world, with a rapid return to surplus and lower net debt than any of the major advanced economies. Labor will operate temporary budget deficits during periods of economic downturn and build surpluses during periods where growth is above the long-term trend. Labor is also committed to making the necessary savings so we can invest in reform priorities, provided that in making such savings we preserve our commitment to ongoing government support for those who are the most marginalised in our society. Labor believes in investing in public services to develop and support measures to lift growth and productivity.”

Original Paragraph 19:

Labor is keeping government finances strong, while also taking action to support jobs and growth and lay the foundations for future prosperity. Labor is committed to sound public finances by adhering to a fiscal strategy that keeps the budget in surplus on average over the medium-term. This provides the flexibility for the budget to vary with changing economic conditions to support economic stability, while also ensuring our public finances remain strong over time. Labor put in place fiscal support for the economy during the global recession to protect jobs, and is returning the budget to surplus as our economy continues to strengthen. This strategy has ensured that Australia’s public finances remain among the strongest in the developed world, with a rapid return to surplus and lower net debt than any of the major advanced economies. Labor will operate temporary budget deficits during periods of economic downturn and build surpluses during periods where growth is above the long-term trend.




Amendment 219A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 22
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 23:

“Labor believes in robust corporate regulation as a foundation for investor confidence and sustainable economic growth. Further, Labor believes that robust corporate regulation is an essential means of protecting employees’ entitlements. Labor will ensure that officers cannot avoid their obligations and will ensure effective enforcement of officer obligations and the imposition of penalties that reflect the gravity of contraventions.”

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor believes in robust corporate regulation as a foundation for investor confidence and sustainable economic growth. Further, Labor believes that robust corporate regulation is an essential means of protecting employees’ entitlements.




Amendment 221A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 32
Page Number: 22
Mover: Doug Cameron
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 32:

“Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices, the Corporations Act and related legislation to ensure that:

  • performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and consideration of the role of the remuneration consultancy industry in the setting of executive remuneration
  • companies fully disclose the remuneration, including options, termination payments, non- recourse loans and equity value protection schemes, of directors and senior management in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner and are accountable to shareholders
  • companies use their general meetings to appropriately communicate with shareholders
  • shareholders retain the ability to call an extraordinary general meeting of a company and shareholders and institutional investors exercise their voting rights appropriately and regularly
  • appropriate penalties are imposed for breaches of the corporations law, in particular for insider trading and trading while insolvent
  • the election of directors of listed public companies is transparent and direct voting of proxies is encouragedshareholders are informed about the directors’ relationships with the company and other directors when standing for election
  • companies continue to appoint independent directors to the board of directors
  • the independence of audit and auditors is maintained
  • not-for-profit organisations improve their governance arrangements and disclosure
  • disclosure requirements for transactions between related parties are strengthened
  • ASIC and the Director of Public Prosecutions regularly review their operations to ensure thorough management of law enforcement and prosecutions
  • corporate governance addresses responsibility to employees, the environment and the community and corporate regulation removes impediments to acting in a socially responsible manner.
  • comparative wage justice driven by executive remuneration consultants does not result in inflated unjustified executive salaries.”
Original Paragraph 32:

Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices, the Corporations Act and related legislation to ensure that:

  • performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and consideration of the role of the remuneration consultancy industry in the setting of executive remuneration

  • companies fully disclose the remuneration, including options, termination payments, non- recourse loans and equity value protection schemes, of directors and senior management in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner and are accountable to shareholders

  • companies use their general meetings to appropriately communicate with shareholders

  • shareholders retain the ability to call an extraordinary general meeting of a company and shareholders and institutional investors exercise their voting rights appropriately and regularly

  • appropriate penalties are imposed for breaches of the corporations law, in particular for insider trading and trading while insolvent

  • the election of directors of listed public companies is transparent and direct voting of proxies is encouraged

  • shareholders are informed about the directors’ relationships with the company and other directors when standing for election

  • companies continue to appoint independent directors to the board of directors

  • the independence of audit and auditors is maintained

  • not-for-profit organisations improve their governance arrangements and disclosure

  • disclosure requirements for transactions between related parties are strengthened

  • ASIC and the Director of Public Prosecutions regularly review their operations to ensure thorough management of law enforcement and prosecutions

  • corporate governance addresses responsibility to employees, the environment and the community and corporate regulation removes impediments to acting in a socially responsible manner.




Amendment 225A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 31
Page Number: 22
Mover: Doug Cameron
Seconder: Paul Bastian
Amendment Text:

insert new paragraph 31:

 “Labor notes the growing international concern in relation to the massive growth of international financial transactions much of which is speculative and destabilises markets and economies. Labor will engage constructively in the international debate on a global financial transaction tax, designed to enhance international stability, development, and fiscal responsibility.”

 

Original Paragraph 31:

Labor is also reforming superannuation to ensure Australians get a better deal from their superannuation fund, including through the new low cost superannuation product MySuper. Unnecessary fees and charges will be prohibited within MySuper and APRA will publish information on costs and performance, making fund comparisons easier.




Amendment 227A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 32
Page Number: 22
Mover: Doug Cameron
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 32:

“Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices, the Corporations Act and related legislation to ensure that:

  • performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and consideration of the role of the remuneration consultancy industry in the setting of executive remuneration
  • companies fully disclose the remuneration, including options, termination payments, non- recourse loans and equity value protection schemes, of directors and senior management in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner and are accountable to shareholders
  • companies use their general meetings to appropriately communicate with shareholders
  • shareholders retain the ability to call an extraordinary general meeting of a company and shareholders and institutional investors exercise their voting rights appropriately and regularly
  • appropriate penalties are imposed for breaches of the corporations law, in particular for insider trading and trading while insolvent
  • the election of directors of listed public companies is transparent and direct voting of proxies is encouraged
  • shareholders are informed about the directors’ relationships with the company and other directors when standing for election
  • companies continue to appoint independent directors to the board of directors
    the independence of audit and auditors is maintained
  • not-for-profit organisations improve their governance arrangements and disclosure
  • disclosure requirements for transactions between related parties arestrengthened
  • ASIC and the Director of Public Prosecutions regularly review their operations to ensure thorough management of law enforcement and prosecutions
  • corporate governance addresses responsibility to employees, the environment and the community and corporate regulation removes impediments to acting in a socially responsible manner

 

Original Paragraph 32:

Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices, the Corporations Act and related legislation to ensure that:

  • performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and consideration of the role of the remuneration consultancy industry in the setting of executive remuneration

  • companies fully disclose the remuneration, including options, termination payments, non- recourse loans and equity value protection schemes, of directors and senior management in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner and are accountable to shareholders

  • companies use their general meetings to appropriately communicate with shareholders

  • shareholders retain the ability to call an extraordinary general meeting of a company and shareholders and institutional investors exercise their voting rights appropriately and regularly

  • appropriate penalties are imposed for breaches of the corporations law, in particular for insider trading and trading while insolvent

  • the election of directors of listed public companies is transparent and direct voting of proxies is encouraged

  • shareholders are informed about the directors’ relationships with the company and other directors when standing for election

  • companies continue to appoint independent directors to the board of directors

  • the independence of audit and auditors is maintained

  • not-for-profit organisations improve their governance arrangements and disclosure

  • disclosure requirements for transactions between related parties are strengthened

  • ASIC and the Director of Public Prosecutions regularly review their operations to ensure thorough management of law enforcement and prosecutions

  • corporate governance addresses responsibility to employees, the environment and the community and corporate regulation removes impediments to acting in a socially responsible manner.




Amendment 228A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 75
Page Number: 30
Mover: Paul Bastian
Seconder: Dave Oliver
Amendment Text:

 

 

Amend paragraph 75 of chapter 2 to read:

“Labor will vigorously oppose any WTO rules or other trade agreements, interpretations or proposals or other trade agreements that would require Australia to privatise its health, education and welfare sectors, undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, reduce government rights to determine the distribution of government funding within these sectors, or which would require us to remove protection of our cultural industries. Labor will oppose attempts to privatise water services under WTO rules. As part of Australia’s forward trade objectives Labor believes that federal, state, territory and local governments should retain the flexibility to implement effective policies to encourage industry development, research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement standards.

Labor will not support the expansion of intellectual property rights, which would extend monopoly patent rights to charge higher prices and would give copyright holders greater rights, at the expense of consumers.”

Original Paragraph 75:

Labor supports current WTO rules that allow all nations to determine for themselves: the appropriate public-private mix in their health, education, water and welfare sectors and the distribution of government funding within these sectors, and to protect their cultural industries and procurement and employment policies.




Amendment 229A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 32
Page Number: 23
Mover: Laura Smyth
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

insert new paragraph 32:

“Labor will eliminate or, where impractical, reduce unintentional incentives which may exist in government policies and programs which would support environmentally harmful activity.”

Original Paragraph 32:

Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices, the Corporations Act and related legislation to ensure that:

  • performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and consideration of the role of the remuneration consultancy industry in the setting of executive remuneration

  • companies fully disclose the remuneration, including options, termination payments, non- recourse loans and equity value protection schemes, of directors and senior management in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner and are accountable to shareholders

  • companies use their general meetings to appropriately communicate with shareholders

  • shareholders retain the ability to call an extraordinary general meeting of a company and shareholders and institutional investors exercise their voting rights appropriately and regularly

  • appropriate penalties are imposed for breaches of the corporations law, in particular for insider trading and trading while insolvent

  • the election of directors of listed public companies is transparent and direct voting of proxies is encouraged

  • shareholders are informed about the directors’ relationships with the company and other directors when standing for election

  • companies continue to appoint independent directors to the board of directors

  • the independence of audit and auditors is maintained

  • not-for-profit organisations improve their governance arrangements and disclosure

  • disclosure requirements for transactions between related parties are strengthened

  • ASIC and the Director of Public Prosecutions regularly review their operations to ensure thorough management of law enforcement and prosecutions

  • corporate governance addresses responsibility to employees, the environment and the community and corporate regulation removes impediments to acting in a socially responsible manner.




Amendment 231A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 68
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Paul Bastian
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 25 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

 

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With the carbon price and Renewable Energy Target, the new Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will drive the biggest expansion in the clean energy sector in Australia’s history, building a critical mass of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions generation projects. In developing clean energy, Labor is creating the next generation of industrial jobs. In keeping with Labor’s commitment to encouraging local content and industry participation in major projects, Labor will apply industry participation plans for grants of more than $20 million made under this program for clean energy grants, consistent with the level of the Government’s current procurement policy. All portfolio transactions of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation exceeding $20 million would require Australian Industry Participation Plans, subject to the consideration of the report of the CEFC Chair. 

 

    

Original Paragraph 25:

With the carbon price and Renewable Energy Target, the new Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will drive the biggest expansion in the clean energy sector in Australia’s history, building a critical mass of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions generation projects. In developing clean energy, Labor is creating the next generation of industrial jobs. In keeping with Labor’s commitment to encouraging local content and industry participation in major projects, Labor will promote industry participation plans for grants of more than $20 million made under this program.




Amendment 232A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 78
Page Number: 30
Mover: Paul Bastian
Seconder: Dave Oliver
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 78 of chapter 2 to read:

“78. Labor recognises that trade is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to promote economic growth in developing countries. We will work to ensure that nations and their communities in our region and throughout the world benefit from open markets and share in global growth. We will promote policies to achieve this in the WTO, through trade agreements, as well as at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization and other international forums.”

Original Paragraph 78:

Labor believes the development assistance Australia provides under the banner of aid-for-trade should be targeted to support developing countries in establishing the skills, infrastructure, regulatory and investment policies that will support sustainable growth in developing countries. We want to deliver practical trade-related capacity building programs that improve the ability of developing nations to export, raise their international competitiveness, and engage with the global economy.




Amendment 234A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 68
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 25 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

With the carbon price and Renewable Energy Target, the new Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will drive the biggest expansion in the clean energy sector in Australia’s history, building a critical mass of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions generation projects. In developing clean energy, Labor is creating the next generation of industrial jobs. In keeping with Labor’s commitment to encouraging local content and industry participation in major projects, Labor will promote industry participation plans for grants of more than $20 million made under this program. The CEFC Board will be highly skilled and reflective of the broader community, drawn from the trade unions, the business and investment community and energy and infrastructure industries.  The composition of the Board will be determined to best meet the requirements of the CEFC mandate and objectives.

 

 

 

Original Paragraph 25:

With the carbon price and Renewable Energy Target, the new Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will drive the biggest expansion in the clean energy sector in Australia’s history, building a critical mass of renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions generation projects. In developing clean energy, Labor is creating the next generation of industrial jobs. In keeping with Labor’s commitment to encouraging local content and industry participation in major projects, Labor will promote industry participation plans for grants of more than $20 million made under this program.




Amendment 235A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 34
Page Number: 69
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 34 of chapter 4 be amended to read: 

Labor will purchase non-Kyoto compliant carbon credits through the Carbon Farming Initiative. This program will create incentives to undertake land-based action such as the storing of soil carbon and revegetation. Credits from these projects can also be sold to companies wanting to offset their carbon pollution to meet voluntary commitments to carbon neutrality. The Carbon Farming Initiative will provide new economic rewards for farmers and landholders that take steps to reduce carbon pollution.

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Labor will continue to facilitate the development of new crediting methods consistent with the carbon farming legislation, including in relation to forestry activities and agricultural practices which are not common practice.

 

Original Paragraph 34:

Labor will purchase non-Kyoto compliant carbon credits through the Carbon Farming Initiative. This program will create incentives to undertake land-based action such as the storing of soil carbon, revegetation and forest conservation. Credits from these projects can also be sold to companies wanting to offset their carbon pollution to meet voluntary commitments to carbon neutrality. The Carbon Farming Initiative will provide new economic rewards for farmers and landholders that take steps to reduce carbon pollution.




Amendment 237A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 34
Page Number: 69
Mover: Rowan Foley
Seconder: Sarah Broadbent
Amendment Text:

That an additional paragraph be added after paragraph 34 of chapter 4:

 

Labor supports Indigenous land producing benefits for Indigenous people.

 

Original Paragraph 34:

Labor will purchase non-Kyoto compliant carbon credits through the Carbon Farming Initiative. This program will create incentives to undertake land-based action such as the storing of soil carbon, revegetation and forest conservation. Credits from these projects can also be sold to companies wanting to offset their carbon pollution to meet voluntary commitments to carbon neutrality. The Carbon Farming Initiative will provide new economic rewards for farmers and landholders that take steps to reduce carbon pollution.




Amendment 238A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 93
Page Number: 76
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 93 of chapter 4 be deleted and replace with: 

Labor will support forest certification which sets best practice, transparent, consistent and objective standards in sustainable forest management, chain of custody and labelling, and promotes adherence to ILO core labour conventions and are managed by organizations with robust governance arrangements.

 

Original Paragraph 93:

Labor will continue to support the Australian Forestry Standard and remains concerned about other international forest certification and related ratings schemes which unduly penalise forestry.


Resolution 241R

Chapter: 1 – Our enduring Labor values
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Stuart Benson
Resolution Text:

Resolution for Chapter 1 

That this Conference recognises that:

- the support and activism of our members is critical to our success as a political party and to the enduring success of the labour movement in winning broad community acceptance of progressive policies;

- members contribute to the development of Labor’s core principles, articulated through our platform; and

- all constituent units of the Party and all elected representatives of the Party have a responsibility to our members to observe the Platform in carrying out their roles.”




Amendment 242A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 59
Page Number: 27
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 59 to read:

“Labor understands that both permanent and temporary skilled migration will play an important role in delivering sustainable economic growth. Labor prefers permanent skilled migration to temporary skilled migration because permanent migrants:

  • provide a stable, effective and targeted source of skilled workers
  • have a greater stake in Australia’s future and in integrating into all aspects of Australian community life
  • are less susceptible to exploitation and more secure in their jobs, so are less likely to generate negative impacts on Australian workers, in terms of wages, employment conditions and job and training opportunities.”  

 

Original Paragraph 59:

Labor understands that both permanent and temporary skilled migration will play an important role in delivering sustainable economic growth. Labor prefers permanent skilled migration to temporary skilled migration because permanent migrants:

  • provide a stable, effective and targeted source of skilled workers

  • have a greater stake in Australia’s future and in integrating into all aspects of Australian community life

  • are less susceptible to exploitation.




Amendment 245A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 41
Page Number: 24
Mover: Doug Cameron
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph 41 and renumber accordingly:

“Labor believes that the MRRT is a significant step to ensuring that all Australians share in the mining boom. Labor notes calls to widen the concept of an RRT into other areas of resource exploitation. Labor also notes that the RRT is a more efficient and equitable tax than royalties which can lead to fewer mines starting up and existing mines struggling due to the immediate application of royalties despite the varying costs of mine establishment and production. A review of the minerals resource rent tax should take place on July 1, 2013 with a view to extending a resource tax to all areas of mineral extraction and exploitation.”

Original Paragraph 41:

We want a better return on the profits made from extracting our resources and a strong, sustainable resource sector for the future. These are non-renewable resources that can only be extracted once. We are working with the resources industry to design and deliver a profits- based resource tax.




Amendment 246A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 94
Page Number: 76
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 94 of chapter 4 be amended to read:

Labor is committed to the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive, adequate and representative forest reserve system through arrangements like the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement, which facilitate the transition of the industry to a more sustainable footing,  increase use of plantations and increase value-adding in the sector.

Original Paragraph 94:

Labor is committed to the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive, adequate and representative forest reserve system, achieved through the ongoing implementation of Regional Forest Agreements.




Amendment 247A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 41
Page Number: 24
Mover: Graeme Kelly
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph after paragraph 41:

“Labor will continue to support efforts to establish an international agreement that would require the tax authorities to share information in relation to individuals and corporations suspected of tax evasion or money laundering.
Labor is committed to supporting the growing global trend of requiring oil, gas and extractive industry companies to report publicly on their revenue, profits and taxes and royalties paid on a country-by-country basis.”

Original Paragraph 41:

We want a better return on the profits made from extracting our resources and a strong, sustainable resource sector for the future. These are non-renewable resources that can only be extracted once. We are working with the resources industry to design and deliver a profits- based resource tax.


Resolution 248R

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Mover: Louise Pratt
Seconder: Sally Talbot
Resolution Text:

This Conference supports the approach taken by the Gillard Labor Government to establish a network of marine parks in Australian Commonwealth waters and recognises the importance of marine sanctuaries both in maintaining the environment and in strengthening and diversifying Australian economy beyond the boom. National Conference supports the Gillard Labor Government’s creation of marine parks as an important part of regional economic development and infrastructure.

 




Amendment 249A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 43
Page Number: 24
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 43:

“Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency. However, the Australia’s Future Tax System Review found that the current rules are not fully effective, and are complex and uncertain. Labor will consider a revised regime to prevent the alienation of personal services income. Labor will ensure effective compliance and enforcement of tax obligations and eradicate loop holes that allow employers and employees to evade tax by the utilisation of arrangements that disguise the true nature of the employment relationship.”

Original Paragraph 43:

Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency.




Amendment 250A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 80
Page Number: 30
Mover: Paul Bastian
Seconder: Dave Oliver
Amendment Text:

 

 Amend paragraph 80 of Chapter 2 to read as follows:

“Labor recognises that economic growth and prosperity arising from increased international trade brings with it the responsibility to promote higher labour and environmental standards for Australia and internationally. Labor will support greater cooperation between the secretariats of the WTO and the ILO on the issue of trade and enforceable labour standards. Labor supports the incorporation of enforceable core labour standards in all international trade agreements. Labor will outlaw the importation into Australia of goods or services produced with forced or prison labour. Labor will work actively through the WTO and other international trade organisations to combat and overcome the scourges of forced, prison or child labour.”

Original Paragraph 80:

Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing economies have not seen the benefits of economic growth equitably. Through the creation of jobs, equitable economic growth can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.




Amendment 251A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 54
Page Number: 26
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 54:

“Labor will continue to adopt a long-term approach when setting annual immigration levels. Australia operates in a global economy with an increasing number of skilled and other workers wishing to migrate to Australia. This means we must continue to work hard to prevent the brain drain of talented Australian employees offshore and develop systems that ensure the best skilled workers who can contribute to national economic development are selected.”

Original Paragraph 54:

Labor will continue to adopt a long-term approach when setting annual immigration levels. Australia operates in a global economy with an increasingly globalised labour market. This means we must continue to work hard to prevent the brain drain of talented Australian employees offshore, and attract and retain skilled workers who can contribute to national economic development.




Amendment 252A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 56
Page Number: 26
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 56:

“Labor’s immigration planning framework will take into account net overseas migration, its positive and negative impacts on employment and training opportunities for Australian residents, demographic trends, and other factors while remaining responsive to current and longer-term economic needs.”

Original Paragraph 56:

Labor’s immigration planning framework will take into account net overseas migration, demographic trends, and other factors while remaining responsive to current and longer-term economic needs.




Amendment 253A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 57
Page Number: 26
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Jamie Newlyn
Amendment Text:

insert a new paragraph 57: 

“Labor will ensure that all Australian jobs and industries are regulated under migration law, consistent with Australia’s international obligations. To this effect, Labor will review the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) with a view to ensuring that the definition of the migration zone encapsulates all offshore Australian jobs and industries where possible.”

Original Paragraph 57:

Labor’s skilled migration policies:

  • will be informed by ongoing consultation with industry, unions, the education sector and state and territory governments

  • should be underpinned by the identification of emerging skill shortages across different sectors and complement domestic training policies to fill those shortages

  • will ensure that, as far as possible, skilled vacancies are filled locally.




Amendment 254A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 60
Page Number: 27
Mover: Dave Noonan
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Amend para 60 to read:

 

The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage an appreciated balance between independent Government-sponsored and employment sponsored migration.  
  • ensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy 
  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction
  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed
  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment.
  • provide information, including on workplace rights and responsibilities, for skilled permanent migrants and their families to welcome them into the Australian community.
Original Paragraph 60:

The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage employer sponsored migration, which is driven by the demand for specific skills

  • ensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy

  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction

  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed

  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment.




Amendment 255A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 24
Mover: Mark Lennon
Seconder: Gerard Dwyer
Amendment Text:

Adding words

Ensure there is a sound revenue base for all levels of government for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services.

Original Paragraph 42:

Future tax reforms will:

  • ensure there is a sound revenue base for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services

  • remove barriers to investment and workforce participation

  • support families

  • boost savings and make superannuation fairer

  • enhance the capacity of Australian business and industry to successfully integrate into the global economy, so Australian companies win places in global supply chains

  • simplify the tax system for individuals and businesses while tackling avoidance activity

  • preserve and enhance a progressive and fair tax system, where all Australians pay their fair share

  • minimise the impact of high effective marginal tax rates, particularly on those moving from welfare to work or the second income earners in low- to middle-income families

  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax and implement measures to curb excessive executive salary payments

  • enhance allocative efficiency by not distorting investment and consumption decisions.




Amendment 256A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 73
Page Number: 113
Mover: Tania Mihailuk
Seconder: Greg McLean
Amendment Text:

Labor is committed to supporting a strong role for public libraries as spaces for community enrichment and learning

Original Paragraph 73:

Labor believes that all Australians, regardless of their background or where they live, should have the opportunity to access higher education. Today’s university students will become the graduates that Australia’s industries and businesses need to compete in the global contest for skilled employees. Australia needs a strong, affordable and accessible higher education system to ensure that we are equipping Australians for the jobs of the future.




Amendment 257A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 45
Page Number: 25
Mover: Leon Carter
Seconder: Geoff Derrick
Amendment Text:

amend paragraph 45:

“A well regulated and comprehensive local banking and finance sector has been of paramount importance to Australia’s capacity to manage the consequences of the GFC. Labor will continue to take steps to promote an Australian finance sector that functions in accessible, affordable and fair manner by ensuring our financial institutions are:

  • regulated appropriately and professionally
  • governed in a transparent and accountable manner
  • staffed by appropriately trained and resourced professionals
  • required to compete ethically and in the interests of all Australians. 
  • operating free of conflicts of interest
  • investing in domestic jobs and skills development.
Original Paragraph 45:

A well regulated and broad based local banking and finance sector has been of paramount importance to Australia’s capacity to manage the consequences of the GFC. Labor will continue to take steps to ensure that Australian financial institutions are:

  • regulated appropriately and professionally

  • governed in a transparent and accountable manner

  • staffed by appropriately trained and resourced professionals

  • required to compete ethically and in the interests of all Australians.




Amendment 258A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 79
Page Number: 30
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 79 of chapter 2 to read:

79. Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing countries have not seen the equitable distribution of the benefits of economic growth. The creation of decent and productive jobs, assists with more equitable economic growth that can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.” 

 

Original Paragraph 79:

Labor recognises that trade is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to promote economic growth in developing countries. We will work to ensure that nations and their communities in our region and throughout the world benefit from open markets and share in global growth. We will promote policies to achieve this in the WTO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization and other international forums.




Amendment 260A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 71
Page Number: 29
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

 Insert the following new paragraph after paragraph 71 of chapter 2 and renumber accordingly:

 “Labor supports the principle of national treatment – that foreign and domestic companies are treated equally under the law. Labor does not support, however, the inclusion of provisions in trade agreements that confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses. Nor does Labor support the inclusion of provisions that would constrain the ability of [word missing] to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters in circumstances where those laws do not discriminate between domestic and foreign businesses. Labor will not ask this of its trading partners in future trade agreements.”  

Original Paragraph 71:

Labor is committed to trade policies that are consistent with Australian values, community views and the interests of developing countries. Labor believes a rules-based system underpinned by core labour standards provides a framework for fairness and equity and is the most effective means to ensure governments around the world do not resort to unsustainable protectionism. Labor will work towards the development of a global trading system for the 21st century that is underpinned by equity and transparency.




Amendment 261A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 74
Page Number: 113
Mover: Tony Burke
Seconder: Narelle Rich
Amendment Text:

Labor acknowledges the importance of community based self-help groups and activities such as Men’s Sheds, University of theThird Age, regional conservatoriums and community bands as forums for lifelong learning and engagement.

Original Paragraph 74:

Labor understands that investment in higher education will drive improvements in productivity and improve Australia’s future economic competitiveness. We are committed to the expansion of a high quality university sector, to educate the graduates needed by an economy based on knowledge, skills and innovation. This approach is essential to enable Australia to participate fully in, and benefit from, the global knowledge economy.




Amendment 262A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 80
Page Number: 30
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 80 of chapter 2 to read as follows:

“80. Labor recognises that increased international trade brings with it the responsibility to promote higher labour and environmental standards for Australia and internationally. Labor will support greater co-operation between the secretariats of the WTO and the ILO on the issue of trade and labour standards. Labor supports and promotes the incorporation of core labour standards, as a minimum, in all international trade agreements. Labor will outlaw the importation into Australia of goods or services produced with forced labour and the worst forms of child labour or prison labour. Labor will work actively through the ILO, WTO, other international trade organisations and the implementing mechanisms of bilateral and regional free trade agreements to combat and overcome the scourges of forced, prison and child labour. “

Original Paragraph 80:

Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing economies have not seen the benefits of economic growth equitably. Through the creation of jobs, equitable economic growth can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.




Amendment 264A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 81
Page Number: 113
Mover: Robyn Hakelis
Seconder: Sue Fletcher
Amendment Text:

Labor supports the potential of flexible delivery and online learning, using technologies and community spaces to create and support access to learning, particularly in regional communities.

Original Paragraph 81:




Amendment 268A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 50
Page Number: 25
Mover: Leon Carter
Seconder: Geoff Derrick
Amendment Text:

paragraph 50 amend:

“Labor promotes a competitive and sustainable banking system for all. Australians are compelled to participate in the finance sector and as such the industry bears national economic and social significance. The industry must provide its products and services transparently and responsibly, balancing the needs of consumers, employees, shareholders and the economy. Our banks are highly profitable compared to their overseas counterparts, and Labor expects them to continue supporting the communities in which they operate.

We have already introduced reforms so consumers get a better deal, and small leaders can put more competitive pressure on the big banks, allowing our financial system to continue to provide a sustainable flow of credit to households and businesses. We believe vigorous competition underpinned by ethical practices, prudent supervision, consumer protection and transparency is the best way to get a better deal for families and create a system that offers real choice. Labor believes that strong prudential supervision and other regulation has greatly benefited both the financial sector and the consumers, and will continue to ensure that important reforms such as the Future of Financial Advice are pursued to the benefit of all Australians. Labor believes all Australians should have access to information about key elements of our financial system. We will ensure our financial regulations continue to publish information about the size, nature and structure of our financial institutions, and work to ensure that information about the levels of prices and fees in the market continues to be available. Financial product and service providers must be required to act in the best interests of their customers and clients at all times. Labor has worked hard to remove conflicted remuneration practices and structures throughout the financial sector and we will continue to work with the industry and unions to ensure more appropriate remuneration systems.”

Original Paragraph 50:

Labor promotes a competitive and sustainable banking system so every Australian gets a fairer go. We are introducing three broad streams of reform so consumers get a better deal, smaller lenders put more competitive pressure on the big banks, and our financial system can continue to provide a sustainable flow of credit to households and businesses. We believe vigorous competition is the best way to keep interest rates for borrowers lower over time and create a system that offers real choice.




Amendment 271A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 82
Page Number: 31
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Paul Bastian
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 82 of Chapter 2 as follows, and insert the following subsequent paragraphs:

82. Labor notes the important role and responsibility we have at the Asian Development Bank and supports the inclusion of enforceable core labour standards in ADB decision-making, including the roles monitoring mechanism at the ADB.

Labor supports the maintenance of anti-dumping measures. Anti-dumping legislation ensures that overseas exporters do not hurt our industry by selling their products in Australia at a lower price than they charge in their home markets.

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers the prospect of more and better jobs through improved access to member countries’ markets for Australian exporting businesses and their employees. Australia’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement must be consistent with the provisions of the National Platform, specifically that it:

  • Does not undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme;
  • Provides for national treatment – that foreign and domestic companies are treated equally under the law – while not conferring greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses;
  • Does not require Australia to remove protection of its cultural industries;
  • Retains the Foreign Investment Review Board and its powers to review foreign investment in the public interest;
  • Retains legitimate quarantine provisions for reducing the risk of imported pests and diseases;
  • Retains the flexibility to encourage industry development including through research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement policies;
  • Contains [enforceable] labour clauses that require signatories to enforce the core international Labour Organisation standards in the ILO conventions; and
  • Contains [enforceable] environmental clauses that require signatories to meet all relevant international environmental standards, including those provided for in applicable UN international environmental agreements.
Original Paragraph 82:

Labor is fully committed to the goal of sustainable development. Labor will work towards the removal of environmentally damaging subsidies, and promote mechanisms that can reconcile the interests of environmental protection and open markets.




Amendment 277A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 40
Page Number: 24
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

insert new paragraph after 42:

“Labor is committed to a fair and sustainable tax system that provides incentives for all Australians to work and undertake productive enterprise while guaranteeing adequate revenue to provide quality public services and ensuring an equitable distribution of income and wealth. Public confidence in Australia’s tax system depends on a simple and transparent tax system where everyone pays their fair share of tax. Labor is implementing important tax reforms to improve competitiveness, boost savings through superannuation, make superannuation fairer, simplify personal tax, reduce barriers to participation and provide better assistance to families. We will also continue the public discussions about further ideas for tax reform.”

Original Paragraph 40:

Labor is committed to a fair and sustainable tax system that provides incentives for all Australians to work and undertake productive enterprise while guaranteeing adequate revenue to provide quality public services. Public confidence in Australia’s tax system depends on a simple and transparent tax system where everyone pays their fair share of tax. Labor is implementing important tax reforms to improve competitiveness, boost savings through superannuation, make superannuation fairer, simplify personal tax, reduce barriers to participation and provide better assistance to families. We will also continue the public discussions about further ideas for tax reform.




Amendment 278A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 24
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

replace paragraph 42:

42. Future tax reforms will:

  •  ensure there is a sound revenue base for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services;
  •  remove barriers to investment and workforce participation;
  •  support families;
  •  boost savings and make superannuation fairer;
  •  enhance the capacity of Australian business and industry to successfully integrate into the global economy, so Australian companies win places in global supply chains, while ensuring that business continues to pay its fair share of tax revenue;
  • simplify the tax system for individuals and businesses while tackling avoidance activity;
  • preserve and enhance a progressive and fair tax system, where all Australians pay their fair share;
  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fairer share of tax;
  • minimise the impact of high effective marginal tax rates, particularly on those moving from welfare to work or the second income earners in low- to middle-income families;
  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax and implement measures to curb excessive executive salary payments;
  • further reduce inconsistencies in the taxation of income from different forms of assets;
  • ensure that the tax system does not make housing less affordable for Australian families;
  • ensure that Australia’s financial stability is preserved and that the potentially harmful effects of excessive short-term financial speculation are minimised;
  • enhance allocative efficiency by not distorting investment and consumption decisions, except where interventions would address market failures and serve environmental or social purposes.
Original Paragraph 42:

Future tax reforms will:

  • ensure there is a sound revenue base for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services

  • remove barriers to investment and workforce participation

  • support families

  • boost savings and make superannuation fairer

  • enhance the capacity of Australian business and industry to successfully integrate into the global economy, so Australian companies win places in global supply chains

  • simplify the tax system for individuals and businesses while tackling avoidance activity

  • preserve and enhance a progressive and fair tax system, where all Australians pay their fair share

  • minimise the impact of high effective marginal tax rates, particularly on those moving from welfare to work or the second income earners in low- to middle-income families

  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax and implement measures to curb excessive executive salary payments

  • enhance allocative efficiency by not distorting investment and consumption decisions.




Amendment 279A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 43
Page Number: 24
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 43 of Chapter 2 to read:

Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency. However, the Australia’s Future Tax System Review found that the current rules are not fully effective, and are complex and uncertain. Labor will consider a revised regime to prevent the alienation of personal services income.

Original Paragraph 43:

Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency.




Amendment 280A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 39
Page Number: 24
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Charlie Donnelly
Amendment Text:

insert new paragraph after paragraph 39

” In addition to the carbon price, complementary measures will be implemented to develop clean energy industries and support households, workers and communities”

Original Paragraph 39:

The compensation package includes tax reform. All taxpayers earning up to $80,000 will get a tax cut under the package. Labor will also increase the tax-free threshold to $18,200. That will mean that up to one million people will no longer have to lodge a tax return.




Amendment 281A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 33
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 9 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor is committed to building strong and dynamic regional communities. Regions play a vital role in Australia’s economy. Labor is investing in regional Australia and in nation-building infrastructure to enable our regions to prosper. Investment in quality government services, local skills development and a high speed National Broadband Network are vital to our region’s economic health. The patchwork nature of our economy also means we must engage the regions. The regions are the patches and by tapping in to their local input, we can make the patches work better. If communities are stronger and more connected at the local level, overall productivity rises at the national level with benefits for regions and the nation.

Original Paragraph 9:

Labor is committed to building strong and dynamic regional communities. Regions play a vital role in Australia’s economy. Labor is investing in regional Australia and in nation-building infrastructure to enable our regions to prosper. Quality government services, local skills development and a high speed National Broadband Network are vital to our region’s economic health. The patchwork nature of our economy also means we must engage the regions. The regions are the patches and by tapping in to their local input, we can make the patches work better. If communities are stronger and more connected at the local level, overall productivity rises at the national level with benefits for regions and the nation.




Amendment 283A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 44
Page Number: 25
Mover: Leon Carter
Seconder: Geoff Derrick
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 44 of chapter 2 to read:

“44. Labor recognises the fundamental importance of a comprehensive, professional, efficient and competitive finance sector in delivering essential services such as banking, insurance and superannuation to the Australian community. The industry;

underpins many business and personal activities through credit and other financial services that form the foundations for economic prosperity and growth

is a growth sector providing significant employment and career opportunities for many Australians.”

Original Paragraph 44:

Labor recognises the fundamental importance of a comprehensive, professional, efficient and competitive finance sector in delivering essential services such as banking, insurance and superannuation to the Australian community. The industry underpins many business activities through credit and other financial services that form the foundations for economic prosperity and growth. A vibrant finance sector provides significant employment and career opportunities for many Australians.




Amendment 285A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 10
Page Number: 33
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

Labor recognises the threat posed by climate change. This is particularly acute in regional Australia and for employees and businesses in agriculture, tourism and related industries such as retail and hospitality. Labor is committed to tackling climate change and ensuring support for regional Australia in responding to the challenge of climate change including drought, increased adverse weather events and environmental degradation. Labor recognises that in protecting our communities, well-resourced and maintained emergency services are necessary.

Original Paragraph 10:

Labor recognises the threat posed by climate change. This is particularly acute in regional Australia and for employees and businesses in agriculture, tourism and related industries such as retail and hospitality. Labor is committed to tackling climate change and ensuring support for regional Australia in responding to the challenge of climate change including drought, increased adverse weather events and environmental degradation.




Amendment 286A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 133
Mover: Karen Atherton
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Amend the paragraph to provide:

Labor recognises the importance of community services in delivering services and in building links between Australians. Community and public services provide essential support to the most disadvantaged in our society. Community and public services meet the direct needs of individuals and create social cohesion incommunities. Labor believes that the development of a highly skilled workforce in community and public services and a strong and sustainable community and public sector is vital to meeting the nation’s social inclusion challenges.        

Original Paragraph 13:

Labor recognises the importance of community services in delivering services and in building links between Australians. Community services provide essential support to the most disadvantaged in our society. Community services meet the direct needs of individuals and create social cohesion in communities. Labor believes that the development of a highly skilled workforce in community services and a strong and sustainable community sector is vital to meeting the nation’s social inclusion challenges.




Amendment 287A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 17
Page Number: 134
Mover: Kate Lundy
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Under the heading “Labor Achievements”:

Change fourth last dot point to ‘Developed a new multicultural strategy and established a new independent advisory body on multiculturalism – the Australian Multicultural Council.’ 

Change third last dot point to ‘Established a National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy, in recognition of the role that an anti-racism strategy can play in protecting a harmonious, multicultural society.’

Add ‘Established an inquiry into responsiveness of Australian Government services to the needs of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.’

Add – Developed a Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program to create sustainable opportunities for youth from new and emerging communities to participate in community sport.

Add – Strengthened the provision of settlement services for new migrants and refugees through the development of a new settlement framework and improved settlement programs.  

Original Paragraph 17:

Labor believes a creative nation is a productive nation. The arts and creative industries are fundamental to Australia’s identity as a society and nation, and increasingly to our success as a national economy. Labor is delivering on election commitments to give more Australians an opportunity to participate in the arts, and develop business and services based on our creative skills and knowledge. Labor will also develop the nation’s first national cultural policy in nearly two decades to build on its proud history of support for the arts in Australia.




Amendment 289A

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Paragraph: 33-85
Page Number: 0
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Joe de Bruyn
Amendment Text:

 

Delete clauses 33-85 and replace with -

Chapter 2: A strong economy for
all Australians

A price on carbon

33.Labor believes reducing carbon pollution is critical to our future economic and environmental health. It is a belief founded squarely on science. We are advised by scientists that the world’s climate is changing and that there will be severe, adverse effects on our nation if the trend continues. No party acting in the public interest can ignore such advice.

34.Labor’s plan for a Clean Energy Future will transform our economy, so that we produce and use energy in a cleaner, smarter way.

35.The plan involves four fundamental initiatives:

  1. introducing a carbon price and using every cent raised to assist households, support jobs and tackle climate change
  2. promoting innovation and investment in renewable energy
  3. encouraging energy efficiency in our homes, offices and factories
  4. creating opportunities on the land to cut pollution and improve productivity, sustainability and resilience.

36.Our plan will ensure the Australian economy remains globally competitive in the years ahead. It will drive investment in clean energy and low pollution technologies, supporting the industries and jobs of the future. It will position us to play a key role in the emerging low-carbon goods and services sector, which is already estimated to be worth about $5 trillion dollars, and to employ 28 million people. Labor understands that delaying this transformation will only lead to higher costs down the track.

37.The core element of our plan is putting a price on carbon pollution from polluters and allowing the market to drive the investment and innovation needed to transform to a global clean energy economy. In addition, complementary measures will be implemented to develop clean energy industries and support households, workers and communities. Alternative policies for reducing our levels of carbon pollution — such as more regulation or taxpayer-funded subsidies will impose much higher costs on the economy. Ultimately, these higher costs will be borne by businesses and households.

38.Labor will provide extensive compensation for those affected by a price on carbon. Nine out of ten households will receive assistance, with almost six million households receiving assistance that meets or exceeds their expected average price impact. Over four million households — almost half of all households — will get assistance that provides a 20 per cent buffer over and above their expected price impact.

39.The compensation package includes tax reform. All taxpayers earning up to $80,000 will get a tax cut under the package. Labor will also increase the tax-free threshold to $18,200. That will mean that up to one million people will no longer have to lodge a tax return.

Improving the tax system

40.Labor is committed to a fair and sustainable tax system that provides incentives for all Australians to work and undertake productive enterprise while guaranteeing adequate revenue to provide quality public services and ensuring an equitable distribution of income and wealth. Public confidence in Australia’s tax system depends on a simple and transparent tax system where everyone pays their fair share of tax. Labor is implementing important tax reforms to improve competitiveness, boost savings through superannuation, make superannuation fairer, simplify personal tax, reduce barriers to participation and provide better assistance to families. We will also continue the public discussions about further ideas for tax reform.

41.We want a better return on the profits made from extracting our resources and a strong, sustainable resource sector for the future. These are non-renewable resources that can only be extracted once. We are working with the resources industry to design and deliver a profits- based resource tax.

42.Future tax reforms will:

  • ensure there is a sound revenue base for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services
  • remove barriers to investment and workforce participation
  • support families
  • boost savings and make superannuation fairer
  • enhance the capacity of Australian business and industry to successfully integrate into the global economy, so Australian companies win places in global supply chains, while ensuring that business continues to pay its fair share of tax revenue
  • simplify the tax system for individuals and businesses while tackling avoidance activity
  • preserve and enhance a progressive and fair tax system, where all Australians pay their fair share
  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax
  • minimise the impact of high effective marginal tax rates, particularly on those moving from welfare to work or the second income earners in low- to middle-income families
  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax and implement measures to curb excessive executive salary payments
  • further reduce inconsistencies in the taxation of income from different forms of assets
  • ensure that the tax system does not make housing less affordable for Australian families
  • ensure that Australia’s financial stability is preserved and that the potentially harmful effects of excessive short-term financial speculation are minimised
  • enhance allocative efficiency by not distorting investment and consumption decisions, except where interventions would address market failures and serve environmental or social purposes.

43.Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency. However, the Australia’s Future Tax System Review found that the current rules are not fully effective, and are complex and uncertain. Labor will consider a revised regime to prevent the alienation of personal services income.

A Professional finance sector

44.Labor recognises the fundamental importance of a comprehensive, professional, efficient and competitive finance sector in delivering essential services such as banking, insurance and superannuation to the Australian community. The industry underpins many business activities through credit and other financial services that form the foundations for economic prosperity and growth. A vibrant finance sector provides significant employment and career opportunities for many Australians.

45.A well regulated and broad based local banking and finance sector has been of paramount importance to Australia’s capacity to manage the consequences of the GFC. Labor will continue to take steps to ensure that Australian financial institutions are:

  • regulated appropriately and professionally
  • governed in a transparent and accountable manner
  • staffed by appropriately trained and resourced professionals
  • required to compete ethically and in the interests of all Australians.

46.It is in the national interest to ensure that Australia’s finance industry has comprehensive local capability to meet the needs of both the domestic and global economies.

47.The strength of our regulatory regime, together with effective competition policy and consumer protections will ensure our finance sector has the best chance to make its full contribution to national wellbeing as well as providing a platform for growth in the export of financial services to our region and the world. We want Australia to become a financial services centre in the region and will continue to undertake the necessary reforms to achieve this. That means we need to foster a professional, efficient, ethical and innovative marketplace for financial products and industry planning and investment in employment, technology and skill development across the sector.

48.Competition between financial markets will promote better outcomes for investors and productivity growth throughout the financial services sector. Labor has made considerable progress in financial market reform. The government recently approved new market integrity rules that will allow for the introduction of competition in financial markets. The government also approved the licence for a new operator to establish a market, subject to a range of pre-conditions.

49.Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices and legislation to ensure that performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and are not excessive, and that companies fully disclose the remuneration of directors and senior management Competitive and sustainable banking system

50.Labor promotes a competitive and sustainable banking system so every Australian gets a fairer go. We are introducing three broad streams of reform so consumers get a better deal, smaller lenders put more competitive pressure on the big banks, and our financial system can continue to provide a sustainable flow of credit to households and businesses. We believe vigorous competition is the best way to keep interest rates for borrowers lower over time and create a system that offers real choice.

51.To support smaller lenders so they can put more competitive pressure on the big banks, we will:

  • build a new pillar in the banking system based on the combined competitive power of our mutual credit unions and building societies
  • confirm the Financial Claims Scheme as a permanent feature of our financial system, to secure critical deposit funding for smaller lenders
  • invest $4 billion to support the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities market that many of our smaller lenders rely on to make cheaper loans
  • accelerate a ‘bullet bond’ structure for Residential Mortgage Backed Securities issuance to strengthen and diversify funding for smaller lenders.

52.To secure the long-term safety and sustainability of our financial system, we will:

  • allow all banks, credit unions and building societies to issue covered bonds to broaden access to cheaper, more stable and longer-term funding, and harness our national superannuation savings to domestically fund more productive investment in our economy
  • develop a deep and liquid corporate bond market and reduce our reliance on offshore wholesale funding market through the trading of Commonwealth Government Securities on a securities exchange.

53.These reforms build on our decisive action during the GFC to secure our financial system and preserve the competitive foundations of Australia’s banking sector. We worked hard to help smaller lenders compete with the big banks by supporting their access to vital funding sources through our deposit and wholesale funding guarantees and $16 billion investment in AAA-rated Residential Mortgage Backed Securities. We have also introduced tough new laws to crack down on unfair mortgage exit fees — so customers can seek out a better deal. A competitive and sustainable banking system is central to our broad economic agenda, and continues our record of strong and responsible economic management.

Skilled migration

54.Labor will continue to adopt a long-term approach when setting annual immigration levels. Australia operates in a global economy with an increasingly globalised labour market. This means we must continue to work hard to prevent the brain drain of talented Australian employees offshore, and attract and retain skilled workers who can contribute to national economic development.

55.Labor is committed to a range of polices to lift workforce participation and the qualification level of the workforce in response to an ageing population and the demand for higher levels of skill and mobility. We recognise that falling workforce participation could pose a serious capacity constraint on our economic growth, and we are committed to using Australia’s skilled migration program as an important part of the policy response to this challenge.

56.Labor’s immigration planning framework will take into account net overseas migration, demographic trends, and other factors while remaining responsive to current and longer-term economic needs.

57.Labor’s skilled migration policies:

  • will be informed by ongoing consultation with industry, unions, the education sector and state and territory governments
  • should be underpinned by the identification of emerging skill shortages across different sectors and complement domestic training policies to fill those shortages
  • will ensure that, as far as possible, skilled vacancies are filled locally.

58.Labor will administer a skilled migration program that:

  • Supplements domestic training policies in targeting skills shortages that cannot be filled locally
  • balances the temporary and permanent skilled visa programs, recognising the increasing numbers of permanent visas granted onshore
  • is demand driven, with greater emphasis on attracting migrants into jobs where there are demonstrated skills shortages
  • recognises the different skill needs that exist across and within states and territories and metropolitan and regional and rural communities
  • allows Australia to compete internationally for skilled labour
  • has the necessary tests, checks, and resources to ensure the integrity of the system and recognise the primary right of Australian workers to Australian jobs
  • protects temporary overseas skilled workers from exploitation.

59.Labor understands that both permanent and temporary skilled migration will play an important role in delivering sustainable economic growth. Labor prefers permanent skilled migration to temporary skilled migration because permanent migrants:

  • provide a stable, effective and targeted source of skilled workers
  • have a greater stake in Australia’s future and in integrating into all aspects of Australian community life
  • are less susceptible to exploitation.

60.The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage both independent and employer sponsored migrationensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy
  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction
  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed
  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment.

61.The temporary skilled migration program should:

  • only be used to fill short-term skill shortages that cannot be met locally
  • ensure overseas workers are provided with genuine market rates and conditions equal to those received by equivalent Australian workers in their industry or occupation be based on a rigorous system of labour market testing to ensure that employers have made all possible efforts to fill positions locally
  • require employers accessing overseas workers to make, as a condition of use of such workers, a commensurate investment in training of local workers, including through apprenticeships
  • include a targeted monitoring program that recognises the risks of exploitation across different employers, occupations and sectors and imposes effective sanctions on those who breach the law
  • ensure that workers, if dismissed from their employment, are able to remain in Australia while any challenge to the dismissal is before Fair Work Australia or the courts, to make workers less vulnerable to exploitation
  • provide quick processing of visas to employers who have a record of compliance
  • provide the relevant external agencies with the information to effectively regulate overseas workers, including work safety and industrial relations agencies
  • ensure that overseas workers have the relevant qualifications for the trade or profession
  • ensure that local labour market needs are met through Registered Employment Authorities, which will include representatives from industry and unions. The Registered Employment Authorities will:
  • ensure the scheme is more transparent and will provide advice in higher risk cases on whether applications are consistent with the objectives of the program
  • provide a benefit to Australia and reflect local labour market needs
  • ensure the occupations where skills shortages exist will be identified on a regular basis
  • ensure that the children of temporary migrants have access to education.

62.Labor recognises that increasing numbers of permanent visas are granted to temporary visa holders already either working or studying in Australia. These permanent migrants have made the choice to stay and live in Australia and in many cases are already in employment. Recognising that a transition to permanent residency status helps move an individual overseas worker onto a more secure footing, where possible, Labor will align the permanent and temporary migration programs to facilitate the conversion of temporary visa holders on to permanent visas and citizenship. Employers will be encouraged to sponsor temporary visa holders for permanent residency where the visa holders are working under successful arrangements and have skills that correspond with those needed in the economy and Australia’s migration priorities. However any such transition to permanent residency status should not be automatic. It should be underpinned by a rigorous process of labour market testing to ensure that labour market conditions used to justify the granting of the original temporary visa are still valid.

63.Labor will ensure that all Australian employment and industries are regulated under Australian law, including those located on the landward side of the outer limits of the territorial sea of Australia, in the Exclusive Economic Zone, or in the waters above the continental shelf.  To this effect, Labor will review the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) with a view to ensuring that the definition of the “Migration Zone” encapsulates all offshore Australian employment and industries.

International competitiveness and trade policy

64.Labor will secure a solid foundation for Australia’s future economic prosperity by ensuring we have the domestic policy settings to compete on the global stage. Labor recognises that Australia’s trade success depends on its international competitiveness and that trade policy is integrally linked to our domestic economic performance. Labor is committed to boosting Australia’s international competitiveness by:

  • rebuilding the skills of our workforce—the skills relevant to Australian export industries
  • lifting our innovation, research and development performance
  • developing the skills of the future by investing in education and training
  • building Australia’s national infrastructure and removing structural impediments to trade
  • improving the effectiveness of our trade and investment promotion efforts
  • better coordinating federal and state government efforts on trade and investment promotion
  • rebuilding Australia’s export culture.

65.Labor is committed to the primacy of the multilateral trading system and to the principles of multilateralism in trade policy. We support the rules-based system and the machinery of trade reform underpinned by the World Trade Organization. Labor is committed to the peaceful resolution of trade disputes in the WTO, including through a system of transparent, fair and enforceable rules.

66.Australia is committed to building on its long record as an advocate for an open global trading system, because reducing global trade barriers boosts our economic growth, creates more competitive industries and benefits consumers. More trade is a pathway to a high-skill, high- wage future for working Australians. While acknowledging the benefits of global trade, Labor recognises that particularly in the short-term adjustment support is needed for some sectors and workers.

67.Labor is committed to ensuring that the benefits of global economic growth are shared—both within Australia and between countries. Australia has directly benefited from our history of trade liberalisation, with those benefits enhanced by domestic measures to address the economic, social and regional effects of structural change in our economy.

68.Labor will work to:

  • secure a successful conclusion to the Doha Round of world trade talks. Labor will continue to work for an outcome that brings greater certainty to the international trading system and makes real progress for free trade, especially for developing economies
  • provide leadership to the Cairns Group, established by Labor in 1986, in reducing world agricultural subsidies and protection
  • secure substantial reductions in industrial tariffs in other markets and substantial new market openings overseas for Australia’s fast-growing services export sector.

69.Australia’s economic future lies principally with the Asia–Pacific region. Over half of our trade is with nations in the Asia–Pacific. We want to build on these relationships. Labor supports trade and investment liberalisation through the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. APEC, established by Labor in 1989, is pivotal to increasing trade and investment in our region. Labor will ensure APEC is a driver of economic integration in our region and will take an active and strategic approach to its long-term role in the region’s economic architecture. Labor believes APEC has a key role to play in promoting economic reform behind the border throughout the Asia–Pacific region and will promote efforts in this area. Labor will also endeavour to strengthen the APEC forum’s role in mobilising support for the Doha Round.

70.We will pursue our trading interests in other important markets, including in Europe and the US, and seize opportunities in emerging economies around the globe. Labor recognises the growing importance of China and India as markets for Australian exports, including our services. We believe we must diversify our export base to China and India and develop export policies to compete effectively.

71.Labor is committed to trade policies that are consistent with Australian values, community views and the interests of developing countries. Labor believes a rules-based system underpinned by core labour standards provides a framework for fairness and equity and is the most effective means to ensure governments around the world do not resort to unsustainable protectionism. Labor will work towards the development of a global trading system for the 21st century that is underpinned by equity and transparency.

72.Labor is committed to comprehensive bilateral free trade agreements where they support Australia’s national economic interests and support the multilateral trading system. Labor will also pursue Free Trade Agreements that are consistent with our national social and economic objectives.

73.Labor supports the principle of national treatment – that foreign and domestic companies are treated equally under the law. Labour does not support, however, the inclusion of provisions in trade agreements that confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses. Nor does Labor support the inclusion of provisions that would constrain the ability of to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters or provisions that may prevent government taking into account social and environmental practices when making procurement decisions in circumstances where those laws do not discriminate between domestic and foreign businesses. Labor will not ask this of its trading partners in future trade agreements.

74.Labor is committed to ensuring regional and bilateral agreements reinforce and support the multilateral trading system. Labor will support regional approaches to trade reform wherever possible, consistent with those principles.

75.Labor is committed to sustaining a new depth of transparency into the process of entering trade agreements, by providing full community consultation prior to entering into new trade agreements. Labor will:

  • ensure that on commencing negotiations for bilateral or regional FTAs, a document is tabled in both houses of parliament setting our priorities and objectives, including independent assessments of the costs and benefits of any proposals that may be negotiated. This assessment should consider the economic, employment, regional, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental impacts that are expected to arise
  • during trade negotiations, draft texts, proposals and requests will be made available for public review and comment
  • ensure that once the negotiation proposal is complete, a package will be tabled including the proposed treaty together with any legislation required to implement the treaty domestically
  • ensure the positions that a Labor Government takes at the WTO and developments within the WTO are regularly reported to parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • ensure that all Australian submissions and relevant materials to FTAs and the WTO are made public unless there are genuine commercial-in-confidence reasons, or disclosure will damage our national interest
  • review all existing government consultative mechanisms and reconstituting them to ensure they are representative of business, unions, environmental and community interests
  • review the composition of delegations to WTO ministerial meetings, so that they include appropriate representation from business, small business, unions and non-government organisations
  • advance rule changes within the WTO to ensure immediate publication of dispute settlement decisions, together with a short, plain language explanation of the decision.

76.Labor supports current WTO rules that allow all nations to determine for themselves: the appropriate public–private mix in their health, education, water and welfare sectors and the distribution of government funding within these sectors, and to protect their cultural industries and procurement and employment policies.

77.Labor will vigorously oppose any WTO rules, interpretations or proposals that would require Australia to privatise its health, education and welfare sectors, reduce government rights to determine the distribution of government funding within these sectors, or which would require us to remove protection of our cultural industries. Labor will oppose attempts to privatise water services under WTO rules. As part of Australia’s forward trade objectives Labor believes that federal, state, territory and local governments should retain the flexibility to implement effective policies to encourage industry development, research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement standards.

78.Labor will not allow trade agreements to limit the capacity of the government to determine immigration policies that promote education and training, permanent rather than temporary migration, local employment and fair employment standards. Labor will ensure that future trade agreements do not prevent Australia effectively regulating temporary migration. Labor will ensure trade agreements promote the recruitment of local labour, and protect the wages and conditions of local workers.

79.Labor believes the development assistance Australia provides under the banner of aid-for-trade should be targeted to support developing countries in establishing the skills, infrastructure, regulatory and investment policies that will support sustainable growth in developing countries. We want to deliver practical trade-related capacity building programs that improve the ability of developing nations to export, raise their international competitiveness, and engage with the global economy.

80.Labor recognises that trade is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to promote economic growth in developing countries. We will work to ensure that nations and their communities in our region and throughout the world benefit from open markets and share in global growth. We will promote policies to achieve this in the WTO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization and other international forums.

81.Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing countries have not seen the equitable distribution of the benefits of economic growth. The creation of decent and productive jobs assists with more equitable economic growth that can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.

82.Labor recognises that increased international trade brings with it the responsibility to promote higher labour and environmental standards for Australia and internationally. Labor will support greater cooperation between the secretariats of the WTO and the ILO on the issue of trade and labour standards. Labor supports and promotes the incorporation of core labour standards, as a minimum, in all international trade agreements. Labor will outlaw the importation into Australia of goods or services produced with forced labour and the worst forms of child labour or prison labour. Labor will work actively through the ILO, WTO and other international trade organisations and the implementing mechanisms of bilateral and regional free trade agreements to combat and overcome the scourges of forced, prison and child labour.

83.Labor is fully committed to the goal of sustainable development. Labor will work towards the removal of environmentally damaging subsidies, and promote mechanisms that can reconcile the interests of environmental protection and open markets.

84.Labor notes the important role and responsibility we have at the Asian Development Bank and supports the inclusion of core labour standards in ADB decision-making, including the roles monitoring mechanism at the ADB.

85.Labor supports the maintenance of anti-dumping measures. Anti-dumping legislation ensures that overseas exporters do not hurt our industry by selling their products in Australia at a lower price than they charge in their home markets.

 

 

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33

Labor believes reducing carbon pollution is critical to our future economic and environmental health. It is a belief founded squarely on science. We are advised by scientists that the world’s climate is changing and that there will be severe, adverse effects on our nation if the trend continues. No party acting in the public interest can ignore such advice.

34

Labor’s plan for a Clean Energy Future will transform our economy, so that we produce and use energy in a cleaner, smarter way.

35

The plan involves four fundamental initiatives:

  • introducing a carbon price and using every cent raised to assist households, support jobs and tackle climate change

  • promoting innovation and investment in renewable energy

  • encouraging energy efficiency in our homes, offices and factories

  • creating opportunities on the land to cut pollution and improve productivity, sustainability and resilience.

36

Our plan will ensure the Australian economy remains globally competitive in the years ahead. It will drive investment in clean energy and low pollution technologies, supporting the industries and jobs of the future. It will position us to play a key role in the emerging low-carbon goods and services sector, which is already estimated to be worth about $5 trillion dollars, and to employ 28 million people. Labor understands that delaying this transformation will only lead to higher costs down the track.

37

The core element of our plan is putting a price on carbon pollution from polluters and allowing the market to drive the investment and innovation needed to transform to a global clean energy economy. Alternative policies for reducing our levels of carbon pollution – such as more regulation or taxpayer-funded subsidies will impose much higher costs on the economy. Ultimately, these higher costs will be borne by businesses and households.

38

Labor will provide extensive compensation for those affected by a price on carbon. Nine out of ten households will receive assistance, with almost six million households receiving assistance that meets or exceeds their expected average price impact. Over four million households – almost half of all households – will get assistance that provides a 20 per cent buffer over and above their expected price impact.

39

The compensation package includes tax reform. All taxpayers earning up to $80,000 will get a tax cut under the package. Labor will also increase the tax-free threshold to $18,200. That will mean that up to one million people will no longer have to lodge a tax return.

40

Labor is committed to a fair and sustainable tax system that provides incentives for all Australians to work and undertake productive enterprise while guaranteeing adequate revenue to provide quality public services. Public confidence in Australia’s tax system depends on a simple and transparent tax system where everyone pays their fair share of tax. Labor is implementing important tax reforms to improve competitiveness, boost savings through superannuation, make superannuation fairer, simplify personal tax, reduce barriers to participation and provide better assistance to families. We will also continue the public discussions about further ideas for tax reform.

41

We want a better return on the profits made from extracting our resources and a strong, sustainable resource sector for the future. These are non-renewable resources that can only be extracted once. We are working with the resources industry to design and deliver a profits- based resource tax.

42

Future tax reforms will:

  • ensure there is a sound revenue base for investing in social and economic infrastructure and quality public services

  • remove barriers to investment and workforce participation

  • support families

  • boost savings and make superannuation fairer

  • enhance the capacity of Australian business and industry to successfully integrate into the global economy, so Australian companies win places in global supply chains

  • simplify the tax system for individuals and businesses while tackling avoidance activity

  • preserve and enhance a progressive and fair tax system, where all Australians pay their fair share

  • minimise the impact of high effective marginal tax rates, particularly on those moving from welfare to work or the second income earners in low- to middle-income families

  • ensure that executives and the wealthy pay a fair share of tax and implement measures to curb excessive executive salary payments

  • enhance allocative efficiency by not distorting investment and consumption decisions.

43

Labor supports the principles behind the alienation of personal services income tax rules and will apply these principles with consistency and transparency.

44

Labor recognises the fundamental importance of a comprehensive, professional, efficient and competitive finance sector in delivering essential services such as banking, insurance and superannuation to the Australian community. The industry underpins many business activities through credit and other financial services that form the foundations for economic prosperity and growth. A vibrant finance sector provides significant employment and career opportunities for many Australians.

45

A well regulated and broad based local banking and finance sector has been of paramount importance to Australia’s capacity to manage the consequences of the GFC. Labor will continue to take steps to ensure that Australian financial institutions are:

  • regulated appropriately and professionally

  • governed in a transparent and accountable manner

  • staffed by appropriately trained and resourced professionals

  • required to compete ethically and in the interests of all Australians.

46

It is in the national interest to ensure that Australia’s finance industry has comprehensive local capability to meet the needs of both the domestic and global economies.

47

The strength of our regulatory regime, together with effective competition policy and consumer protections will ensure our finance sector has the best chance to make its full contribution to national wellbeing as well as providing a platform for growth in the export of financial services to our region and the world. We want Australia to become a financial services centre in the region and will continue to undertake the necessary reforms to achieve this. That means we need to foster a professional, efficient, ethical and innovative marketplace for financial products and industry planning and investment in employment, technology and skill development across the sector.

48

Competition between financial markets will promote better outcomes for investors and productivity growth throughout the financial services sector. Labor has made considerable progress in financial market reform. The government recently approved new market integrity rules that will allow for the introduction of competition in financial markets. The government also approved the licence for a new operator to establish a market, subject to a range of pre-conditions.

49

Labor will continue to improve corporate governance practices and legislation to ensure that performance-based executive remuneration arrangements are genuinely linked to long-term performance and are not excessive, and that companies fully disclose the remuneration of directors and senior management Competitive and sustainable banking system

50

Labor promotes a competitive and sustainable banking system so every Australian gets a fairer go. We are introducing three broad streams of reform so consumers get a better deal, smaller lenders put more competitive pressure on the big banks, and our financial system can continue to provide a sustainable flow of credit to households and businesses. We believe vigorous competition is the best way to keep interest rates for borrowers lower over time and create a system that offers real choice.

51

To support smaller lenders so they can put more competitive pressure on the big banks, we will:

  • build a new pillar in the banking system based on the combined competitive power of our mutual credit unions and building societies

  • confirm the Financial Claims Scheme as a permanent feature of our financial system, to secure critical deposit funding for smaller lenders

  • invest $4 billion to support the Residential Mortgage Backed Securities market that many of our smaller lenders rely on to make cheaper loans

  • accelerate a €˜bullet bond’ structure for Residential Mortgage Backed Securities issuance to strengthen and diversify funding for smaller lenders.

52

To secure the long-term safety and sustainability of our financial system, we will:

  • allow all banks, credit unions and building societies to issue covered bonds to broaden access to cheaper, more stable and longer-term funding, and harness our national superannuation savings to domestically fund more productive investment in our economy

  • develop a deep and liquid corporate bond market and reduce our reliance on offshore wholesale funding market through the trading of Commonwealth Government Securities on a securities exchange.

53

These reforms build on our decisive action during the GFC to secure our financial system and preserve the competitive foundations of Australia’s banking sector. We worked hard to help smaller lenders compete with the big banks by supporting their access to vital funding sources through our deposit and wholesale funding guarantees and $16 billion investment in AAA-rated Residential Mortgage Backed Securities. We have also introduced tough new laws to crack down on unfair mortgage exit fees – so customers can seek out a better deal. A competitive and sustainable banking system is central to our broad economic agenda, and continues our record of strong and responsible economic management.

54

Labor will continue to adopt a long-term approach when setting annual immigration levels. Australia operates in a global economy with an increasingly globalised labour market. This means we must continue to work hard to prevent the brain drain of talented Australian employees offshore, and attract and retain skilled workers who can contribute to national economic development.

55

Labor is committed to a range of polices to lift workforce participation and the qualification level of the workforce in response to an ageing population and the demand for higher levels of skill and mobility. We recognise that falling workforce participation could pose a serious capacity constraint on our economic growth, and we are committed to using Australia’s skilled migration program as an important part of the policy response to this challenge.

56

Labor’s immigration planning framework will take into account net overseas migration, demographic trends, and other factors while remaining responsive to current and longer-term economic needs.

57

Labor’s skilled migration policies:

  • will be informed by ongoing consultation with industry, unions, the education sector and state and territory governments

  • should be underpinned by the identification of emerging skill shortages across different sectors and complement domestic training policies to fill those shortages

  • will ensure that, as far as possible, skilled vacancies are filled locally.

58

Labor will administer a skilled migration program that:

  • complements domestic training policies in targeting skills shortages that cannot be filled locally

  • balances the temporary and permanent skilled visa programs, recognising the increasing numbers of permanent visas granted onshore

  • is demand driven, with greater emphasis on migrants sponsored by employers into jobs where there are demonstrated skills shortages

  • recognises the different skill needs that exist across and within states and territories and metropolitan and regional and rural communities

  • allows Australia to compete internationally for skilled labour

  • has the necessary tests and checks to ensure the integrity of the system

  • protects temporary overseas skilled workers from exploitation.

59

Labor understands that both permanent and temporary skilled migration will play an important role in delivering sustainable economic growth. Labor prefers permanent skilled migration to temporary skilled migration because permanent migrants:

  • provide a stable, effective and targeted source of skilled workers

  • have a greater stake in Australia’s future and in integrating into all aspects of Australian community life

  • are less susceptible to exploitation.

60

The permanent skilled migration program should:

  • encourage employer sponsored migration, which is driven by the demand for specific skills

  • ensure that non-sponsored skilled migration is targeted on skills in critical need in the economy

  • provide state and territory governments with the capacity to address the skill shortages in their jurisdiction

  • have the necessary checks to ensure that migrants have the competencies and qualifications claimed

  • recognise the importance of English language skills in finding skilled employment.

61

The temporary skilled migration program should:

  • only be used to fill short-term skill shortages that cannot be met locally

  • ensure overseas workers are provided the same wages and conditions as Australian workers to prevent the undermining of those entitlements

  • require employers accessing overseas workers to make, as a condition of use of such workers, a commensurate investment in training of local workers, including through apprenticeships

  • include a targeted monitoring program that recognises the risks of exploitation across different employers, occupations and sectors and imposes effective sanctions on those who breach the law

  • ensure that workers, if dismissed from their employment, are able to remain in Australia while any challenge to the dismissal is before Fair Work Australia or the courts, to make workers less vulnerable to exploitation

  • provide quick processing of visas to employers who have a record of compliance

  • provide the relevant external agencies with the information to effectively regulate overseas workers, including work safety and industrial relations agencies

  • ensure that overseas workers have the relevant qualifications for the trade or profession

  • ensure that local labour market needs are met through Registered Employment Authorities, which will include representatives from industry and unions.

62

The Registered Employment Authorities will:

  • ensure the scheme is more transparent and will provide advice in higher risk cases on whether applications are consistent with the objectives of the program

  • provide a benefit to Australia and reflect local labour market needs

  • ensure the occupations where skills shortages exist will be identified on a regular basis

  • ensure that the children of temporary migrants have access to education.

63

Labor recognises that increasing numbers of permanent visas are granted to temporary visa holders already either working or studying in Australia. These permanent migrants have made the choice to stay and live in Australia and in many cases are already in employment. Wherever possible, Labor will align the permanent and temporary migration programs to facilitate the conversion of temporary visa holders on to permanent visas and citizenship. Employers will be encouraged to sponsor temporary visa holders for permanent residency where the visa holders are working under successful arrangements and have skills that correspond with those needed in the economy and Australia’s migration priorities.

64

Labor will secure a solid foundation for Australia’s future economic prosperity by ensuring we have the domestic policy settings to compete on the global stage. Labor recognises that Australia’s trade success depends on its international competitiveness and that trade policy is integrally linked to our domestic economic performance. Labor is committed to boosting Australia’s international competitiveness by:

  • rebuilding the skills of our workforce – the skills relevant to Australian export industries

  • lifting our innovation, research and development performance

  • developing the skills of the future by investing in education and training

  • building Australia’s national infrastructure and removing structural impediments to trade

  • improving the effectiveness of our trade and investment promotion efforts

  • better coordinating federal and state government efforts on trade and investment promotion

  • rebuilding Australia’s export culture.

65

Labor is committed to the primacy of the multilateral trading system and to the principles of multilateralism in trade policy. We support the rules-based system and the machinery of trade reform underpinned by the World Trade Organization. Labor is committed to the peaceful resolution of trade disputes in the WTO, including through a system of transparent, fair and enforceable rules.

66

Australia is committed to building on its long record as an advocate for an open global trading system, because reducing global trade barriers boosts our economic growth, creates more competitive industries and benefits consumers. More trade is a pathway to a high-skill, high- wage future for working Australians.

67

Labor is committed to ensuring that the benefits of global economic growth are shared – both within Australia and between countries. Australia has directly benefited from our history of trade liberalisation, with those benefits enhanced by domestic measures to address the economic, social and regional effects of structural change in our economy.

68

Labor will work to:

  • secure a successful conclusion to the Doha Round of world trade talks. Labor will continue to work for an outcome that brings greater certainty to the international trading system and makes real progress for free trade, especially for developing economies

  • provide leadership to the Cairns Group, established by Labor in 1986, in reducing world agricultural subsidies and protection

  • secure substantial reductions in industrial tariffs in other markets and substantial new market openings overseas for Australia’s fast-growing services export sector.

69

Australia’s economic future lies principally with the Asia-Pacific region. Over half of our trade is with nations in the Asia-Pacific. We want to build on these relationships. Labor supports trade and investment liberalisation through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. APEC, established by Labor in 1989, is pivotal to increasing trade and investment in our region. Labor will ensure APEC is a driver of economic integration in our region and will take an active and strategic approach to its long-term role in the region’s economic architecture. Labor believes APEC has a key role to play in promoting economic reform behind the border throughout the Asia-Pacific region and will promote efforts in this area. Labor will also endeavour to strengthen the APEC forum’s role in mobilising support for the Doha Round.

70

We will pursue our trading interests in other important markets, including in Europe and the US, and seize opportunities in emerging economies around the globe. Labor recognises the growing importance of China and India as markets for Australian exports, including our services. We believe we must diversify our export base to China and India and develop export policies to compete effectively.

71

Labor is committed to trade policies that are consistent with Australian values, community views and the interests of developing countries. Labor believes a rules-based system underpinned by core labour standards provides a framework for fairness and equity and is the most effective means to ensure governments around the world do not resort to unsustainable protectionism. Labor will work towards the development of a global trading system for the 21st century that is underpinned by equity and transparency.

72

Labor is committed to comprehensive bilateral free trade agreements where they support Australia’s national economic interests and support the multilateral trading system. Labor will also pursue Free Trade Agreements that are consistent with our national social and economic objectives.

73

Labor is committed to ensuring regional and bilateral agreements reinforce and support the multilateral trading system. Labor will support regional approaches to trade reform wherever possible, consistent with those principles.

74

Labor is committed to sustaining a new depth of transparency into the process of entering trade agreements, by providing full community consultation prior to entering into new trade agreements. Labor will:

  • ensure that on commencing negotiations for bilateral or regional FTAs, a document is tabled in both houses of parliament setting our priorities and objectives, including independent assessments of the costs and benefits of any proposals that may be negotiated. This assessment should consider the economic, employment, regional, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental impacts that are expected to arise

  • ensure that once the negotiation proposal is complete, a package will be tabled including the proposed treaty together with any legislation required to implement the treaty domestically

  • ensure the positions that a Labor Government takes at the WTO and developments within the WTO are regularly reported to parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

  • ensure that all Australian submissions and relevant materials to FTAs and the WTO are made public unless there are genuine commercial-in-confidence reasons, or disclosure will damage our national interest

  • review all existing government consultative mechanisms and reconstituting them to ensure they are representative of business, unions, environmental and community interests

  • review the composition of delegations to WTO ministerial meetings, so that they include appropriate representation from business, small business, unions and non-government organisations

  • advance rule changes within the WTO to ensure immediate publication of dispute settlement decisions, together with a short, plain language explanation of the decision.

75

Labor supports current WTO rules that allow all nations to determine for themselves: the appropriate public-private mix in their health, education, water and welfare sectors and the distribution of government funding within these sectors, and to protect their cultural industries and procurement and employment policies.

76

Labor will vigorously oppose any WTO rules, interpretations or proposals that would require Australia to privatise its health, education and welfare sectors, reduce government rights to determine the distribution of government funding within these sectors, or which would require us to remove protection of our cultural industries. Labor will oppose attempts to privatise water services under WTO rules. As part of Australia’s forward trade objectives Labor believes that federal, state, territory and local governments should retain the flexibility to implement effective policies to encourage industry development, research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement standards.

77

Labor will not allow trade agreements to limit the capacity of the government to determine immigration policies that promote education and training, permanent rather than temporary migration, local employment and fair employment standards. Labor will ensure that future trade agreements do not prevent Australia effectively regulating temporary migration. Labor will ensure trade agreements promote the recruitment of local labour, and protect the wages and conditions of local workers.

78

Labor believes the development assistance Australia provides under the banner of aid-for-trade should be targeted to support developing countries in establishing the skills, infrastructure, regulatory and investment policies that will support sustainable growth in developing countries. We want to deliver practical trade-related capacity building programs that improve the ability of developing nations to export, raise their international competitiveness, and engage with the global economy.

79

Labor recognises that trade is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to promote economic growth in developing countries. We will work to ensure that nations and their communities in our region and throughout the world benefit from open markets and share in global growth. We will promote policies to achieve this in the WTO, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization and other international forums.

80

Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing economies have not seen the benefits of economic growth equitably. Through the creation of jobs, equitable economic growth can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.

81

Labor recognises that economic growth and prosperity arising from increased international trade brings with it the responsibility to promote higher labour and environmental standards for Australia and internationally. Labor will support greater cooperation between the secretariats of the WTO and the ILO on the issue of trade and labour standards. Labor supports the incorporation of core labour standards in all international trade agreements. Labor will outlaw the importation into Australia of goods or services produced with forced or prison labour. Labor will work actively through the WTO and other international trade organisations to combat and overcome the scourges of forced, prison or child labour.

82

Labor is fully committed to the goal of sustainable development. Labor will work towards the removal of environmentally damaging subsidies, and promote mechanisms that can reconcile the interests of environmental protection and open markets.

83

Labor notes the important role and responsibility we have at the Asian Development Bank and supports the inclusion of core labour standards in ADB decision-making, including the roles monitoring mechanism at the ADB.




Amendment 290A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 38
Mover: Laura Smyth
Seconder: Doug Cameron
Amendment Text:

 That paragraph 25 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor will continue to facilitate the development of nationally significant infrastructure using the most appropriate financing instruments. It will continue to be necessary for some infrastructure to be jointly procured by government and the private sector. Labor believes government has a key role to play in infrastructure financing and provision, and also in providing the forward planning of projects for well-managed private sector investment, and a framework through which superannuation funds can make long-term infrastructure investment. Labor will work in partnership with the private sector in the provision of infrastructure and services where this represents good value to the Australian community.  

Original Paragraph 25:

Labor will continue to facilitate the development of nationally significant infrastructure using the most appropriate financing instruments. It will continue to be necessary for some infrastructure to be jointly procured by government and the private sector. Labor believes government has a key role to play in infrastructure financing and provision providing the forward planning of projects for well-managed private sector investment, and a framework through which superannuation funds can make long-term infrastructure investment. Labor will work in partnership with the private sector in the provision of infrastructure and services where this represents good value to the Australian community.




Amendment 291A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 26
Page Number: 38
Mover: Lisa Chesters
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 26 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor recognises that Public Private Partnerships have a legitimate role to play in financing infrastructure. Labor believes that PPP policy and guidelines should be nationally consistent and provide for best practice infrastructure provision, and best practice employment standards. Labor recognises that PPPs will not be the most suitable funding mechanism for many infrastructure projects and that risk should be considered on a case by case basis. Labor believes PPPs should only be used where they represent value for money, and that risk should be allocated to the party best able to manage it. Regardless of the source of capital, Labor will ensure that its fair employment principles extend to the builders and operators of projects built using PPPs

Original Paragraph 26:

Labor recognises that Public Private Partnerships have a legitimate role to play in financing infrastructure. Labor believes that PPP policy and guidelines should be nationally consistent and provide for best practice infrastructure provision, and best practice employment standards. Labor recognises that PPPs will not be the most suitable funding mechanism for many infrastructure projects and that risk should be considered on a case by case basis. Labor believes PPPs should only be used where they represent value for money, and that risk should be allocated to the party best able to manage it.




Amendment 292A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 40
Mover: Trevor Dobbyn
Seconder: Bob Nanva
Amendment Text:

That Paragraph 42 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: The rapid growth of our cities, as well as the outward expansion of cities over the last 50 years, has created significant congestion on urban roads, which has had an impact on quality of life and reduced family and social time. Labor believes that safe, clean and efficient public transport in our major cities is critical to addressing the economic, environmental and social problem of urban congestion. Managed motorways can be effective in improving productivity by reducing congestion on busy roads, and deliver important sustainability and liveability outcomes from our transport network. Labor is investing in the development of a national smart managed motorways trial to ease congestion, lower urban emissions, and expand the capacity of existing outer city road infrastructure networks. 

Original Paragraph 42:

The rapid growth of our cities, as well as the outward expansion of cities over the last 50 years, has created significant congestion on urban roads, which has had an impact on quality of life and reduced family and social time. Managed motorways can be effective in improving productivity by reducing congestion on busy roads, and deliver important sustainability and liveability outcomes from our transport network. Labor is investing in the development of a national smart managed motorways trial to ease congestion, lower urban emissions, and expand the capacity of existing outer city road infrastructure networks.




Amendment 293A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 46
Page Number: 40
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

That Paragraph 46 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor is committed to enabling regional communities to reach their full potential and become more resilient, more viable, more sustainable and more prosperous. Labor commits to ensuring regional communities have physical access to essential government services. If regions are stronger and more connected at the local level, overall productivity rises at the national level. Labor has put in place programs and mechanisms to enable local communities to connect across all three levels of government and develop creative local solutions to local issues.

Original Paragraph 46:

Labor is committed to enabling regional communities to reach their full potential and become more resilient, more viable, more sustainable and more prosperous. If regions are stronger and more connected at the local level, overall productivity rises at the national level. Labor has put in place programs and mechanisms to enable local communities to connect across all three levels of government and develop creative local solutions to local issues.




Amendment 294A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 53
Page Number: 41
Mover: Robin Rothfield
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 53 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor believes that Australia’s regions are not only important drivers of our national economy but they are also a source of social and cultural diversity. In order for regional communities to continue making a vital contribution to the nation, they must remain strong and sustainable. Where there is demonstrable need for labour and skills by new arrivals they will be encouraged to settle in such areas. 

Original Paragraph 53:

Labor believes that Australia’s regions are not only important drivers of our national economy but they are also a source of social and cultural diversity. In order for regional communities to continue making a vital contribution to the nation, they must remain strong and sustainable.




Amendment 295A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 54
Page Number: 41
Mover: Nadine Flood
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 54 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor recognises that a strong community is underpinned by a stable economic and income base, adequate reasonable physical infrastructure such as roads, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, community facilities, and reasonable good access to health and community services. It also recognises that as key drivers of regional economies, sectors such as agriculture, tourism and retail are interdependent, and require a whole of economy approach to regional development and cross sector policies across government agencies. 

Original Paragraph 54:

Labor recognises that a strong community is underpinned by a stable economic and income base, adequate physical infrastructure such as roads, telecommunications, and water infrastructure, social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, community facilities, and reasonable access to health and community services. It also recognises that as key drivers of regional economies, sectors such as agriculture, tourism and retail are interdependent, and require a whole of economy approach to regional development and cross sector policies across government agencies.




Amendment 296A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 55
Page Number: 44
Mover: Robin Rothfield
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 55 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor believes that all Australians, regardless of where they live, or where they come from, should have reasonable and affordable access to services including:

  • secure and appropriate housing
  • transport
  • basic utilities
  • universal and affordable broadband facilities and mobile access
  • quality education and training opportunities
  • health and aged care
  • financial services
  • personal, family and social services
  • employment services
  • emergency services
  • information on government programs and policies.  
Original Paragraph 55:

Labor believes that all Australians, regardless of where they live, should have reasonable and affordable access to services including:

  • secure and appropriate housing

  • transport

  • basic utilities

  • universal and affordable broadband facilities and mobile access

  • quality education and training opportunities

  • health and aged care

  • financial services

  • personal, family and social services

  • employment services

  • emergency services

  • information on government programs and policies.




Amendment 297A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 117
Page Number: 48
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Jamie Newlyn
Amendment Text:

That bullet point 6 in paragraph 117 of chapter 3 be amended to read

  • driving future industry development through Australia’s new industry innovation councils for key sectors, including those for the automotive and TCF industries, built environment, information technology, transport and logistics (including shipping), steel, pulp and paper and future manufacturing
Original Paragraph 117:

Powering Ideas: An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century will continue to shape and direct the transformation of Australian manufacturing. Labor will build on the strong record of existingprograms, including:

  • the establishment of Enterprise Connect, a national network of skilled business advisers, has helped small and medium businesses boost their performance. It offers comprehensive, independent business advice and a network of resources uniting cutting-edge technology and best practice business models. Enterprise Connect has already worked with over 7500 firms around Australia. Manufacturing Centres are located in each state, and Innovation Centres and networks have been established for a range of industries

  • using Enterprise Connect as the gateway to the innovation system and to provide a comprehensive range of services to firms, including enterprise improvement, supply-chain development, networking and cluster support, and research and technology assistance

  • implementing the new Better Managers program in Enterprise Connect to strengthen leadership and innovation capability in smaller firms

  • effectively integrating Enterprise Connect and its services with Austrade, the Industry Capability Network and other national and state government business support initiatives, and with the industry development activities of industry associations and unions

  • investing in the future of the automotive sector through A New Car Plan for a Greener Future to make the Australian car industry economically and environmentally sustainable by 2020

  • driving future industry development through Australia’s new industry innovation councils for key sectors, including those for the automotive and TCF industries, built environment, information technology, steel, pulp and paper and future manufacturing

  • implementing the National Enabling Technologies Strategy for biotechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication technology and other enabling technologies which will ensure appropriate regulation while maximising their contribution to job creation, productivity and competitiveness

  • supporting international investment in strategic technological capabilities and working with foreign owned enterprises to integrate their local operations and suppliers into global supply chains

  • promoting innovation in government – both in the delivery of government services and through procurement policies that support innovation in supplier firms

  • harmonising Australia’s patent laws with those of our trading partners

  • developing and implementing a national design strategy to stimulate the development of innovative products, services and business strategies, building on Australia’s strengths in design and our creative industries.




Amendment 298A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 126
Page Number: 50
Mover: Andrew Dettmer
Seconder: Cath Bowtell
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 126 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: We can grasp the benefits that will come with the shift in economic activity towards our regions, while still making sure that everyone has the opportunity to share in the benefits of a stronger economy and that no one is left behind. We must seize the opportunity that the resources boom has created by ensuring a partnership of investment from government and employers to train and develop local highly skilled workers in our rural and regional areas.

Original Paragraph 126:

We can grasp the benefits that will come with the shift in economic activity towards our regions, while still making sure that everyone has the opportunity to share in the benefits of a stronger economy and that no one is left behind.




Amendment 299A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 20
Page Number: 136
Mover: Kate Lundy
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

After paragraph 20, add the following new paragraphs, and renumber the subsequent paragraphs accordingly

21. Labor is committed to combating racism and will respond to expressions of intolerance and discrimination with strength and where necessary, the full force of the law.

22. Labor promotes, celebrates and values the social, cultural and economic benefits a multicultural society delivers to all Australians.

23. Labor is committed to ensuring Government services are more responsive to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.

24. Labor is committed to a program of continuous improvement for newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants as they build their new lives in Australia, including:

  • Ensuring the provision of practical settlement services, English language tuition, case management where required and encouragement and facilitation for social inclusion, leading to full participation in Australian society;
  • increasing employment outcomes for newly arrived refugees and improving employment participation in the long-term.
Original Paragraph 20:

Labor’s social inclusion priorities are based on evidence about the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage. These priorities, where disadvantage is often a result of multiple, complex and interconnected barriers to participation, are:

  • supporting families to give their children the best opportunities in life, including a safe home, a good education and the example of a parent who goes to work each day and where necessary, assist them with parenting skills

  • support for people who do not have a source of income from employment to increase the work opportunities available to them

  • improving the life chances of children at greatest risk of long-term disadvantage, including through the National Child Protection Framework

  • reducing the incidence of homelessness

  • improving outcomes for people living with disability or mental illness and their carers

  • closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage

  • breaking the cycle of entrenched and multiple disadvantage in particular neighbourhoods and communities.




Amendment 300A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 21
Page Number: 136
Mover: Louise Persse
Seconder: Linda Scott
Amendment Text:

Amend dot point 6:

quality government services – ensuring that services which are provided to all Australians are appropriately funded to meet high standards, especially for those Australians who need them most but may have difficulty accessing them. This means improving the quality and accessibility of mainstream services and targeting the right support directly to the most disadvantaged individuals and communities. Our service reform priorities include:

Original Paragraph 21:

Labor’s framework for building a stronger, fairer Australia is built on five pillars:

  • economic growth – maintaining a strong, internationally competitive economy. To improve social outcomes over time and between generations, government economic strategy needs to be consistent with sound fiscal and macroeconomic policy settings.

  • equitable social policy – creating the opportunities and resources that every Australian needs to participate in the economy and community life by:

  • providing an adequate social safety net

  • increasing the productive capacity of low skilled Australians through local skills, training and employment strategies

  • getting people to take responsibility for the choices that are within their control and providing support in ways that build and reinforce their capabilities, resilience and independence

  • quality government services – ensuring that services which are provided to all Australians meet high standards, especially for those Australians who need them most but may have difficulty accessing them. This means improving the quality and accessibility of mainstream services and targeting the right support directly to the most disadvantaged individuals and communities. Our service reform priorities include:

  • building a world-class education system which prepares children for work and life, including through lifting the quality of education in the most disadvantaged schools

  • building world-class health and community services which improve life outcomes, particularly for the most disadvantaged and people with disability, including through better access to primary and preventative health services, linking people to the range of supports they need before crises occur, and at critical life transitions

  • improving the supply of affordable housing

  • closing the gap for Indigenous Australians in areas including life expectancy, education, health, housing and employment

  • Strong families and communities – supporting families to give their children the best opportunities in life and building strong and cohesive communities especially in areas experiencing entrenched and multiple disadvantage:

  • supporting families to give their children the best opportunities in life through paid parental leave, better quality childcare and family support programs

  • supporting vulnerable families and children at risk reforms to family support programs to strengthen their focus on vulnerable people, reduce red tape for service providers and ensure that payments are spent in the interests of children

  • ensuring Australians on low or fixed incomes have access to fair and equitable financial products, including emergency relief, no- and low-interest loan schemes, matched saving schemes and financial literacy support

  • ensuring that all communities benefit from the opportunities afforded by Australia’s strong recovery from the global economic downturn and from future economic growth

  • supporting strong, diverse communities, free from discrimination, violence and abuse, by confronting intolerance and promoting respect and a sense of belonging for everyone

  • supporting individuals and communities affected by disasters and critical incidents to recover and build resilience

  • improving social infrastructure in communities and supporting volunteering.

  • Partnership for change – building new and innovative partnerships with all sectors of the economy, so that all levels of government, businesses and not-for-profit organisations are working together to build a stronger, fairer Australia, such as:

  • developing a Compact with the not-for-profit sector

  • supporting new models of social enterprise and social investment

  • working with philanthropic foundations and individual donors in areas of national priority like reducing Indigenous disadvantage and improving child health outcomes

  • effectively coordinating action across sectors to prevent and reduce homelessness

  • working together with business to help Australians living with disability and mental illness to participate in work and community life.




Amendment 301A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 138
Mover: Rose Jackson
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Insert new sentence at the end of para “Our commitment to closing the gap needs to be evidence-based and include measurable targets that are open and transparent to the community. These targets should include specific goals in areas such as literacy, numeracy, employment, infant mortality, life expectancy and education.”

Original Paragraph 25:

Labor believes that closing the gap in life expectancy, employment, health and education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is a national priority. Closing the Gap requires enduring commitment from all levels of government and the corporate and non-government sector, and working in partnership with Indigenous Australians to deliver the change they aspire to for themselves and for future generations.




Amendment 302A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 107
Page Number: 150
Mover: Melissa Parke
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Add dot point in paragraph 107 “The appointment of a national children’s commissioner.”

Original Paragraph 107:

Labor supports the development of a national approach to children and the law, which includes:

  • recognising the best interests of the child as a primary consideration

  • a sentencing regime based primarily upon the principles of restorative justice

  • standards for court procedures where children are involved as witnesses, victims or offenders

  • standards for support, counselling and rehabilitation services for child victims and offenders within the criminal justice system

  • support for research into causes of juvenile crime.




Amendment 303A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 144
Page Number: 154
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Jamie Newlyn
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph before existing 144, and renumber subsequent paragraphs accordingly

Labor will ensure that all Australian jobs are regulated under Australian migration laws, consistent with Australia’s international obligations. To this effect, Labor will review the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) with a view to ensuring that the definition of migration zone encapsulates all offshore Australian jobs and industries where possible.  

Original Paragraph 144:

For the Australian people to have confidence and trust in the integrity of our migration system, Labor will fund and maintain robust border security measures that support the orderly processing of migration to our country and protect our national interest and our national borders.




Amendment 304A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 171
Page Number: 158
Mover: Kate Lundy
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Before existing paragraph 171, add a new paragraph and renumber subsequent paragraphs accordingly:

171. Labor recognises that sport is an important platform for social inclusion in the settlement of young migrants and refugees, and can provide opportunities for engagement with their local community. Labor is committed to ensuring all levels of sport in Australia are inclusive of culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.         

Original Paragraph 171:

Labor will continue to support young Australians to participate in physical activity and to compete in recognised sporting competitions, including young people in regional areas.




Amendment 305A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 183
Page Number: 159
Mover: Rupert Evans
Seconder: Louise Persse
Amendment Text:

At the beginning of the paragraph, add:

Labor recognises the important role played by Australia’s cultural institutions and commits to supporting these institutions to collect, preserve and make available Australia’s cultural heritage.

Original Paragraph 183:

Labor believes arts and culture contribute to building a more creative and productive nation. People of all ages and from all walks of life can participate in arts events and education and can express their creativity in an array of different cultural forms. Labor believes cultural policy is not just about supporting the arts, it is about strengthening communities and developing our creative culture so that we are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of modern life. Labor also understands that arts and culture drive innovation across the nation and contribute to productivity. The Labor Government committed to a new National Culture Policy in the 2010 election Arts Policy document Investing in Creative Australia. This will be the first comprehensive cultural policy since the Keating Government’s Creative Nation.




Amendment 306A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 80
Page Number: 114
Mover: Amy Smith
Seconder: Sarah Cole
Amendment Text:

Labor strongly supports student involvement in the management of their university communities and in university decision-making processes. Labor believes that it is important that funding is restored for student-run services and independent advocacy. Labor will support students in the creation of democratic, student-run representative bodies and safeguard the right for students to voluntarily organise themselves on campus. Labor believes that good student amenities and services like childcare, health services, counselling, advocacy, and sporting facilities are vital to the quality of students’ experience on campus and should be securely and adequately funded.

Original Paragraph 80:

Labor supports student involvement in the management of their university communities and in university decision-making processes. Labor will support students in the creation of democratic, student-run representative bodies and safeguard the right for students to voluntarily organise themselves on campus. Labor believes that good student amenities and services like childcare, health services, counselling, advocacy, and sporting facilities are vital to the quality of students’ experience on campus and should be securely funded.




Amendment 309A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 65
Page Number: 112
Mover: Kate Luke
Seconder: Andrew Dettmer
Amendment Text:

Replace dot point 6 with:

“Support the role of group training companies particularly in facilitating employment and training for apprentices engaged by employers in the resources sector on major projects.”

Insert additional dot point seven

“Simplify, improve and enhance the effectiveness of incentives for employers to increase the number of apprentices they engage and provide increased mentoring and other support for employers committed to training our future workforce”.

Original Paragraph 65:

Labor will:

  • establish and implement minimum national standards and individual training plans for the protection of apprentices and trainees

  • focus on quality apprenticeship and traineeship programs and on higher skill levels, ensuring that public funding is directly linked to the level of training effort, the completion of quality outcomes and the development of future skill needs

  • make sure all apprenticeship and traineeship programs deliver full qualifications consistent with the national qualifications framework

  • ensure that trades qualifications continue to promote a combination of work and on-the-job training, so that the career paths for workers are enhanced

  • ensure there is sufficient funding available for on and off-the-job training for apprentices, especially in regional and rural Australia

  • develop and enhance the role of group training companies.




Amendment 311A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 97, 110,
Page Number: 186
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Mathew Hilakari
Amendment Text:

Insert at the end of Paragraph 97:

Labor also acknowledges that progress towards these Millennium Development Goals can be wiped out where appropriate services are not available in emergency situations. Labor will ensure we are able to help countries in times of natural disasters by working in cooperation with international and domestic partners to improve disaster preparedness and develop emergency services.


Insert second sentence in Paragraph 110:


Labor will ensure that the Commonwealth promotes a national all-hazards approach to disaster resilience, addressing mitigation, response and recovery, and ensuring well-resources emergency services are maintained.

Original Paragraph 97, 110:

97

Labor believes that the Millennium Development Goals, the global blueprint to end extreme poverty, should continue to guide Australia’s international development assistance. Labor wants an aid program makes a real difference to those living in extreme poverty, working to:

  • eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • achieve universal primary education

  • promote gender equality and empower women

  • reduce child mortality

  • improve maternal health and family planning

  • combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • ensure environmental sustainability

  • develop a global partnership for development.

110

Labor is committed to enhancing disaster preparedness and delivering faster, more effective responses to humanitarian crises, given the increased frequency and impact of natural disasters in recent decades.




Amendment 311A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 97, 110,
Page Number: 186
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Mathew Hilakari
Amendment Text:

Insert at the end of Paragraph 97:

Labor also acknowledges that progress towards these Millennium Development Goals can be wiped out where appropriate services are not available in emergency situations. Labor will ensure we are able to help countries in times of natural disasters by working in cooperation with international and domestic partners to improve disaster preparedness and develop emergency services.


Insert second sentence in Paragraph 110:


Labor will ensure that the Commonwealth promotes a national all-hazards approach to disaster resilience, addressing mitigation, response and recovery, and ensuring well-resources emergency services are maintained.

Original Paragraph 97, 110:

97

Labor believes that the Millennium Development Goals, the global blueprint to end extreme poverty, should continue to guide Australia’s international development assistance. Labor wants an aid program makes a real difference to those living in extreme poverty, working to:

  • eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • achieve universal primary education

  • promote gender equality and empower women

  • reduce child mortality

  • improve maternal health and family planning

  • combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • ensure environmental sustainability

  • develop a global partnership for development.

110

Labor is committed to enhancing disaster preparedness and delivering faster, more effective responses to humanitarian crises, given the increased frequency and impact of natural disasters in recent decades.


Resolution 312R

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Mover: Verity Firth
Seconder: Jo Haylen
Resolution Text:

ALP National Conference welcomes the Federal Government’s Gonski Review into School Funding in Australia. We recognise that this review is the first comprehensive review of education funding in Australia in decades.

 

This conference also recognises that current school funding arrangements are in need of reform. The current Howard Government funding model is both complex and inequitable.

 

The Conference congratulates the Federal Government on nearly doubling education spending but notes that public spending on schools in Australia is still well below the OECD average and that considerable additional investment is needed in our schooling system to ensure that future generations of Australians have the knowledge, skills and creativity needed for the economic times ahead.

 

This Conference supports statements by the Federal Government that reaffirm government schools as the backbone of our education system. This conference recognises that the success of Australian education is predicated on the existence of strong, vibrant, high quality schools across every sector. A fair and equitable funding system is critical to ensure that every Australian child receives a great education.

 

To this end, the Conference calls on the Federal Government in its response to the Gonski Review to:

  • Re-affirm Labor’s commitment to a quality, public education system, by recognising that the primary goal of government education policy is the adequate resourcing of education in this country and improving education outcomes across all sectors;

  • Consider the adoption of an objective National Resource Standard for schools to provide a benchmark against which public funding decisions can be assessed in a transparent and impartial way; and

  • Increase investment in school education across all Governments, federal and state, so as to bring Australia in line with comparable OECD nations.


Resolution 313R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: Meredith Burgmann
Seconder: Geoff Derrick
Resolution Text:

That Conference:

  • Congratulates successive Australian governments for their forthright support for democracy in Zimbabwe since the current deep political crisis broke out in the year 2000, leading to catastrophic economic collapse, mass exodus of able-bodied Zimbabweans and widespread systematic human rights abuses.
  • Calls on the Australian government to maintain its support for the provision of basic services, which it began soon after the power-sharing transitional government was formed in February 2009.
  • In particular, calls for focused support on effective programs for national healing, reconciliation and integration that have been developed by the transitional government formed in February 2009.
  • As well, Conference calls on the Australian government to direct financial support to community-based organisations which support democracy and human rights.
  • Despite the positive momentum to overcome the political impasse which the transitional government represented, Conference notes that the effort to develop a genuinely democratic constitution as a preparation for a new election has been derailed by sustained political violence and manipulation by ZANU-PF, and that Zimbabwe is again in a state of paralysis. This is because ZANU-PF, which lost the 2008 elections, continues to block the pathway to a new democratic Zimbabwe.
  • Urges the Australian government to continue to criticise ZANU-PF for this situation and to use all its diplomatic resources to encourage the Southern Africa Development Community nations to act more decisively to fulfill their commitment to democratic change, as sponsors of the September 2008 Global Political Agreement for Zimbabwe.
  • If and when new elections are held in Zimbabwe, Conference urges the Australian government to commit a strong election observer mission to monitor the pre-election period, the campaign, the voting and the counting of ballots.




Amendment 314A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 19-21
Page Number: 105
Mover: Helen Gibbons
Seconder: Jannette Armstrong
Amendment Text:

  Early childhood education and care
.


        General

                Replace all references to ‘childcare’ with ‘early childhood education and care’.

      

Original Paragraph 19-21:

19

Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs.

20

Labor recognises that experiences in early childhood heavily influence the opportunities and life chances of young Australians. Learning and development therefore must be at the centre of our system of Early Childhood Education and Care. Creating this 21st century early childhood education and care system is the responsibility of all levels of government. Our goal is to provide universal preschool education for all children by 2013.

21

Labor will work to create nationally consistent early education standards in cooperation with early childhood educators, ECEC providers and unions, looking specifically at the role of play-based learning, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, and the integration of care and learning in all early childhood settings.




Amendment 316A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 19
Page Number: 105
Mover: Rose Jackson
Seconder: Jannette Armstrong
Amendment Text:

Paragraph 19; p.105

                Amend to read:

        “Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs, including early intervention programs for students with extra educational needs.”

            

Original Paragraph 19:

Labor’s Education Revolution regards early childhood education and care for our young children as national priorities. This includes the expansion of high quality, integrated, accessible and affordable early learning and care programs.




Amendment 317A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 105
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: Rebecca Reilly
Amendment Text:

                        Insert new sentence at the end of para:

        “Through record investment in fee assistance Labor is committed to ensuring that early childhood education and care remains affordable for Australian families, particularly during this period of reform for the early childhood education and care sector.”

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor believes that cost must not be a barrier to early childhood education and care, and will work with all state and territory governments to make early childhood education and care services more affordable for families.




Amendment 318A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 24,25,
Page Number: 105
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: Sheila Hunter
Amendment Text:

New paragraph between 24 and 25; p.105

                “Labor recognises the historical barriers to genuine enterprise bargaining in the early child sector that have resulted in low wages for skilled childcare professionals. These barriers include the highly feminised workforce, multiple small sites of employment, limited community recognition of the work and the high responsibility placed on the workforce.”

Original Paragraph 24,25:

24

Labor will better target assistance to overcome income and location disadvantage in accessing of early childhood education and care.

25

Labor believes that quality care for children can only be provided by a highly-skilled, professional and well-paid workforce. To this end, Labor is:

  • cutting tuition fees for students taking Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Children’s Services at TAFE colleges around Australia

  • creating additional university places in Early Childhood Education courses

  • providing additional financial support to early childhood educators working in hard-to-staff areas, with assistance to reduce HECS-HELP debts incurred through their studies.




Amendment 319A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 26
Page Number: 105
Mover: Rebecca Reilly
Seconder: Kelly Shay
Amendment Text:

Paragraph 26; p.105

 Replace existing with:

        “To ensure a quality education and care sector into the future, Labor supports:

  •  Improving wages and conditions for existing workers and to assist in the recruitment of new qualified workers. Labor recognises that the Federal Government has a role in funding these improvements as the benefits of quality early childhood care flow to the whole community and parents cannot afford increases costs.
  •   Addressing occupational health and safety concerns, including immunisation and first aid courses for children’s services workers and additional cleaning staff.
  •   Better matching supply and demand of childcare places.”


Original Paragraph 26:

Labor supports:

  • improving wages and conditions for existing workers and to assist in the recruitment of new qualified workers

  • addressing occupational health and safety concerns, including immunisation and first aid courses for children’s services workers and additional cleaning staff

  • better matching supply and demand of childcare places.




Amendment 320A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 27
Page Number: 106
Mover: Rose Jackson
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

 Insert new dot point under dot point 1:

  “Cut tuition fees for experienced, Diploma qualified early childhood educators to undertake early childhood degrees at universities. This will ensure the number of university qualified early childhood teachers required under the National Quality Framework are available”.

Original Paragraph 27:

Labor will also:

  • coordinate a national program of recognition of prior learning for experienced childcare professionals to attain formal qualifications

  • support dedicated programming time in centres

  • work to reduce staff-to-child ratios in childcare centres, to improve quality of care by enabling childcare professionals to develop secure attachments with children

  • work with state and territory governments to phase in a Certificate III in Children’s Services as a mandatory minimum qualification for childcare professionals.




Amendment 332A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 33
Page Number: 107
Mover: Carolyn Smith
Seconder: Kelly Shay
Amendment Text:

     New paragraph under 33

“Labor recognises the important work and contribution of education support workers and non-teaching support staff to the school community. It is vital that these workers continue to be directly employed by the States and Territories to ensure a cohesive and integrated education community.”

Original Paragraph 33:

Labor recognises that a strong education system committed to the highest possible academic standards for every child is essential for the creation of a fair and prosperous society.Labor recognises the excellent work currently performed by the nation’s teachers and lecturers, in often challenging circumstances.




Amendment 340A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 108
Mover: Margaret Lewis
Seconder: Wendy Turner
Amendment Text:

              Amend first sentence to read:

        “Labor believes that Australia should have a consistent, world-class national core curriculum suited to the needs of all students in the contemporary world, as well as allowing time and space in the school curriculum for local content to meet needs of individual communities.”
  

        Add: “Labor will ensure that environmental education is a core study for all high school students and forms part of the national curriculum.”

Original Paragraph 42:

Labor believes that Australia should have a consistent, world-class national curriculum suited to the needs of all students in the contemporary world. Labor will develop this through the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which brings together for the first time the functions of curriculum development, assessment and reporting at a national level. This includes the collaborative development of the National Curriculum, initially in the core areas of English, Maths, Science and History. Labor acknowledges that the content of what is learnt in Australia’s education systems should be inclusive of Indigenous cultures and perspectives and will ensure this is part of the National Curriculum.




Amendment 343A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 47
Page Number: 108
Mover: David Kelly
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

New paragraph under 47;

            Labor is fully committed to the principle of excellent, universal public education and will not pursue the priviatisation of any aspect of public schooling.

Original Paragraph 47:

Labor has invested in Australia’s biggest ever school building modernisation program by providing funding for new school infrastructure projects in every school to upgrade and build new facilities, such as libraries, multipurpose halls and science and language classrooms. This will bring our schools into the 21st century, and prepare them to deal with the challenges of the future.




Amendment 345A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 67
Page Number: 112
Mover: Wendy Turner
Seconder: Margaret Lewis
Amendment Text:

Replace existing with: “Labor celebrates the fact that more Indigenous children are attending school than ever before, recognising however that current levels of Indigenous school participation and attainment are still unacceptable. All people have the power to change their children’s lives by ensuring that their children attend school. Evidence shows that higher school attendance rates will provide better employment, health and life outcomes and opportunities for all children. Labor will support Indigenous families and communities to get their children to school each day and ensure they are engaged in learning”.

       

Original Paragraph 67:

Labor also believes that, like other Australians, Indigenous Australians have a responsibility to make sure their children go to school to give their children the best possible start in life. Current levels of Indigenous school participation and attainment are unacceptable, and Labor will support Indigenous families and communities to take responsibility for getting their children to school each day.




Amendment 347A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 78
Page Number: 114
Mover: Amy Smith
Seconder: Sarah Cole
Amendment Text:

 Amend dot point 3 to read:
    
“Work towards the achievement of a national target of 20 per cent of university undergraduate enrolments made up of low socio-economic background students by 2020, through support and resourcing for innovative programs to assist universities to attract, support and retain students from under-represented groups.”

Original Paragraph 78:

Labor will:

  • steadily increase levels of national investment in higher education as part of a funding framework that at least maintains the value of public funding for teaching and research in public universities

  • work towards a national target of 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds holding bachelors degree or higher by 2025, by ensuring that future funding for Australia’s public universities is responsive to student demand

  • work towards the achievement of a national target of 20 per cent of university undergraduate enrolments made up of low socioeconomic background students by 2020, through support for innovative programs to assist universities to attract, support and retain students from under-represented groups

  • support a joined-up tertiary sector to make it easier for students with VET qualifications to articulate into higher education degree programs to build their skills

  • work towards the closing of the gaps in Indigenous participation and retention in higher education for Indigenous students and Indigenous academic staff

  • provide access to university for students with disabilities through innovative programs that support universities to promote and disability access

  • recognise and support the important role that regional universities and campuses play in making higher educational opportunities available to regional students and in the development and support of regional communities

  • support strong, effective oversight of the international education sector, with the protection of international students at its core, through a risk-based regulatory framework, independent scrutiny and quality assurance

  • support universities in planning for their future academic workforce needs in a growing higher education system

  • focus on the quality of educational outcomes in higher education, rather than interfering in the internal management of universities.




Amendment 349A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 78
Page Number: 114
Mover: Amy Smith
Seconder: Stuart Benson
Amendment Text:

 Insert new dot point:

 
  “Labor strongly opposes the introduction and use of full fee degrees for undergraduate courses in Australian universities.”

Original Paragraph 78:

Labor will:

  • steadily increase levels of national investment in higher education as part of a funding framework that at least maintains the value of public funding for teaching and research in public universities

  • work towards a national target of 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds holding bachelors degree or higher by 2025, by ensuring that future funding for Australia’s public universities is responsive to student demand

  • work towards the achievement of a national target of 20 per cent of university undergraduate enrolments made up of low socioeconomic background students by 2020, through support for innovative programs to assist universities to attract, support and retain students from under-represented groups

  • support a joined-up tertiary sector to make it easier for students with VET qualifications to articulate into higher education degree programs to build their skills

  • work towards the closing of the gaps in Indigenous participation and retention in higher education for Indigenous students and Indigenous academic staff

  • provide access to university for students with disabilities through innovative programs that support universities to promote and disability access

  • recognise and support the important role that regional universities and campuses play in making higher educational opportunities available to regional students and in the development and support of regional communities

  • support strong, effective oversight of the international education sector, with the protection of international students at its core, through a risk-based regulatory framework, independent scrutiny and quality assurance

  • support universities in planning for their future academic workforce needs in a growing higher education system

  • focus on the quality of educational outcomes in higher education, rather than interfering in the internal management of universities.




Amendment 352A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 79
Page Number: 114
Mover: Sarah Cole
Seconder: Amy Smith
Amendment Text:


                Amend to read:  “Labor recognises that financial costs and pressures act as a barrier to participation in tertiary education. Labor strongly supports HECS-HELP and related student loan programs that ensure greater participation in tertiary education by allowing students to defer the cost of their studies until they are earning a decent income. Labor recognises that Australian students make a significant contribution to the cost of their education and will ensure that HECS contributions do not create financial disinsentives to study. Labor also supports a strong, sustainable and targeted system of student income support that provides greater assistance to Australian students who need it most. Under Labor Governments, students who do not have the means to support themselves during their university study will be provided with adequate support.”

Original Paragraph 79:

Labor recognises that financial costs and pressures act as a barrier to participation in tertiary education. Labor strongly supports HECS-HELP and related student loan programs that ensure greater participation in tertiary education by allowing students to defer the cost of their studies until they are earning a decent income. Labor also supports a strong, sustainable and targeted system of student income support that provides greatest assistance to Australian students who need it the most.




Amendment 354A

Chapter: 1 – Our enduring Labor values
Paragraph: whole chapter
Page Number: 0
Mover: Brendan O’Connor
Seconder: Amanda Rishworth
Amendment Text:

 

Chapter 1

Enduring values, new challenges

  1. As times change, our values endure. The Australian Labor Party was formed 120 years ago to help build this nation and improve the lives of ordinary workers and their families, giving them fair shares in a growing economy and supporting the vulnerable. In the 21st century, we still strive to create a fair, prosperous Australia where everyone has opportunity and nobody is left out or left behind. Our core values have been with us throughout our history and the changing fortunes of our nation: opportunity, responsibility, and fairness. This National Platform explains these values and applies them to our commitments for today and tomorrow. It celebrates our achievements and sets out our vision for Australia.

  2. Labor values are Australian values. Australia is a society enriched by its diversity. Our history is one of hard work, nation building and innovation, proudly welcoming new generations of migrants, respecting Indigenous Australians, weaving a resilient social fabric to support Australians throughout their lives. We are a modern social democratic party which has made Australia better off, fairer and more sustainable. Universal healthcare, fairness in the workplace, and the age pension are Australian achievements, part of our tradition of working together for the common good and taking care of those with limited capacity to take of themselves.

  3. Compared to other countries, we are in a good position to face the challenges ahead. Our economy is strong and we emerged from the Global Financial Crisis more successfully than other advanced economies. We have a great record of job creation, low unemployment while maintaining strong public finances and very low public debt. We have a huge flow of mining investment but patchwork pressures, brought in part by the rise of Asia, mean that some parts of our economy are strained by growth while others are being left behind.

  4. Global power is shifting to our region and our economy is transforming We need to make sure that the Asian century is also an Australian century. New technologies are reshaping the way we live and work, empowering people to take control of their lives and at the same time creating new uncertainties. We are facing the threat of climate change and seizing the opportunities of a clean energy future. Society is changing too. People live longer lives. Communities and households are taking new forms.

  5. For Australia, Labor has always been the champion of change. We are ready to meet the new economic, social and environmental challenges of this century and make sure that change works in the best interests of the nation. In Government, Labor embraces our tradition of reform and nation building and applies our enduring values to these new challenges.

 

Reform driven by values

  1. Australians were the first people to vote a nation into existence and we are one of the world’s oldest parliamentary democracies. Ours is one of the first Labor parties to be formed around the world.We are the original Australian party – in name, purpose and identity – a party deeply woven into this nation’s fabric. Every other party formed in Australia in the past 120 years has been in response to Australian Labor.

  2. Labor has been shaped by the people of Australia and in turn has shaped the character, culture and opportunities of Australians. In the late 19th century, we grew from the collective struggle for social justice, fighting for better living and working conditions, uniting union members with others to overcome the vested interests of employers and governments. Labor is the party of opportunity and security for working people. Working with a strong trade union movement, in the early 20th century we laid this nation’s social foundations through votes for women, fair pay, reasonable working hours, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation and decent pensions.

  3. In the mid-20th century, we built our national infrastructure and strengthened Australia’s cities and suburbs, through the monumental Snowy Hydro Electricity Scheme, transcontinental railways, providing sewerage and running water to Australian homes. In the 1970s, we opened access to education, health care and legal services, protected our heritage and natural environments and modernised our international relationships. In the 1980s and 1990s, we opened our economy to the world, laying the foundations for today’s prosperity, introduced universal superannuation, expanded higher education and legislated for native title.

In each period of our history, Labor’s values have shaped our core commitments:

 

  1. Labor is committed to a sustainable market economy We work for long term prosperity, fairly shared by the whole community. We believe a properly functioning market economy creates wealth and provides opportunity and we look for market-based solutions, with robust and balanced regulation. Market design should promote sustainable growth that delivers for working people, combining free and open exchange with strong and durable institutions. Through a dynamic market-based economy we are committed to giving all Australians opportunities and making sure no-one is left behind. Unrestrained greed is damaging to the public interest.

  2. Labor is a party of active government. The Global Financial Crisis demonstrated how markets can fail and prompted new thinking about government’s responsibility to ensure that markets works in the public interest, not only for individual gain. Labor believes in the unique and positive role that can be played by government in a market economy. Only governments can ensure universal, high quality education, healthcare and a social safety net; protect national security; plan for and meet national infrastructure needs and protect the natural environment. Government has a responsibility to invest in public goods, including assets, infrastructure and services, to provide the legal and institutional underpinning for efficient, competitive markets and to intervene where there is market failure. In these and other areas, government involvement achieves better outcomes for all Australians than would be achieved solely through market forces.

  3. The Labor party and the trade union movement work together as partners. As a political party, Labor was born out of the labour movement and its struggle for social justice. By working with the movement to create and defend good jobs and fair work and to promote participation and shared responsibility across the workforce, Labor has given millions of Australians the opportunity to build a secure, decent and dignified life and to improve their own and their children’s life chances. Labor will continue to protect and advance the rights of working people, including their right to join unions, to organise in the workplace, to bargain collectively and to take industrial action, including the right to strike.

  4. Trade unions are the largest and most representative community movements in Australia, looking after 2 million Australians and their families and campaigning for the interests of all workers. We believe a strong trade union movement is necessary to deliver fairer, more cooperative workplaces and contribute to a more equitable and democratic Australia. Our partnership with the trade union movement remains crucial for Australia’s future.

  5. Labor is a party of its members. Our success depends on the support and activism of our members. They provide our candidates at every level of government, and they enrich our policy discussion. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with the trade union movement, members are the party’s backbone. We will continue to renew and refresh the experience of members and their involvement in the party and its campaigning.

  6. Labor supports families. Families form a fundamental part of our society as a basic organising unit and Government has a duty to help families give children the best possible start in life. This is essential to providing the opportunity to live, work and be a part of their community and in ensuring all Australians can share in all that this nation can offer.

  7. Labor is the party of educational opportunity. From our inception, the transformative power of education has been at the heart of Labor’s mission. Opening the doors of learning to people who could not otherwise access a quality education has been the achievement, in every generation, of Labor reform. By expanding and reforming education, from early years to schools, from trades and vocations to universities, Labor has transformed the lives of millions of Australians, enabling them to get on and get up. In the twenty-first century, our mission is to demonstrate that demography is not destiny: that background and the circumstances of birth are no barrier to educational excellence and that every Australian can contribute to our national success.
  8. Labor is a party of community. As a nation we are at our best when we are working together for the common good. Individual self-interest alone does not create a fair and decent society. We are committed to a society in which every person is treated with respect and dignity and can actively participate and contribute to the life of their community. Labor believes a strong and resilient not for profit sector is part of the nation’s social economy, working to provide services and opportunities that enrich Australian lives. We will work to strengthen them and improve their skills and capabilities. We recognise the contribution of philanthropy and will work to foster a regulatory environment which fosters a culture of giving. We celebrate diversity and respect the rights and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.

  9. Labor is a party of equality. We defend equal rights of citizenship and before the law, support social and economic equality, promote gender equality in the community and the workplace and refuse to accept discrimination and inequality of opportunity in our society.

  10. Labor is a party of reconciliation. We have apologised for past injustices in the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous People. We have worked for land rights and native title. We are investing to reduce indigenous disadvantage and we are working to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

  11. Labor defends Australia’s national security, promotes our national interest and protects human rights. For more than a century, Labor has played a significant role in defending our national security, fighting against oppression and injustice and supporting international efforts for peace and development. While the challenges change, our resolve to protect Australia does not. As a nation, we can give no greater respect than to those who take up military service in the defence of Australia and of our values in the world. We honour and cherish our military veterans for their proud contribution to our nation and their willingness to sacrifice themselves for our common good.

  12. Labor believes Australia’s interests are best protected and advanced by promoting peace and cooperation, including through our historic alliance with the United States, international forums like the United Nations, engaging with Asia, through public diplomacy and overseas aid and development.

  13. Labor is a democratic party. Labor believes that every person has the right to a say, directly or indirectly, in the decisions that affect his or her life. We believe in an individual’s freedom of conscience and their right to express beliefs without fear. We are committed to open, democratic and accountable government and to empowering citizens and improving their participation in governance and fostering advocacy for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Only Labor believes in genuine broad based engagement in Government and tackling the opportunities and challenges facing Australia. Labor believes in genuine tripartite processes in dealing with industrial, economic and reform challenges and in genuine community and industry engagement in delivering a clean energy future.

  14. Labor is a party of human rights. Labor believes in a just and tolerant society that fully protects the rights and freedoms of all people in Australia. Labor supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international treaties to which we are a signatory.

Our values

 

1. Opportunity

 

Labor is a party that shares the opportunities of this rich and diverse country. A country where privilege and power do not determine the life course of each individual or community. A country where people can shape their own lives and work together to contribute proudly to the life of their communities.

 

Australia can be a nation in which everybody has opportunity to shape their own lives, develop their potential and enjoy the rewards of hard work. Labor believes that background and privilege should not determine success in life. We believe in:

  • Giving all Australians the opportunity to achieve their potential and contribute to their community and national life

  • Empowering all Australians to shape their own lives for the better

  • Making available the dignity and benefits of work to all those Australians who can participate

  • Providing the best education, from cradle to grave, where background is no barrier to achievement

  • Supporting family life and improving living standards and quality of life

  • Rewarding the effort of hard work and supporting people to enter, re-enter and progress in the workforce.

  • Providing access to employment, education, housing, health care, a strong social safety net, information technology, culture and recreation and legal rights

  • Building an economy which provides sustained economic growth and opportunity, decoupled from the growth of emissions and environmental damage

 

2. Fairness

At the core of Labor’s history, beliefs and aspirations is the need to make make sure everybody gets a fair go.

Labor believes in:

  • Treating all Australians with dignity and respect

  • Sticking together and sharing fairly the risks that we all face.

  • Upholding the rights, benefits and duties of citizenship and democratic participation

  • A fair distribution of wealth and income

  • A reconciled Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians create a stronger future together

  • Support for Australians with particular needs, including Indigenous Australians, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, the homeless, people with disabilities and mental illness and older Australians, to live decent and dignified lives, access opportunity and participate along with other Australians.

 

3. Responsibility

 

Labor believes that taking active responsibility for ourselves, each other and our future is a fundamental value, at the heart of our identity and our success as a community. Responsibilities and rights come together and they require us to:

 

Protect and support children and families and respect the caring responsibilities of parents and family members.

  • Take individual responsibility for ourselves, including the responsibility to get work and contribute to our independence and personal development through work, as far as each of us is able.

  • Share responsibility for our environment and protect it for future generations, including by taking action to create a clean energy future.

  • Ensure that businesses act responsibly, obey the law, pay their fair share and contribute to the communities in which they operate.

  • Hold governments and other institutions to account and ensure they meet high standards and work in the public interest.

 

Our vision for Australia’s future

  1. Our National Platform sets out our values and a framework for the policies that will deliver a better future for Australia. It does so in the following areas:

  • A strong and diverse economy, economic management and reform, more job opportunities and greater workforce participation through investment in skills, innovation and incentives to work, save and learn. [Chapter 2]

  • Achieving growth across the whole nation: our national infrastructure, regional Australia and primary industries [Chapter 3]

  • The transition to a clean energy future and our heritage and natural environment [Chapter 4]

  • Fairness and opportunity for working families [Chapter 5]

  • Our ageing population [Chapter 6]

  • Education, early childhood, science and research [Chapter 7]

  • Our long term health needs and challenges [Chapter 8]

  • Ensuring all Australians get a fair go, including Indigenous Australians, people with disability, carers and people with mental illness [Chapter 9]

  • Democracy and good government [Chapter 10]

  • Foreign affairs, national security and defence [Chapter 11]

 

Labor is working to create a better future for Australian: a prosperous, forward looking nation, a stronger and united community and a fair society where every Australian has opportunity to live a good life and nobody is left behind. Our party platform applies these values to the challenges of today and tomorrow and renews our determination to deliver them for all Australians.

 

 

Original Paragraph whole chapter:

Preamble:




Amendment 366A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 66
Page Number: 112
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Joe de Bruyn
Amendment Text:

Labor believes that a good education is critical to Closing the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and is committed to ensuring that Indigenous children and young people have access to the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.

Original Paragraph 66:

Labor believes that a good education is critical to Closing the Gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and is committed to ensuring that Indigenous children and young people have access to the same opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.




Amendment 369A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 68
Page Number: 0
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Joe de Bruyn
Amendment Text:

Labor has:

  • established clear targets to Close the Gap in educational attainment, participation and literacy and numeracy
  • invested in early childhood education to ensure that Indigenous children receive quality early childhood education and care.
Original Paragraph 68:

Labor has:

  • established clear targets to Close the Gap in educational attainment, participation and literacy and numeracy

  • invested in early childhood education to ensure that Indigenous children receive quality early childhood education and care.




Amendment 371A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 69
Page Number: 0
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: Joe de Bruyn
Amendment Text:

The Indigenous Youth Career Pathways program will also provide for schools-based traineeships and other support to assist Indigenous students to complete high school and move into work or further education.

Original Paragraph 69:

The Indigenous Youth Career Pathways program will also provide for schools-based traineeships and other support to assist Indigenous students to complete high school and move into work or further education.




Amendment 387A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 212
Page Number: 59
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 212 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: 

Labor will develop a comprehensive forest plantation strategy, while reviewing the impact of log exports to ensure the long term future of the forest industries and Australian forest communities that depend on the continuing viability of our forest industry, by responding to the report from the inquiry into the current and future prospects of the Australian forestry industry and its recommendations in consultation with industry stakeholders, timber communities and interested parties.

 

 

Original Paragraph 212:

Labor will develop a comprehensive forest plantation strategy, while reviewing the impact of log exports to ensure the long term future of the forest industries and Australian forest communities that depend on the continuing viability of our forest industry.




Amendment 437A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 211
Page Number: 59
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

 That paragraph 211 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor has established a Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group, which has reviewed current industry arrangements, including investment incentives, identifying new markets and generally assisting the industry to reach its potential. 

Labor’s established Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group has submitted a detailed report to Government on the strengths, opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Labor is committed to the industry and will work with the established Pulp and Paper Industry Innovation Council in implementing the report’s recommendations to secure the future of the industry

Original Paragraph 211:

Labor has established a Pulp and Paper Industry Strategy Group, which has reviewed current industry arrangements, including investment incentives, identifying new markets and generally assisting the industry to reach its potential.




Amendment 438A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 183
Page Number: 55
Mover: Trevor Dobbyn
Seconder: Bob Nanva
Amendment Text:

That the following new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 182 of Chapter 3 and renumber accordingly:

Labor notes the need to encourage the use of the most appropriate forms of transport for the increasing freight and passenger tasks.  Intermodal hubs allow passengers and freight to move from one form of transport to another efficiently and effectively.  Labor will therefore ensure that any land transport plans identify potential sites for these hubs as a matter of priority. 

 

Original Paragraph 183:

Labor will work with the states and territories, the providers of public transport, to achieve greater use of all forms of public transport, thereby contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and congestion in our major cities.




Amendment 439A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 184
Page Number: 55
Mover: Clancy Dobbyn
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 184 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor recognises that aviation plays a large part in connecting Australia to the world and linking our towns and cities, as well as servicing the needs of regional and remote communities. Labor developed Australia’s first ever comprehensive national Aviation White Paper that recognises that safety and security are critical for the travelling public, and that investment in well planned airports and a strong domestic market and general aviation sector are crucial for the long-term future of aviation in Australia. Labor supports ownership provisions for Australia’s airlines that keep the governance of these airlines in Australia. Labor supports well-resourced and maintained emergency services for the aviation industry and is committed to developing an emergency response strategic plan for the aviation industry. Labor supports ownership provisions that keep the governance of these airlines in Australia.

 

Original Paragraph 184:

Labor recognises that aviation plays a large part in connecting Australia to the world and linking our towns and cities, as well as servicing the needs of regional and remote communities. Labor developed Australia’s first ever comprehensive national Aviation White Paper that recognises that safety and security are critical for the travelling public, and that investment in well planned airports and a strong domestic market and general aviation sector are crucial for the long-term future of aviation in Australia. Labor supports ownership provisions for Australia’s airlines that keep the governance of these airlines in Australia.




Amendment 440A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 187
Page Number: 56
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Jamie Newlyn
Amendment Text:

That the following new paragraph be inserted after paragraph 187 in Chapter 3, and renumber accordingly: Labor will work to secure employment and career pathways for domestic seafarers, and employment and skill development for seafarers from regional Asia Pacific nations in the international dimensions of Australian shipping. 

Original Paragraph 187:

A strong national shipping industry is an essential feature of a globalised island economy. Accordingly Labor recognises the important role of government in supporting shipping competitiveness and also supporting the competitiveness of Australia’s international shipping opportunity, so Australian shipping can grow market share, gain access to finance, increase employment, innovate and diversify.




Amendment 441A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 190
Page Number: 56
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Jamie Newlyn
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 190 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: Labor will undertake ongoing harmonisation of shipping policy and regulation. Labor will work towards building a viable and efficient domestic shipping industry, ensuring decent wages and conditions for working Australians, responsible use of single and continuous voyage permits, safety and security in our ports and shipping lanes, a strong regional ports network and a skilled workforce. In particular Labor will:  

  • build the Australian shipping flag in both domestic and international shipping
  • establish global best practice mechanisms encouraging long-term investment in the Australian shipping industry, address the maritime skills shortage, protect our vast coastline and marine environment and improve our defence capability  
  • ensure relevant domestic laws apply to all aspects of coastal shipping operating in the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone
  • ensure maritime security laws fairly balance national and domestic security requirements with the civil and industrial rights of workers  
  • Explore ways to better integrate shipping reform, maritime employment and maritime skills developed into resource projects, focusing on international trade where Australian exports are crucial to the regional economy
  • facilitate a high degree of cooperation between the Australian Defence Force and the Australian merchant fleet
  • ratify and implement appropriate International Labour Organization and International Maritime Organisation conventions, codes and recommendations.
Original Paragraph 190:

Labor will undertake ongoing harmonisation of shipping policy and regulation. Labor will work towards building a viable and efficient domestic shipping industry, ensuring decent wages and conditions for working Australians, responsible use of single and continuous voyage permits, safety and security in our ports and shipping lanes, a strong regional ports network and a skilled workforce. In particular Labor will:

  • build the Australian shipping flag in both domestic and international shipping

  • establish global best practice mechanisms encouraging long-term investment in the Australian shipping industry, address the maritime skills shortage, protect our vast coastline and marine environment and improve our defence capability

  • ensure relevant domestic laws apply to all aspects of coastal shipping operating in the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone

  • ensure maritime security laws fairly balance national and domestic security requirements with the civil and industrial rights of workers

  • facilitate a high degree of cooperation between the Australian Defence Force and the Australian merchant fleet

  • ratify and implement appropriate International Labour Organization and International Maritime Organisation conventions, codes and recommendations.




Amendment 442A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 209
Page Number: 59
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 209 of Chapter 3 be amended to read: 

Labor recognises the importance of the forest and the forest products industry to the Australian economy and employment, and the need for forests to continue to be based on ecologically sustainable development principles. Future development of the forest and forest products industry must take place on an ecologically and economically sustainable basis. Labor initiated a Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into the current and future prospects of the Australian forestry industry and has received a report from the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Resources, Fisheries and Forestry. Labor will respond to the report and its recommendations in consultation with industry stakeholders, timber communities and interested parties in order to secure the social, economic and environmental dividends associated with a robust and vibrant industry.  

Original Paragraph 209:

Labor recognises the importance of the forest and the forest products industry to the Australian economy and employment, and the need for forests to continue to be based on ecologically sustainable development principles. Future development of the forest and forest products industry must take place on an ecologically and economically sustainable basis, by ensuring the full implementation of the Regional Forest Agreements process.




Amendment 444A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 1, & new after 52,
Page Number: 0
Mover: Bill Shorten
Seconder: Doug Cameron
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph after 52 and re-number accordingly

53

To restore trust and confidence in the financial planning industry, we will introduce comprehensive reform to improve trust and confidence in the financial planning industry, including:

·         a ban on conflicted payments to advisers

·         a new legal duty to put clients’ interests ahead of those of financial planners and

·         a new requirement for advisers to seek a renewed mandate from their customers every two years.

These reforms will encourage more Australians to seek financial advice, by improving trust and confidence in the financial planning industry. They are also a critical part of our plan to encourage a professional financial planning industry.

 

 

That para 1 be amended to read:

1.       Labor is delivering a strong and sustainable economy for all Australians. We are committed to the ongoing reform and economic management that will increase productivity, create good jobs and secure the future health of the Australian economy. By modernising our infrastructure, managing the transition to clean energy, investing in skills and innovation and advancing tax reform, Labor is transforming our economy. Labor’s commitment to a strong economy is driven by its determination to build a good society and give all Australians a better quality of life which allows the broader community to share in our nation’s prosperity. A strong economy allows Labor to deliver the programs and services that Australians need, and particularly to support  the those who are the most vulnerable in our society.

Original Paragraph 1, & new after 52:


Resolution 445R

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Mover: Matthew Loader
Seconder: Terri Butler
Resolution Text:

That

National Conference strongly endorses the Labor Government’s push to harmonise anti-discrimination laws within a single national law and the intention, as part of this, to expand the coverage where appropriate. Conference especially notes the importance of including sexual orientation and gender identity in the new national law – both of which are currently significant gaps in the national legislative framework.




Amendment 446A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 65,66,71,72,75,78,79,80,82 and new,
Page Number: 0
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: David Bradbury
Amendment Text:

 

Amend paragraph 65 to read as follows:
new Labor is committed to opposing low-quality piecemeal trade agreements in favour of fair and transparent, multilateral agreements that are based on widespread consultation, provide for appropriate, minimum and enforceable labour and environmental standards, take account of the social and economic impacts of the agreement and allow for sovereign governments to continue making decisions in the interests of their citizens.

65. Australia is committed to building on its long record as an advocate for an open global trading system, because reducing global trade barriers boosts our economic growth, creates more competitive industries and benefits consumers. More trade is a pathway to a high-skill, high-wage future for working Australians. While acknowledging the benefits of global trade, Labor recognises that particularly in the short term adjustment support is needed for some sectors and workers.

 

Insert the following new paragraph after paragraph 71 of chapter 2 and renumber accordingly:
Labor supports the principle of national treatment – that foreign and domestic companies are treated equally under the law. Labor does not support, however, the inclusion of provisions in trade agreements that confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses. Nor does Labor support the inclusion of provisions that would constrain the ability to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters in circumstances where those laws do not discriminate between domestic and foreign businesses. Labor will not ask this of its trading partners in future trade agreements.

Insert a new para 71 of chapter 2 and renumber accordingly:
The past decade has seen a significant increase in non-tariff ‘behind borders’ trade barriers, particularly in Asia. Such barriers include excise tax arrangements, standards, customs procedures, a wide range of subsidies and other restrictive measures.
Australia should produce a biannual report, similar to that of the US Trade Representative, which details these tariff and non-tariff barriers which act as a constraint to Australian and other exporters.
The report should become the focus of dialogue between Australia and its trading partners for changes to inappropriate practices and better inform the strategic debate about Australia’s trade priorities.

Amend paragraph 72 of chapter 2 to read as follows:
Labor is committed to sustaining a new depth of transparency into the process of entering trade agreements, by providing full community consultation prior to entering into new trade agreements. Labor will:

 

  • ensure that on commencing negotiations for bilateral or regional FTAs, a document is tabled in both houses of parliament setting our priorities and objectives, including independent assessments of thecosts and benefits of any proposals that may be negotiated. This assessment should consider the economic, employment, regional, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental impacts that are expected to arise
  • ensure that during trade negotiations, trade unions and community groups are consulted on draft texts, proposals and requests for review and comment
  • ensure that once the negotiation proposal is complete, a package will be tabled including the proposed treaty together with any legislation required to implement the treaty domestically
  • ensure the positions that a Labor Government takes at the WTO and developments within the WTO are regularly reported to parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • ensure that Labor Government positions taken at the WTO and on WTO developments, as well as on trade agreements, are regularly reported to Parliament through the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • ensure that all Australian submissions and relevant materials to FTAs and the WTO are made public unless there are genuine commercial-in-confidence reasons, or disclosure will damage our national interest
  • review all existing government consultative mechanisms and reconstituting them to ensure they are representative of business, unions, environmental and community interests
  • review the composition of delegations to WTO ministerial meetings, so that they include appropriate representation from business, small business, unions and non-government organisations
  • advance rule changes within the WTO to ensure immediate publication of dispute settlement decisions, together with a short, plain language explanation of the decision.

Amend paragraph 75 of chapter 2 to read:
“Labor will vigorously oppose any WTO rules or other trade agreements, interpretations or proposals or other trade agreements that would require Australia to privatise its health, education and welfare sectors undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, reduce government rights to determine the distribution of government funding within these sectors, or which would require us to remove protection of our cultural industries. Labor will oppose attempts to privatise water services under WTO rules. As part of Australia’s forward trade objectives Labor believes that federal, state, territory and local governments should retain the flexibility to implement effective policies to encourage industry development, research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement standards.

Amend paragraph 78 of chapter 2 to read:
Labor recognises that trade is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to promote economic growth in developing countries. We will work to ensure that nations and their communities in our region and throughout the world benefit from open markets and share in global growth. We will promote policies to achieve this in the WTO, through trade agreements, as well as at the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, International Labour Organization and other international forums.

Amend paragraph 79 of chapter 2 to read:
79. Labor acknowledges the benefit of economic growth in developing countries, while also noting that many developing countries have not seen the equitable distribution of the benefits of economic growth. The creation of decent and productive jobs, assists with more equitable economic growth that can free people from hunger and poverty, provide access to economic independence for individuals and support meaningful basic human rights. At the same time economic growth in developing countries brings new markets for Australian exporters, contributing to creating jobs in our country and strengthening our economy.

Amend paragraph 80 of chapter 2 to read as follows:

80. Labor recognises that economic growth and prosperity arising from increased international trade brings with it the responsibility to promote higher labour and environmental standards for Australia and internationally. Labor will support greater cooperation between the secretariats of the WTO and the ILO on the issue of trade and enforceable labour standards. Labor supports the incorporation of enforceable core labour standards in all international trade agreements. Labor will outlaw the importation into Australia of goods or services produced with forced or prison labour. Labor will work actively through the WTO and other international trade organisations to combat and overcome the scourges of forced, prison or child labour.

Amend paragraph 82 of chapter 2 as follows, and insert the following subsequentparagraphs:

82. Labor notes the important role and responsibility we have at the Asian Development Bank and supports the inclusion of enforceable core labour standards in ADB decision-making, including the roles monitoring mechanism at the ADB.

new Labor supports the maintenance of anti-dumping measures. Anti-dumping legislation ensures that overseas exporters do not hurt our industry by selling their products in Australia at a lower price than they charge in their home markets.

Original Paragraph 65,66,71,72,75,78,79,80,82 and new:


Resolution 447R

Chapter: 2 – A strong economy for all Australians
Mover: Dave Oliver
Seconder: David Bradbury
Resolution Text:

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers the prospect of more and better jobs through improved access to member countries’ markets for Australian exporting businesses and their employees. Australia’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement must be consistent with the provisions of the National Platform, specifically that it:

  • Does not undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme;
  • Provides for national treatment – that foreign and domestic companies are treated equally under the law – while not conferring greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses;
  • Does not require Australia to remove protection of its cultural industries;
  • Retains the Foreign Investment Review Board and its powers to review foreign investment in the public interest;
  • Retains legitimate quarantine provisions for reducing the risk of imported pests and diseases;
  • Retains the flexibility to encourage industry development including through research and development, regional development and appropriate environmental, employment and procurement policies;
  • Contains enforceable labour clauses that require signatories to enforce the core international Labour Organisation standards in the ILO conventions; and
  • Contains enforceable environmental clauses that require signatories to meet all relevant international environmental standards, including those provided for in applicable UN international environmental agreements.




Amendment 448A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: After 101
Page Number: 150
Mover: Matt Thistlethwaite
Seconder: Janelle Saffin
Amendment Text:

Noting Labor’s supported and funded commitment to equal pay, Labor will further ensure that the Fair Work and anti-discrimination legislation frameworks provide appropriate protection to victims of domestic violence in the workplace, including in relation to leave entitlements.

Original Paragraph After 101:

Preamble:




Amendment 449A

Chapter: 5 – Opportunity and fairness for working families
Paragraph: Whole of chapter 5
Page Number: 0
Mover: Joe de Bruyn
Seconder: Dave Oliver
Amendment Text:

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Chapter 5: Opportunity and fairness
for working families

 

Introduction

  1. Labor is the party of work and opportunity. We want to spread the dignity and purpose of work and enable all Australians to build a future for themselves and their families. We are increasing workforce participation and building the skills of the future. We are restoring fairness at work and improving work-life balance.
  2. The Australian Labor Party was formed to improve the lives of working people. Early Labor governments transformed wages and working conditions in Australia. Protecting workers’ rights will always be central to Labor’s mission. Now, investing in skills, rewarding personal responsibility and enterprise, enabling time for parenting and family life, and securing a fair and just level of retirement income are also part of Labor’s modern vision.
  3. Australia’s economy and society continue to change. Labor is leading Australia’s transition to a high-skill, high-wage, and diverse and clean energy economy. Labor is responding to the challenges of an ageing society and the desire of Australians to have greater choice and control over their lives. Labor’s workforce strategy is to create a strong and sustainable economy, provide the support and incentives to get people off welfare and to build the skills of our future workforce. Labor’s approach is a bringing together of collective action and individual empowerment. It is forward looking but grounded in the needs and aspirations of today’s working families.

Labor values

 

4.      Labor believes that fairness in the workplace is fundamental to a fair society and that one of Australia’s greatest achievements is the progress over successive generations in improving the working conditions and entitlements of working Australians. Fairness at work is a core value in a modern, prosperous society. It is a key determinant of living standards, financial security and the ability of Australians to make plans for their future.

5.      Labor believes in the dignity and purpose of work. We believe jobs and job security promote social and financial wellbeing, stable family life and strong communities. Labor is committed to lifting workforce participation and to achieving full employment, meaning everyone who wants to work is supported and able to find a job in a reasonable period of time.

6.      Labor believes everyone deserves fair access to the economy. This defines Labor’s approach to employment services and welfare reform. It means fully understanding the barriers that prevent people getting a job and designing programs to overcome them. It means reforming and modernising services to meet the needs of today’s jobseekers.

7.      Our approach is to create better opportunities that require greater responsibility. Labor believes that those who can work should work, and government has a responsibility to provide support and opportunity to people to enable them to meet their obligations. In the context of an ageing society, and a skills shortage, we cannot afford to have people out of work who could be contributing to our economy and future prosperity. Labor is committed to ending the cycle of welfare dependency where successive generations of families are left to languish on welfare. Strong requirements will ensure that opportunities for training and work experience are taken.

8.      Labor is committed to helping Australians get the skills they need to find jobs and to meet industry needs now and in the future. Economic growth means more demand for skills not just in mining and construction, but across the economy. We are investing in the skills required for clean energy and new technology industries and in training the next generation of trades- people that are vital to our domestic and industrial infrastructure. Labor is taking a whole economy approach to building the skills of Australia’s future workforce.

9.      The way that work is structured affects the broader wellbeing of individuals and families, in particular how they balance responsibilities at work and with their families, such as raising children or caring for relatives. Labor is committed to improving work-life balance. Labor supports initiatives to improve the balance between work and family life, including flexibility for employees to combine work and family responsibilities, take personal leave for caring responsibilities and the right not to have to work excessive and unsociable work hours. Labor upholds the right of all working families to be able to access common leisure time on significant holidays for the Australian community.

10.  Labor is committed to building a modern, fair and flexible workplace relations system. Labor believes that a flexible and fair workplace relations system based on a skilled workforce, secure employment and increased productivity is a key element of a modern, prosperous Australian economy and is essential for building and sustaining prosperity for all Australians.

11.  Labor believes workplace relations should be based on harmonious and productive relationships between employers and employees. Workplace relations laws should be balanced and should promote fairness, flexibility, productivity, job security, employment growth and good wages and working conditions.

12.  Labor believes that the best outcomes for both employees and employers come about through cooperation at the enterprise level. Industrial relations laws should encourage productive workplace relations by fostering collective bargaining, particularly but not only at the level of individual enterprises, and recognising the right of employees to collective bargain with their employer about wages, conditions, job security and related matters.

13.  Labor believes all employees are entitled to a strong safety net of fair, relevant and enforceable minimum standards, consisting of ten legislated National Employment Standards, and a modern award system (including minimum wages).

14.  Labor believes that employees have fundamental democratic rights to representation in the workplace, that employees have a right to freedom of association and that employees’ rights to organise and be represented by a union must be respected, including the right to access to representation at work via an effective union right of entry regime in reasonable locations and at appropriate times.

15.  Labor supports international labour standards and their effective implementation in Australia and supports the International Labour Organisation in its objective of promoting decent work for all and raising labour and social standards.

16.  Labor believes that employees are best represented in their workplace through membership of their relevant union and that unions and union delegates have an important role to play in giving employees a voice at work, building harmonious and productive workplaces, facilitating workplace change, resolving disputes as they arise, improving occupational health and safety, and improving access to ongoing training opportunities.

17.  Labor believes it is essential that balance in the workplace is achieved through an independent umpire to ensure the fair and effective resolution of disputes, to ensure the fair application of workplace laws and to act in the national interest when required.

18.  Labor is committed to building retirement income security for all Australians, including by building on the universal superannuation system established by previous Labor governments in cooperation with the union movement and business organisations. Labor supports that any increase in the rate of compulsory superannuation should not result from any trade off in real wage increases for workers.

19.  Labor believes the level of work-related injuries and illness remains unacceptably high and is committed to creating safer workplaces and ensuring that injured workers are entitled to compensation and assistance.

20.  Labor believes that Australia’s trade unions, as the legitimate representative of the workforce, should be fully consulted and involved across a range of industrial, economic and social issues. Accordingly, Labor in government will aim to include unions along with business, community and other appropriate interests in constituted boards, committees and consultative bodies that provide advice to the government.

Labor achievements

Participation and skills

We have:

  • through strong economic management, ensured Australia has one of the lowest unemployment rates compared to the major advanced economies
  • secured high workforce participation – since November 2007 the participation rate has remained at or around record high levels
  • introduced Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme and extended rights for unpaid parental leave in the National Employment Standards
  • overhauled our job services network to focus squarely on getting people off welfare and into jobs, providing more help for people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians and those with severe barriers to employment
  • built 100 trade training centres that will help meet the skills shortage and train the next generation of trades-people
  • introduced Learn or Earn which guarantees every young Australian under age 25 a training place if they are not already in full-time education or work
  • increased support to families by up to $4000 to encourage teenagers aged 16 to 18 to remain in school or TAFE
  • uncapped Disability Employment Services to give more people with disability access to employment services
  • changed income-support arrangements for people with disability to provide more incentives to engage in work
  • established Jobs Services Australia and succeeded in placing more than 680,000 Australians into jobs
  • introduced stricter rules for job seekers that are focused on encouraging greater participation and engagement
  • improved incentives in the tax system. The change to the Low Income Tax Offset will mean more immediate rewards to work for low and middle-income earners. Phasing out the Dependent Spouse Tax Offset for taxpayers with a dependent spouse who turned 40 on or after 1 July 2011 will reduce disincentives to work
  • invested $3 billion in a new Building Australia’s Future Workforce package. This package provides immediate skills assistance to industry and apprentices and sets the path for meeting medium- term skills needs. It complements the new assistance and responsibilities for groups with lower participation levels to take up work.

Industrial Relations

We have:

  • abolished the hated WorkChoices laws that stripped away pay and conditions and have replaced them with a balanced industrial relation system that returns fairness to our workplaces
  • created an industrial system that works well, with low unemployment, sustainable wage growth, low levels of industrial disputation and record levels of collective agreement making
  • ended AWA individual contracts that undermined the pay and conditions of hardworking Australians
  • established Fair Work Australia, an independent umpire to help employees and employers resolve disputes at the workplace
  • broadened the definition of pay equity so that it did not simply provide equal pay for equal work but provided equal pay for work of equal or comparable value, so that discrimination does not have to be proved as grounds for bringing a case forward
  • provided a fair, relevant and enforceable minimum safety net for Australian employees comprising ten National Employment Standards and a modern award system
  • introduced an obligation to bargain in good faith and a new ‘better off overall’ test to make sure workplace agreements leave workers better off;
  • restored protection from unfair dismissal to 2.8 million Australians. Seven million employees are now eligible for unfair dismissal, compared with 4.2 million under Work Choices
  • streamlined and strengthened general protections for workers with the freedom to choose to be represented in the workplace.

Labor priorities

 

From welfare to work

21.  Despite strong economic growth, not all groups and regions are sharing equally in rising prosperity. Jobless families, single parents, disengaged young people and people with disability can all benefit from the opportunities provided by a strong economy. Labor is assisting more Australians to participate through a combination of incentives, supports and responsibilities. Labor has introduced measures to get more Australians into the workforce or to undertake activities that will improve their future employment prospects. Labor is improving incentives to work by:

  • rewarding work through fairer income tests and employer incentives
  • providing new opportunities to encourage more people into work through training, education, childcare and employment services
  • introducing new requirements for teenage parents, long-term unemployed people and Disability Support Pension recipients
  • introducing new approaches to address entrenched disadvantage in targeted locations.

22.  Labor is also improving workforce participation by:

  • connecting people with jobs to support unemployed job seekers to relocate
  • investing in more help for mature age workers to provide up to $4000 to mature age people undertaking skills assessment and training to support up-skilling
  • introducing stricter rules for job seekers to increase engagement with employment services.

23.  Labor is restructuring income support for single parents to promote and support participation. From 1 January 2013, single parents on Newstart Allowance will get to keep an extra $3900 per year through a more generous income test. At the same time, grandfathering will be phased out for Parenting Payment recipients when their child turns 12 to more closely align their eligibility with other recipients. Labor will also provide extra support for single parents including through training and career.

24.  Labor is reforming participation requirements for Disability Support Pension recipients aged under 35 years with an assessed work capacity of eight hours or more per week. Labor is also increasing the number of hours recipients can work and remain eligible for the Disability Support Pension. We are also making the Disability Support Pension assessment process more rigorous and accurate. Higher wage subsidies are also being introduced to reward employers who hire people with disability for at least 15 hours per week.

25.  Labor is supporting more young people into work, education or training through:

  • extending ‘Earn or Learn’ requirements to those aged 21, part of broader changes to Youth Allowance
  • funding activities for Early School Leavers to help them develop basic employability skills
  • increasing Family Tax Benefit Part A for dependent 16-19 year olds in full time secondary study, to help families meet costs and support their teenagers to stay in school
  • a new Indigenous Youth Career Pathways Program that will provide school-based traineeships to help the transition from school into further education or work.

26.  Labor is not giving up on people who have been out of the labour market for a long time. Labor is providing wage assistance to reward employers who give a very long-term unemployed person a job and is funding increased work experience requirements from six months to 11 months a year.

27.  The benefits of economic growth are uneven and entrenched disadvantage is concentrated in some areas. Labor is taking a new approach to disadvantaged locations. In ten locations, teenage parents on income support will have to agree to a participation plan focused on the parent attaining Year 12 and school readiness for their children. Jobless families in these locations with young children will be required to participate in interviews and workshops to improve school and employment readiness. Labor is also extending income management to five more sites and is trialling innovative service delivery.

28.  Labor will continue to implement major reforms to employment services, to provide greater access to assistance and more support for job seekers to gain the skills needed to fill vacancies. Labor will also provide a greater focus on individualised and personalised employment services, ensuring that job seekers have pathways to employment that suit their circumstances and needs.

29.  Labor will put in place new incentives to ensure job seekers are equipped with the quality skills and training required to meet the labour needs of employers. Labor’s employment services policies will work in conjunction with training policies and programs, with additional new training places targeted towards those sectors of the economy which are experiencing ongoing skills shortages, enabling redundant workers to retrain in areas of skill need.

Paid parental leave

30.  Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme was introduced by this Labor government on 1 January 2011. Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme is helping new parents stay connected with the workplace when they take time off to care for a baby. Labor recognises the new dynamics of Australian families – mothers wanting the flexibility to move in and out of the workforce as they have their children, fathers wanting a more hands on role in raising their families.

31.  Labor’s Paid Parental Leave scheme supports eligible parents to receive up to 18 weeks Paid Parental Leave at the National Minimum Wage, currently around $590 per week, giving them the financial security to take time off work to spend with their newborn babies. The scheme is available to full-time workers, casual workers, part-time workers, the self employed and contractors and parents have the flexibility to transfer or share leave between them.

32.  Labor recognises that Paid Parental Leave also assists employers to retain skilled staff. A national paid parental scheme is helping boost productivity, allowing parents to maintain their skills, maintain a connection to their profession and workplaces, and transition from work life to family life more easily. This national Paid Parental Leave scheme has brought Australia into line with the rest of the developed world and secured a new benefit that will help new mothers, working families, and the national economy.

33.  Labor is building on Australia’s first, national Paid Parental Leave scheme by expanding the scheme to include a dedicated payment for fathers and other partners. Eligible working fathers and other partners will have access to two weeks Fathers and Partner Pay at the national minimum wage, which is currently about $590 a week before tax for a child born or adopted from 1 January 2013. This new entitlement will give fathers and other partners financial support to take time off work to support new mothers and be involved in the care of their new baby right from the start.

34.  Labor believes that childcare and parental leave are important means of removing barriers to entry to work and of boosting productivity for working people of child bearing age. Labor will seek to ensure that parents have access to affordable and quality childcare, and in doing so will consider what taxation, superannuation, work and industry arrangements are optimal for that purpose.

35.  Labor will encourage employers and employees to adopt flexible working arrangements to accommodate unpaid caring work.

36.  Labor will encourage more employers to top up the earnings of workers receiving Paid Parental Leave so that they can enjoy their regular income and entitlements while on parental leave.

Investing in skills and social mobility

37.  Labor believes education and training is the bedrock of increased social mobility in Australia. Through acquiring knowledge and skills, our citizens can improve their work opportunities and their living standards, and contribute to a more prosperous, productive Australia.

38.  Our Building Australia’s Future Workforce package is putting industry at the heart of the training effort to help meet emerging skills shortages. Central to this package is a National Workforce Development Fund that will deliver around 130,000 high-quality training places directly tailored to industry needs. The training will require co-investment from industry, recognising the shared responsibility for training between the government and industry.

39.  The fund will be supported by the establishment of the new National Workforce and Productivity Agency from 1 July 2012. The agency will work closely with industry to identify skills needs and build a more skilled and capable workforce.

40.  Labor has a fresh vision for skills – a high-quality and responsive training system that meets the longer term labour demand needs and sustains economic growth. Labor is setting tougher new reform standards through the National Agreements for Skills and Workforce Development. This will include increasing the focus on higher level training and aligning effort with economic needs.

41.  We are also investing in a smarter apprenticeship scheme that works for more Australians. While many Australians start an apprenticeship, less than half of those complete them. Labor is providing funding to support mentoring, progression and completions. An expansion of the Apprenticeship Access Program will also assist vulnerable job seekers to take on an apprenticeship. Labor is also investing in services to improve the basic employment skills of jobs seekers which will provide 30,000 additional places in the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program. Labor is committed to attracting and retaining apprentices. Labor recognises that current wage structures are an impediment to attracting and maintaining apprentices and supports a review of those arrangements through Fair Work Australia’s review of training wages.

42.  Labor has also committed to delivering:

  • 130,000 more quality training places – industry-driven, to better match skills with demand
  • updated apprenticeships – with $101 million in funding to mentor apprentices and changes to the system to let apprentices progress as their skills increase, rather than time served
  • reforms to make work pay for jobseekers with a disability and single parents, by allowing them to keep more of their payment if they work more
  • removing the incentive for young people to go on the dole early – because we believe they should either be learning or earning
  • funding wage subsidies for the long term unemployed and disabled – along with extending work experience and work for the dole to 11 out of 12 months of the year for those who have not worked for more than two years.

Indigenous economic development and participation

43.  Labor has committed to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians by 2018.

44.  Labor is committed to improving employment opportunities and the job readiness of Indigenous Australians. Labor has reformed the employment services system, the Community Development Employment Projects program and the Indigenous Employment Program to ensure more Indigenous Australians have the skills needed to gain employment. Labor will support government programs that create more economic development opportunities for Indigenous Australians, including using government purchasing to connect Indigenous Australians with those opportunities.

45.  Labor supports those Indigenous leaders who have called for an end to the cycle of welfare dependency and for new approaches to Indigenous economic development and participation.

46.  Labor is committed to building and supporting the economic independence of Indigenous Australians and through our Indigenous Economic Development Strategy will provide a pathway for Indigenous Australians to have the same opportunities as all Australians – to get an education, find a job or start their own business, own their own home and provide for their families.

47.  Labor is committed to driving up Indigenous employment rates, and is achieving good results through the Job Services Australia system, reform of the Community Development Employment Projects program and Indigenous Employment Program.

48.  Labor believes in supporting Indigenous business and is leading the way through procurement reform, building both individual and community wealth as well as supporting the employment of Indigenous Australians.

49.  Labor will:

  • support 100,000 Indigenous Australians to find and keep a job by 2018 to meet our Closing the Gap target
  • reform employment and participation services in remote areas to ensure that those who are able to work are supported to train and find work
  • reform welfare services to require those who are able, to seek and accept employment
  • work with businesses, including in remote communities, to create employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians
  • ensure that participation programs in remote communities focus on skill-formation and are not a substitute for real employment
  • support the growth of the Indigenous business sector
  • ensure that the Council of Australian Governments investment is used to leverage Indigenous employment and business outcomes.

People with disability and mental illness

50.  Labor is also creating incentives and opportunities for people with disability to participate in the paid workforce, through engagement with the private and non-government sectors.

51.  Labor is implementing a national mental health and disability employment strategy, outlining measures to help increase the employment rates of Australians with mental health conditions and disabilities, including giving priority to employment programs specifically designed to work in close collaboration with the mental health and disability services.

52.  Labor has undertaken significant reform of the Disability Support Pension to reward effort and initiative for those who can work, and to ease the pressure on the system which supports those who can’t.

  • we have streamlined assessment processes and are now fast-tracking people who are clearly or manifestly eligible due to a profound disability or terminal illness – so they receive financial help quickly and aren’t bogged down by unnecessary assessments
  • we have introduced more rigorous assessment procedures for people, whose circumstances aren’t clear cut, introducing compulsory interviews and participation plans for people on disability support pension who are under 35 who are able to work at least eight hours a week, so that we can support them on the path to employment
  • we are re-writing the old and out-of-date medical tables used to rate the severity of a person’s impairment, which were last reviewed in 1993. From January 2012 the impairment tables used to assess the extent of disability will focus more on what a person can do rather than what they can’t
  • we have removed the cap on access to disability employment services
  • we are investing an extra $50 million in personal helpers and mentors to work jointly with employment services to help DSP and other income support recipients with mental illness into the workforce
  • we are providing greater incentives for disability pensioners to give work a go, by allowing DSP recipients to work up to 30 hours a week without losing their pension
  • we are working with employers through new wage subsidy programs to create more job opportunities specifically for people with disabilities to help break down the barriers to employment.

53.  Labor recognises that Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service Australia plays an important role in providing a comprehensive service assisting job seekers with a disability or mental illness nationally. Labor is committed to ensuring that the Commonwealth remains a key provider of these services and to CRS Australia remaining a viable Commonwealth entity.

 

Creating fair workplaces

54.  Labor’s commitment to fairness in the workplace is reflected in its commitment to a fair, relevant and enforceable safety net for all working people, the right to organise and representation, the right to collective bargaining in good faith, the right to equal pay for work of equal or comparable value, protection from discrimination in employment, protection from unfair dismissal, entitlement to redundancy pay, security of entitlements and access to an independent umpire to assist in resolving disputes. These measures are important to ensuring that the Australian belief in the fair go is reflected in our working lives.

55.  Labor will build on the foundations it established through the abolition of WorkChoices and the building of a new, fair and flexible industrial relations system that has stopped Australian Workplace Agreements, introduced the “better off overall test” that protects employees from losing basic entitlements without compensation, and built a decent safety net.

56.  At the foundation of Australia’s workplace relations system is the right for employees to organise into a union, and to join together to bargain in good faith for decent pay and conditions, generally at the enterprise level or by agreement with more than one employer. Labor believes this is the best means to ensure fair and productive workplace relations, providing flexibility for both employers and employees. Recognising that one size does not fit all, Labor has also provided the flexibility for employers who have an especially close connection to apply to bargain together. However, recognising that bargaining at the enterprise level is not always efficient, possible or appropriate, Labor has provided scope for multi-employer bargaining, Labor has ensured that working Australians can bargain collectively about all matters relevant to their working lives.

57.  Labor also understands that for most workers, their individual bargaining power is limited and that their best chance for achieving fair and decent outcomes is to combine with their fellow workers and act collectively to advance their interests. Labor is committed to a workplace relations system that supports and respects the role of trade unions in our nation’s workplaces especially the work of the union delegate. Labor supports measures to assist delegates to organise and effectively represent employees, including access to paid training leave.

58.  Labor believes in the fundamental right of employees to organise and to bargain collectively. Where a majority of employees want to bargain, employers must respect this. Once a bargaining process has commenced, all parties must engage in bargaining in good faith. While primary responsibility for resolving disagreements should exist at the workplace level, the independent umpire will be able to enforce orders to bargain in good faith. Labor believes all employees and employers, in every workplace, are entitled to the same basic rights and responsibilities.

59.  Labor supports the system of modern industry awards that provide fair and relevant minimum standards for Australian workers. Labor is committed to a modern award system that is simpler and more relevant to the workplaces of the 21st century, while also addressing the needs of workers in different industries and occupations.

60.  Labor believes that the primary responsibility for resolving disputes about the operation of agreements resides with those covered by an agreement. Labor will support the inclusion of genuine dispute resolution procedures in agreements to deal with those circumstances where such disputes cannot be resolved through discussion, conciliation or mediation.

61.  Labor is committed to helping young parents with raising children and assisting in managing work and family responsibilities, through the provision of paid parental leave, rights to unpaid parental leave of up to two years, the right to request working on a part-time basis or other flexible work arrangements and the right to work reasonable but not excessive hours.

62.  Labor also recognises that although some parents would prefer to stay at home and care for their children on a full-time basis when their children are pre-school age, many cannot afford this option. Labor will work to ensure that parents can exercise this choice. Labor recognises that employees with caring responsibilities for other dependants require assistance in managing their work and caring roles. Labor will examine the desirability of extending flexible work entitlements to all carers.

63.  Labor will strive to ensure that the right to request changes to working arrangements to meet caring responsibilities is equitable for all employees. Labor is committed to ensuring that the right to request provisions operate effectively and will consider evidence and options for further enhancements where employers unreasonably refuse employee requests for changes to working arrangements to meet their caring responsibilities.

64.  Labor acknowledges the fact that low paid workers in key industries often do not have access to bargaining or are not able to benefit from bargaining, Labor is committed to a low-paid bargaining stream in which workers who are substantially reliant on the safety net are able to participate in bargaining, with the involvement of third parties where relevant, through a special authorisation from the independent umpire.

65.  Recognising the opportunity which collective bargaining provides to build fair, productive and rewarding workplaces, Labor agrees that the post-implementation review of the Fair Work Act should also consider the need for possible amendments to the Act to increase the take up of bargaining in those workplaces and/or industry sectors which currently do not have enterprise agreements or have low levels of bargaining.

66.  Labor recognises the importance of job and income security for working people and in ensuring a stronger and fairer society. Labor is committed to ensuring that Australia’s workplace relations system balances the needs of business with the important social and economic need of creating and sustaining good, secure jobs. In particular, employees should not bear an unfair share of the risks associated with changes in industries or sectors

67.  Labor is committed to the maintenance of Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure that workplace laws are understood and implemented. Labor believes these bodies provide practical, quick and low-cost assistance to help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities.

68.  In delivering a modern workplace relations system, Labor will:

  • continue to work with state governments to achieve referrals of power or other forms of harmonisation to achieve a truly national workplace relations system for the private sector
  • undertake education activities to ensure employers and employees understand and comply with their rights and obligations under the new system, including programs directed at young workers and people living in regional and rural areas
  • support the provision of education and training to employers, employees and unions aimed at achieving cooperative and harmonious workplace relations, improved workplace productivity and effective resolution of disputes at the workplace level
  • examine additional measures to support the activities of workplace delegates in dispute resolution, bargaining, skills development and productivity improvements as well as access to information and support from their union in the workplace
  • consider additional measures to promote and ensure good faith bargaining in workplaces including the development of guidelines on good faith conduct in negotiations that allow access to and assistance from the independent umpire to resolve disputes.
  • promote better skilled and secure jobs through industry driven workforce development research and planning. Labor will established the new Productivity and Workforce Development Agency as an authority on workforce development policy advice and to conduct skills and workforce research, including into the quality and security of jobs and the future working life in Australia 
  • ensure that all employees and employers have equal access to assistance from the independent umpire to resolve disputes, including disputes about the making and operation of agreements, and including by requiring that dispute resolution procedures in agreements provide for arbitration as the final stage where such disputes cannot be resolved through discussion, conciliation or mediation.
  • recognising that the speedy and effective resolution of disputes is an essential feature of any fair and flexible workplace relations system, the review of the Fair Work Act will consider whether the independent umpire requires additional powers to deal with protracted and/or intractable bargaining disputes and there is no reasonable prospect of reaching agreement, including in relation to the making of workplace determinations.
  • ensure that the current operation and scope of modern awards, collective agreements and contracts of employment are sufficient to ensure that workers have the enforceable protections of the relevant industrial instrument regardless of the legal identity of their employer
  • strengthen the laws which prohibit sham contracting
  • work with unions and employers to ensure that employees have access to adequate information on their workplace rights, relevant industrial agreements, occupational health and safety and other employment information
  • work with unions and employers to ensure employers respect all workers’ right to join a union without hindrance or discrimination, and assist with workers joining through utilisation of modern payment methods such as direct debit
  • work with state and territory governments to achieve a national minimum standard for long service leave to form part of the National Employment Standards and facilitate schemes that provide portability of entitlements between employer.
  • work with state and territory governments to ensure consistent treatment of public holidays, including the issue of the treatment of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day where they fall on weekends
  • seek to address the gender pay gap, which remains unacceptably high. In particular when Fair Work Australia is conducting periodic reviews of modern awards it will be required to take into account the principle of pay equity
  • encourage secure work, reasonable hours of work and work arrangements that assist employees to meet their family responsibilities
  • encourage and support employers and unions to develop working time arrangements that are consistent with employees’ preferences and needs, reduce excessive working hours, maximise employment creation and help employees meet their family responsibilities
  • provide wage levels for apprentices and trainees that fairly balance the need for a living wage with the need to encourage employers to train the next generation of skilled employees
  • consult and work with unions, employers and community organisations to remove obstacles to the employment of people with disabilities
  • protect vulnerable seafarers in the coasting trade and promote fair labour standards in the Australian shipping industry
  • support the work of the International Labour Organisation, particularly within our region, to improve international labour standards and champion respect for internationally recognised workplace rights
  • abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and ensure that the new Fair Work Building Inspectorate provides a balanced and effective compliance regime, which will provide procedural and substantive fairness to all parties in the construction industry.

69.  Labor recognises that industrial tribunals have traditionally provided a low cost forum to resolve day to day workplace grievances. Labor’s regime of dispute settlement provides for assistance from Fair Work Australia, informal small claims procedures in the courts and enforceable undertakings to the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure that effective, low-cost, informal and prompt resolution of disputes continues as a feature of our workplace laws.

70.  Labor will in consultation with business, unions and other stakeholders monitor the implementation of its workplace relations laws in practice to:

  • address any unintended consequences
  • measure their effectiveness in promoting cooperative and productive workplaces and fairness and representation at work
  • monitor the operation of the laws to ensure the use of individual flexibility arrangements are mutually beneficial.

Outworkers

71.  Labor recognises the disadvantaged position of outworkers in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear sector. Outworkers require specific regulatory protection in order to control the exploitative conditions under which they are employed.

72.  Labor is committed to urgently securing the passage into law of the Fair Work Amendment (TCF Industry) Bill 2011 in order to provide that outworkers are employed under secure, safe and fair systems of work by ensuring:

  • outworkers will have nationally consistent rights to legal redress and protection that are of no lesser standard than that currently applying in state outworker legislation
  • an end to the artificial distinction between so called ‘employee’ outworkers and ‘contract’ outworkers by deeming all outworkers to be employees
  • that the special Right of Entry provisions regarding Outwork in the TCF industry apply to sweatshop workers.

73.  In order to participate and take a lead role in global efforts to end the exploitation of home- based workers, Labor will accede to the ILO-C177 Home Work Convention, 1996, Convention Concerning Home Work.

A national agenda for workplace safety and workers’ compensation

 

74.  Labor is committed to building on the significant progress that has been made towards establishing national occupational health and safety laws.

75.  Labor will advance its workplace safety agenda through Safe Work Australia, the national body overseeing the development of model occupational health and safety laws.

76.  Labor believes that every workplace injury is preventable and is committed to the highest possible standard of workplace safety and will support industry, employers, unions and workers to reduce workplace risk, hazards and injury.

77.  Labor will work cooperatively with the states and territories to harmonise occupational health and safety frameworks, including the Commonwealth’s own activities, to reflect best health and safety practice within Australia consistent with the best international standards.

78.  .Labor believes that injured workers must be supported by a compensation scheme that is both fair and financially sound. To achieve this, Labor is committed to improving the Comcare scheme to ensure that injured workers have appropriate workers’ compensation coverage and benefits

79.  Where the Commonwealth already regulates private sector OHS and workers’ compensation in the shipping, offshore oil and gas, and stevedoring industries, Labor will make further efforts to eliminate regulatory uncertainty and dual jurisdictional involvement in consultation with states and territories and key industry stakeholders recognising the potential of a national regulatory framework.

80.  Labor will work with farm organisations, unions and across governments to develop tripartite codes of practice for workplace safety on farms, fishing vessels and in forests. Where codes fail to improve safety on farms, government will introduce appropriate regulation. Labor also supports research into farm safety and supports measures to raise the profile of farm safety.

81.  Labor notes there is evidence of a clear link between certain commercial practices in the road transport industry and poor safety outcomes. Low rates of pay and practices such as fining drivers for missing delivery slots contribute to excessive driving hours, overloading and speeding. The resulting vehicle accidents bring trauma and cost to the entire community.

82.  Labor welcomes the government’s decision to enact legislation for the Road Safety Remuneration System to protect owner drivers and employees in the road transport industry by working with the industry to implement reforms that will establish and maintain safe rates, conditions and payment systems for employees and owner drivers. The system will be able to respond to changes in industry conditions and will provide an effective means of resolving disputes. The system will cover all parties in the transport supply chain and be accompanied by a strong and effective education and enforcement regime.

83.  Labor is committed to tripartite oversight of workers’ compensation and workplace safety systems and will ensure that unions, governments and employers are appropriately represented. In light of the terrible legacy that asbestos has had on the Australian community, Labor is committed to the development of a national strategy and plan to improve asbestos awareness, management and removal from the built environment. The Government has established the Asbestos Management Review to develop the strategy.

84.  Labor will work with states and territories to ensure all Australians workers are protected from exposure to asbestos related disease (ARD). Labor will also work in a co-operative manner with international labour organisations and countries to ensure workers across the world are protected from ARD.

85.  Labor will work to ensure that the regulation of all chemicals in Australia is consistent, and reflects world best practice, in order to provide the highest level of protection to the community, workers, and the environment. To this end, Labor will ensure the efficient and timely assessment of all chemicals, and require safety data to be complete, up to date, and comprehensive (including the nano forms of bulk chemicals). Labor will also work toward ensuring that risks posed by chemicals are reduced.

Protecting the entitlements of all employees

86.  Labor believes that times of economic uncertainty underscore the need for adequate social safety nets and for the protection of employee entitlements.

87.  Labor believes that all employees should be protected from unfair dismissal, not only to prevent workers being sacked for no good reason, but also because giving supervisors and employers the right to hire or fire at whim tilts the balance of power in the workplace against employees and can contribute to a culture of intimidation and bullying.

88.  Labor believes that employees have a basic right to redundancy pay, as reflected in the National Employment Standards and subject to variation in awards or enterprise agreements. Redundancy pay can cushion individuals and families from the immediate financial impact of the loss of work and are especially important during a period of economic downturn.

89.  The Global Financial Crisis and subsequent developments also underscore the importance of the protection of employee entitlements in circumstances of company collapse.

90.  Labor is committed to the implementation of a fair and enforceable entitlements scheme that provides the most effective mechanism to protect all employee entitlements. To protect employees from the risk of market and company failure, Labor will:

  • Legislate to give effect to the Fair Entitlements Guarantee which protects workers’ entitlements to redundancy pay (up to four weeks per year) and all annual leave, notice long service leave and up to three months unpaid wages.
  • introduce an improved ranking of employee entitlements relative to other creditors, ensuring that employers and directors meet their responsibilities, and ensure that any burden placed on taxpayers is reasonable
  • make additional amendments to corporations law to ensure compliance in relation to the recovery of employee entitlements including prohibitions on corporate or director conduct undertaken to or which has the effect of preventing recovery
  • ensure there is an obligation on employers to make proper provisions for employee entitlements
  • take special steps to protect those most vulnerable to the changes in industries – school leavers, apprentices and trainees, the newly unemployed (especially older people), the long-term unemployed and those in vulnerable regions
  • continue to develop mechanisms to protect workers superannuation.
  • provide new training opportunities to Australians who are vulnerable to unemployment
  • encourage and support employers, unions and employees to work together to find creative and flexible ways of supporting jobs and keeping employees in work during periods of economic downturn

91.  Labor laws will ensure that a transfer of business, corporate restructure, phoenixing or insourcing or outsourcing arrangements are not able to be used as a means of avoiding the obligations in an enterprise agreement or modern award or the Fair Work Act.

92.  Labor will facilitate schemes that provide portability of leave entitlements between employers where those entitlements would otherwise be lost to the employee.

 

 

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Amendment 450A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Page Number: 102
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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delete “Labor has already committed $690 million to regional higher education, training and research infrastructure through the Education Investment Fund and is building on existing investments to provide further support for our regional students who remain under-represented in higher education.”

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Labor believes that government has a clear responsibility to ensure that all students have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities. Labor will give priority to this imperative in collaboration with state and territory governments, education authorities and the teaching profession, to ensure that support for teachers to develop and improve is enhanced and teachers can achieve the highest standards of professional practice.




Amendment 451A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 2
Page Number: 101
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Labor has always been the party of educational opportunity. We see education as the great enabler that helps individuals achieve their full potential, gives our industries the knowledge and skills they need to innovate and become more productive, and promotes social mobility and social harmony. Successive Labor governments have established and invested in education at all levels: early childhood, the primary and secondary years, Vocational Education and Training and tertiary. Labor is continuing this tradition and lifting the quality and equity of education at every level.




Amendment 452A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: 63
Page Number: 0
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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The apprenticeship system of the 21st century will need to adapt to the changing structure of the workforce by improving the form, structure and duration of apprenticeships and traineeships. We are committed to consulting further to identify additional opportunities to align the Australian apprenticeships system with the needs of the economy.

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The apprenticeship system of the 21st century will need to adapt to the changing structure of the workforce by improving the form, structure and duration of apprenticeships and traineeships. Labor appointed an Expert Panel to provide advice on reform options for the Australian Apprenticeships system. The Apprenticeship Reform Package that formed part of Building Australia’s Future Workforce is our initial response to the Expert Panel’s recommendations. We are committed to consulting further to identify additional opportunities to align the Australian apprenticeships system with the needs of the economy.




Amendment 453A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 454A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 455A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Page Number: 104
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 456A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 457A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 458A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
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Page Number: 104
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
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Amendment 459A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: dot point 9
Page Number: 104
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
Amendment Text:

Page 104, dot point 9:

delete “delivering outcomes for students. It also includes”, insert “improving participation in higher education and”

Original Paragraph dot point 9:

Preamble:




Amendment 460A

Chapter: 7 – A world-class education for all Australians
Paragraph: dot point 13
Page Number: 104
Mover: Chris Evans
Seconder: Jacinta Collins
Amendment Text:

Page 104, dot point 13:

delete “The Labor Government has brought forward the comprehensive review of the student income support package of reforms.”

Original Paragraph dot point 13:

Preamble:




Amendment 462A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 7
Page Number: 133
Mover: Sean Leader
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Change all references to “sexual orientation,” to include the words “gender identity,”

Original Paragraph 7:

Labor is committed to democratic and accountable government. This means upholding the highest standards of transparency and probity in the conduct of government and public services. It means a vital role for our public media and broadcasting in informing and educating our citizens. Labor also believes an effective democracy requires a healthy civil society. Labor supports the development of the community and not-for-profit sectors, voluntary groups and methods to increase direct public involvement in decision-making and governance.




Amendment 463A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 62
Page Number: 143
Mover: Tim Jacobson
Seconder: Chris Brown
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 62 as follows:

 Labor will support service providers to better develop, train and employ disability care workers and is committed to addressing attraction and retention of the disability services workforce. Labor believes in a strong and sustainable disability sector, and will work with staff and providers to improve sector capacity ahead of the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme to ensure quality standards are maintained and enhanced including:

  • enhancing skill levels and continuing professional development of the workforce;
  • ensuring employment standards are protected and maintained through the NDIS funding mechanisms;
  • supporting sector group employment and training models that enhance job security and work with the sector to minimise the spread of casualised work;
  • maximising funding to direct client services rather than administrative and brokerage costs.

 

Original Paragraph 62:

Labor will support service providers to better develop, train and employ disability care workers and is committed to addressing attraction and retention of the disability services workforce. Labor believes in a strong and sustainable disability sector, and will work with staff and providers to improve sector capacity ahead of the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.




Amendment 464A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 189
Page Number: 160
Mover: Melissa Parke
Seconder: Christopher Tallentire
Amendment Text:

Add at the end of the paragraph “Labor will establish at a federal level an independent Office of Animal Welfare to monitor, investigate and be able to make recommendations to government regarding matters impacting on animal welfare across all areas of animal use.”

Original Paragraph 189:

Labor believes that all animals should be treated humanely and will work to achieve better animal welfare through harmonisation of relevant Federal, State and Territory laws and codes to ensure consistent application and enforcement of animal protection statutes.


Resolution 465R

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Mover: Lisa Singh
Seconder: Julia Mason
Resolution Text:

National Conference strongly supports the development of the National Cultural Policy directed towards innovative cultural and economic progress. The National Cultural Policy will increase support to emerging artists, musicians, writersand other creative practitioners.

The National Conference calls on the Australian Labor Party to:

  • recognise, through the National Cultural Policy, the contribution that creative and cultural industries make towards:
    • sustainable employment;
    • social inclusion; and
    • social and cultural connectivity.
  • support the development of local content, including production in regional areas, to tell local stories and foster community cohesion.




Amendment 466A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 145
Page Number: 154
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Replace 149 with:

To support Australia’s strong border security regime, Labor will maintain:

  • an architecture of excised offshore places;
  • the non-statutory processing on Christmas Island of persons who arrive unauthorised at an excised place, except where other arrangements are entered into under bilateral and regional arrangements.

 Labor is united in its commitment to prevent further loss of life at sea of vulnerable children, women and men.

Where the Australian Government is unable to implement arrangements that might be entered into under bilateral and regional arrangements, Labor is committed to:

  • mandatory detention for initial health, security and identity checks for asylum seekers who arrive by boat;
  • using all available instruments under the Migration Act including community detention and bridging visas;
  • ensuring asylum seekers on bridging visas have access to the right to work and basic  health and support services; and
  • moving to a single protection visa process for asylum seekers who arrive by boat, using the current onshore arrangements for application and independent review through the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT).

Such arrangements will result in asylum seekers who arrive both by air and sea being treated the same when it comes to the processing of their claims and access to support while on bridging visas.

Original Paragraph 145:

To support Australia’s strong border security regime, Labor will maintain:

  • an architecture of excised offshore places

  • the non-statutory processing on Christmas Island of persons who arrive unauthorised at an excised place.




Amendment 467A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 133
Page Number: 153
Mover: Robin Rothfield
Seconder: Shannon Fentiman
Amendment Text:

Add the following sentence at the end of paragraph 133:

“Labor will take all reasonable steps to ensure that minors are not incarcerated in adult prisons.”

Original Paragraph 133:

Labor supports the sentencing principle of prison as a last resort and the appropriate use of noncustodial sentencing options for all offenders. Labor recognises that the way in which the criminal justice system treats juvenile offenders greatly influences whether they will re-offend. The incarceration of juveniles should be a last resort, and all efforts should be made to divert children from long-term involvement in the criminal justice system.




Amendment 469A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 79
Page Number: 0
Mover: Linda Burney
Seconder: Verity Firth
Amendment Text:

Additional dot point

  • recognise that rural and remote communities have significant Aboriginal populations.

Change dot point 9 to:

  • make specific efforts to reduce the rate of youth suicide in rural communities, especially among young Aboriginal people and young males.

 

 

Original Paragraph 79:

Labor will:

  • continue to invest in training the regional and rural health workforce

  • increase local governance of health services through Local Hospital Networks and Medicare Locals

  • focus on providing opportunities for students to train in regional and rural areas, to encourage them to return to those areas once their training is completed, and to foster an appreciation of the challenges and rewards involved in practicing in areas of need

  • continue to invest in programs designed to bolster the health workforce in rural and regional areas

  • provide greater education and professional support to rural doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals to reduce the pressure they currently experience

  • support measures to encourage doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other crucial health professionals to relocate and remain in rural and remote communities

  • continue to invest in infrastructure to expand hospitals, primary health facilities, training facilities and other health services in regional Australia

  • provide Medicare rebates for regional Australians to access specialist doctors via TeleHealth services, benefiting from Labor’s investment in the NBN

  • make specific efforts to reduce the rate of youth suicide in rural communities, especially among young males

  • protect remote public hospital services through the allocation of block funding for services with low levels of activity

  • expand the number of sub acute beds available in regional Australia through Multi-Purpose Services facilities

  • address practical barriers to access to mental health and dementia care services for those living outside urban areas, including through provision of services where people live, or nearby, rather than hundreds of kilometres away in regional cities

  • improve coordination between public, private and non-government health care providers including the Royal Flying Doctor Service.




Amendment 470A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 128
Page Number: 152
Mover: Phillip Boulten
Seconder: Linda Scott
Amendment Text:

In128 after the words “given a fair trial” add the words “including, in the ordinary course, the right to see and hear the evidence against them”.

Original Paragraph 128:

Labor is committed to the rule of law and basic principles of justice including that people accused of a criminal offence are not compelled to incriminate themselves; that they are not subject to prolonged detention without charge; that they are given a fair trial; that people charged with serious criminal offences are provided with legal representation if they are unable to afford legal representation of their own; and that evidence obtained illegally, by torture, coercive techniques or by improper investigative practice is inadmissible.


Resolution 471R

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Mover: Matthew Loader
Seconder: Linda Scott
Resolution Text:

That Labor will seek to promote greater harmony between Australians of diverse and varied cultural and religious backgrounds and will engage with communities to identify areas of discrimination or disadvantage being experienced, with a view to crafting appropriate policy interventions.




Amendment 472A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 6,7,9,13,15,
Page Number: 156
Mover: Sam Dastyari
Seconder: David Feeney
Amendment Text:

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That National Conference amend the National Constitution as follows:

 

Rule B.6(k)(i)

 

Insert the words “Labor Policy Action Committees,” after “Federal Electorate Councils,” so that the Rule reads:

 

(i)      give the following bodies three months’ notice to send items to the National Policy Committee: State Branches, Australian Young Labor, Federal Electorate Councils, Labor Policy Action Committees, and trade unions whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a majority of States in which they operate, all of which shall have the right to submit items to the National Policy Committee. Bodies so submitting items to the National Policy Committee shall be notified in writing of the Committee’s views on such items;

 

Rule B.7(e)(v)

 

Omit the words “a National Policy Committee.” Insert instead “appoint twenty trade union representatives to the National Policy Forum.”

 

Rule B.9(b)

 

Omit the subsection. Insert instead:

 

(b)     The candidate first elected is National President, the candidate second elected is National Senior Vice President, and the candidate third elected is National Junior Vice President. The term of office for each position starts at the commencement of National Conference, and ends at the commencement of the next triennial National Conference.

 

 


 

Rule B.13

 

Omit the section. Insert instead:

 

National Policy Forum

 

13     Objectives

 

•(a)          The National Policy Forum has the following objectives:

(i)      to facilitate policy debate and development amongst the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Party members and affiliates,

(ii)     to provide a framework for the partnership between the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party and the wider labour movement,

(iii)    to provide guidance on the causes and aspirations of the modern Labor movement,

(iv)    to oversee the National Secretariat’s policy initiatives,

(v)     to include Party units, Party members and affiliates in the debate on the direction of the Party,

(vi)    to maintain the relevance of the National Platform by conducting reviews,

(vii)   to take into account all policy resolutions passed by State and Territory Conferences,

(viii)  to undertake long-term planning for the implementation of Labor policy, and

(ix)    to provide leadership on matters of public concern and interest.

 

          Membership

 

•(b)          The National Policy Forum consists of the following voting members:

(i)      the National President and Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, who are co-chairs,

(ii)     two Deputy Chairs, elected by National Conference,

(iii)    one Secretary, elected by National Conference,

(iv)    the National Secretary,

(v)     two Assistant National Secretaries, appointed by the National Secretary,

(vi)    the President of Australian Young Labor,

(vii)   twenty federal members of parliament, including representatives from the Cabinet and Ministry, elected at the beginning of each federal parliamentary term by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party according to the principles of proportional representation (‘MPs and Senators’),

(viii)  twenty people who are financial members of an affiliated union and financial Party members, elected every three years by the National Executive according to the principles of proportional representation (‘trade union representatives’), and

(ix)    twenty financial Party members, each of whom is a member of a local branch, elected every three years according to the principles of proportional representation by Party members with one year of continuous financial membership prior to the date of calling for nominations (‘rank and file representatives’).

 

•(c)          The twenty rank and file representatives are to be divided amongst the State and Territory Branches in the following way:

(i)      any State or Territory that has less than five per cent of House of Representatives electorates is allocated one rank and file representative,

(ii)     any State or Territory that has less than ten per cent but greater than or equal to five per cent of House of Representatives electorates is allocated two rank and file representatives, and

(iii)    the remaining rank and file representatives are allocated to the remaining States and Territories according to the relative proportion of House of Representatives electorates in those States and Territories.

 

•(d)          Only Party members who live in the State or Territory for which rank and file representatives are being elected may vote in a ballot to select rank and file representatives for that State or Territory.

 

•(e)          Each State and Territory Branch must determine the ballot method for electing rank and file representatives in its jurisdiction.

 

•(f)            The rank and file representatives for each State and Territory must be elected separately, in a single ballot for each State and Territory Branch.

 

•(g)          The National Policy Forum members elected under subsections (b)(vii), (b)(viii), and (b)(ix) must consist of at least 40 per cent women and at least 40 per cent men in accordance with the principles in Rules B.10(a) and (b). If these requirements are not met, the Returning Officer must adjust the selection result under subsection (b)(ix) to give effect to these requirements.

 

•(h)          State and Territory Branches may require that at least 40 per cent of their rank and file representatives are enrolled in an electorate that is not ‘inner metropolitan’ as defined by the AEC.

 

•(i)            If there is a tied vote in the National Policy Forum, the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party has the casting vote.

 

•(j)             The National Policy Forum may co-opt any person as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Forum as a whole or a Policy Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities

 

•(k)          The National Policy Forum is responsible for:

          (i)      keeping our platform relevant by conducting Platform Reviews,

          (ii)     leading Party debates by forming Policy Commissions, and

          (iii)    providing advice to the National Conference and National Executive on any matter of policy.

 

•(l)             The National Policy Forum must:

          (i)      maintain a quorum of a majority of members in order to meet,

          (ii)     meet at least three times per year,

          (iii)    hold at least one meeting outside a capital city each year, and

          (iv)    decide which of its meetings, or parts of meetings, are open to the wider Party, general public and media.

 

          Platform Reviews

 

•(m)        During each Federal Parliamentary term, the National Policy Forum must undertake a complete review of the National Platform, and recommend platform amendments to the National Conference.

 

•(n)          The National Policy Forum must involve Caucus Committees in any review of the sections of the platform that fall within their policy areas.

 

Policy Commissions

 

•(o)          The National Policy Forum may at any time form a Policy Commission to consider matters referred to it by the:

          (i)      Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, or

          (ii)     National Executive.

 

•(p)          Policy Commissions must consist of nine voting members from the National Policy Forum. Three of the members of a Policy Commission must be MPs or Senators, three must be trade union representatives, and three must be rank and file representatives.

 

•(q)          The members of a Policy Commission must be elected by a ballot of the whole National Policy Forum.

 

•(r)            A Policy Commission’s membership must satisfy affirmative action requirements. If these requirements are not met, the Returning Officer must adjust the election result to give effect to these requirements.

 

•(s)          Policy Commissions must elect two co-chairs from amongst their nine members. One of the co-chairs must be an MP or Senator, and one must be a rank and file representative.

 

•(t)            The National Policy Forum may appoint other Party members as non-voting members of a Policy Commission.

 

•(u)          The Policy Commission may issue a majority and minority report to the National Policy Forum.

 

•(v)           Any report or recommendation of a Policy Commission must be considered and decided upon by the National Policy Forum before being transmitted to the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party and/or the National Conference for approval.

 

          Resources

 

•(w)         The National Secretary may appoint a National Policy Forum Co-ordinator to provide administrative support to the National Policy Forum.

 

•(x)           The National Executive must allocate the National Policy Forum a budget each year that includes funding for editorial support. The Secretary of the National Policy Forum must administer the National Policy Forum’s budget.

 

•(y)           To the extent that they are applicable, the National Policy Forum must operate according to the standing orders and procedures of the National Conference.

 

•(z)           The National Policy Forum may adopt procedures to assist in fulfilling its objectives and responsibilities, so long as they are not inconsistent with any express provisions of the National Constitution.

 

 

Consequential amendments:

 

Replace all references to the “National Policy Committee” with “National Policy Forum”.

 

Replace all references to the National Policy Committee where it is referred to as the “Committee” with “Forum”.

 

 


 

Rule B.15

 

Omit subsection (d). Insert instead:

 

(d)     It is a requirement of Party rules that members either correctly enrol with the Australian Electoral Commission to vote in a federal election at their stated address, or not be eligible to do so because they are under 18 years of age or not an Australian citizen. If members are enrolled to vote, and they join a branch, sub-branch or other party body that has specific geographic coverage under State or Territory Branch rules, they must do so using the address at which they are enrolled to vote.

 

Omit subsections (e), (f) and (g). Insert instead:

 

(e)     Applicants must personally apply for membership by:

•(i)            Signing their own membership application and organising to post the form back to the State or Territory Branch office with the membership fee, or

•(ii)          Signing their own membership application and personally attending the State or Territory Branch office to submit the application and pay the membership fee, or

•(iii)        If their State or Territory Branch rules currently permit, signing their own membership application and arranging a person to attend the State or Territory Branch office on their behalf to submit the application and their membership fee (identification is necessary), or

•(iv)         Completing an application form online and paying their membership fee by electronic funds transfer from their personal account, or with their personal credit card, or

•(v)           If their State or Territory Branch rules permit, personally attending their local branch meeting and paying their membership fee to the Secretary during the meeting. The money must be receipted to the member and the member’s attendance recorded in any attendance book. The Secretary must forward the money to the State or Territory Branch office along with the signed application form.

 

(f)      Members must personally renew their membership by:

(i)      any of the means in subsection (e), or

(ii)     by phone using their personal credit card, or

(iii)    by signing a standing authority for the renewal of their membership and payment of their membership fees by electronic funds transfer from their personal account, or with their personal credit card.

 

(g)     Notwithstanding subsection (f), a person’s membership may also be renewed by a family member resident in the same household.

 

(h)     Members who apply for membership by completing an application form online must not receive voting rights in any election unless:

(i)      they vote in person, with proof of address and photo ID,

(ii)     they comply with the maximum possible relevant State or Territory eligibility requirement for ‘length of membership’, in order to give effect to the principle that no member who applies online may receive voting rights for any election in a shorter period than any member who applies through a local branch, and

(iii)    they comply with the relevant State or Territory eligibility requirement for ‘branch attendance’ if the election is for Party Conference delegates or candidates for public office.

 

 

Consequential amendments:

 

Renumber subsequent provisions in Rule B.15 accordingly.

 

Rule C.13(a):

 

Insert after subsection (a)(iii):

 

(iv)    Labor Policy Action Caucuses or equivalent policy structures.

 

Omit the words “However, any attendance requirements in State and Territory Branch rules will continue only to be met through attendance at geographically based local branches.”

 

Rule C.13(e):

 

Omit subsection. Insert instead:

 

(e)     MPs and State and Territory Branches should respond to correspondence from Party members and Party units promptly, so that Party members know their contribution has been considered. Before visiting an electorate, ministers and shadow ministers should notify the relevant Party units in that area.

 

Rule C.14:

 

Omit subsections (a) and (b). Insert instead:

 

(a)     State and Territory Branches should model their policy committees on the National Policy Forum to the extent that they should incorporate:

 

(i)      a formal parliamentary component,

(ii)     a trade union affiliate component, and

(iii)    a link to grass-roots members and grass-roots policy structures.

 

(b)     All Party members should be eligible to attend State and Territory Policy Committee meetings to contribute specialised knowledge and expertise on policy issues. Policy committees should, where feasible, conduct forums and consultations in regional centres.

 

Existing Rule C.15:

 

Omit subsection (d). Insert instead:

 

(d)     In order to ensure that candidates and MPs fulfil local responsibilities, State and Territory Branches should:

 

          (i)      develop a system for reporting the activities of MPs to their federal electorate bodies, and

          (ii)     introduce Public Office Selection Forums for all lower house candidates.

 

          All eligible voters and financial Party members who live in the electorate for which a lower house candidate is being selected should be eligible to attend and participate in a Public Office Selection Forum.

 

Public Office Selection Forums should be held on the day of voting. They should consist of formal speeches by the candidates and small group question and answer sessions.

 

New Rule C.15:

 

After C.14: State and Territory Policy Committees, insert new Rule C.15:

 

Policy Development

 

15     Online branches

 

(a)     The National Secretariat should establish a National Online Policy Branch.

 

(b)     Attendance at the National Online Policy Branch does not satisfy attendance requirements for voting in Party elections, unless a State or Territory Branch’s rules expressly provide that it does.

 

          Grass roots policy structures

 

          (c)     State and Territory Branches must investigate new grass-roots policy structures.

 

          (d)     State and Territory Branches are encouraged to provide for the establishment of a ‘Labor Policy Action Caucus’ or ‘Labor PAC’ where a group has:

 

                   (i)                30 financial Party members (or some other number as determined by the relevant State and Territory Branch),

                   (ii)     a patron from both the state and federal parliamentary caucuses, unless otherwise determined by its Administrative Committee, and

                   (iii)    a statement of its name, objectives and rules, approved by its Administrative Committee.

 

          (e)     Labor PACs should enjoy the same level of support from State and Territory Branch offices that constituent units enjoy in that State or Territory. In particular, they should be permitted to:

 

(i)      promote policy forums in Party publications and bulletins,

(ii)     put motions directly to Party conferences, the National Policy Forum, and State and Territory Branch policy committees, and

(iii)    convene meetings and functions.

 

          (f)      Labor PACs should in no way supplant local branches, many of which continue to provide Labor with a vital link to their communities. Rather, Labor PACs should be a complementary initiative. No powers or resources should be given to Labor PACs that are not also given to local branches.

 

          (g)     Party officials should support these new arrangements. As PACs mature and become part of the party’s structures, party officials should:

 

(i)      list Labor PACs on application forms for membership (so new members can sign up to them immediately), and

(ii)     provide administrative support for elections and the maintenance of membership lists, as they do for local branches.

 

          (h)     The administrative, financial and fundraising regimes that govern Labor PACs should be determined by each State and Territory Branch.

 

          Engagement between MPs and members

 

(i)      Except in an election year, ministers and shadow ministers should participate in at least three of any of the official policy engagements each year that are attended by 30 or more Party members or affiliated union members. Of these:

 

          (i)      at least one should be in a non-metropolitan area,

          (ii)     at least one should be online, and

  • (iii) for federal ministers or shadow ministers, at least one should be outside their home State or Territory.

 

 

Consequential amendments:

 

Renumber subsequent provisions in Part C accordingly.

 

 


 

Rule C.16:

 

After C.15: Preselections, insert new Rule C.16:

 

Community Preselections

 

16     (a)     State and Territory Branches may trial community selection ballots when selecting lower house candidates.

 

          (b)     Australian Labor:

 

                   (i)      recognises that each State and Territory Branch will approach preselections differently,

                   (ii)     supports State and Territory Branches that undertake a trial of community selection ballots when selecting candidates, and

                   (iii)    asks State and Territory Branches that undertake community selection ballots to report to the National Executive on the outcome of the trial.

 

          (c)     To vote in a community selection ballot, any person who is not a financial Party member, must be correctly enrolled in that electorate, and must first sign a declaration stating that they:

 

                   (i)      are a Labor supporter, and

                   (ii)    are not a member of another political party or one of its affiliated organisations.

 

          (d)     State and Territory Branches should determine the model and procedures to be used in any community selection ballot in their jurisdiction.

 

 

Consequential amendments:

 

Renumber subsequent provisions in Part C accordingly.

 

Rule C.19:

 

Omit the section. Insert instead:

 

All State and Territory Branch rules must be revised in accordance with these National Principles of Organisation as amended at the National Conference held in December 2011, and be submitted to the National Executive for endorsement no later than 31 December 2013.

 

 

Original Paragraph 6,7,9,13,15:

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  1. National Conference shall consist of 400 delegates, comprising:
    1. three delegates being the National President and National Vice-Presidents

      elected under rule 9(a);

    2. four delegates being the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary

      Labor Party and the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Party in the Senate;

    3. six delegates elected from and by the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party;
    4. delegations from each State consisting of:
      1. the State Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 12 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that State as at the

        previous 31 December;

    5. delegations from each Territory consisting of:
      1. the Territory Parliamentary Leader,
      2. a base component of 2 persons, and
      3. a supplementary component of a number of persons equal to twice the

        number of House of Representatives electorates in that Territory as at the

        previous 31 December; and

    6. three delegates from Australian Young Labor.
  2. State Secretaries and members of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party who are not

    delegates to National Conference shall be able to attend National Conference with the

    rights of delegates except that of voting.

  3. All members of the State or Territory Branch shall be eligible to be elected as delegates

    from that State or Territory.

Proxy Delegates

    1. Each State shall be entitled to a minimum of two proxies up to a maximum equal

      to half the State’s delegation.

    2. The credentials for State Branch proxies shall be circulated in advance and

      accepted at the commencement of the Conference and no other proxies may

      be admitted.

    3. It is the responsibility of each State delegation to ensure that the Chair is advised

      of all changes of delegation during the Conference. No proxy shall participate in

      the debate of a report in which the delegate he/she is replacing has participated.

    4. State and federal Leaders may each nominate one proxy subject to paragraph (ii)

      above. Such proxies must be a member of the relevant parliamentary party.

  1. All delegates must be elected by a system of proportional representation in a single

    ballot with affirmative action in accordance with rule 10.

  2. Delegates shall be elected within 12 months prior to the date of National Conference.
  3. State Branches cannot bind delegates with regard to their vote on any issue before the

    National Conference.

  4. National Conference shall be held every three years in a location determined by the

    National Executive which shall have the responsibility for determining the time of the

    National Conference.

  5. Special National Conferences may be held for specially stated purposes and shall be

    called in the manner prescribed by these Rules.

    1. The National President and National Vice-Presidents need not be delegates to

      National Conference, but have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

    2. The National Secretary shall not be a delegate to National Conference, but shall

      have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting.

  6. The National Secretary, after receiving instructions from the convening authority, shall

    observe the following procedure for the purpose of establishing the Conference

    agenda:

    1. give the following bodies three months notice to send items to the National Policy

      Committee: State Branches, Australian Young Labor, and Federal Electorate

      Councils, and trade unions whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a

      majority of States in which they operate, all of which shall have the right to submit

      items to the National Policy Committee. Bodies so submitting items to the National

      Policy Committee shall be notified in writing of the Committee’s views on such

      items; and

    2. send to State Branches and other bodies represented at National Conference,

      agenda and any other documents related thereto at least one month before

      Conference meets.

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  1. The National Executive of the Party, which shall be the chief administrative authority

    subject only to National Conference, shall be constituted in the following manner:

    1. the National President and National Vice-Presidents, who are directly elected by

      Party members in accordance with rule 9(a), have the full rights of a delegate

      except that of voting, unless elected as a delegate in their own right;

    2. 20 executive members elected by the National Conference;
    3. the National Secretary, who shall be elected by the National Conference, shall not

      be a delegate but shall have the full rights of a delegate except that of voting;

    4. the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party or proxy nominated by the

      Leader. Such proxy must be a member of the Federal Parliamentary Party;

    5. State Secretaries who are not delegates to the National Executive shall be able to

      attend National Executive meetings with the rights of delegates except that of

      voting; and

    6. Delegates shall be entitled to nominate their proxy for any meeting or

      part of a meeting that they are unable to attend and for any ballot in

      which they are unable to vote.

    1. The terms of all those elected by the National Conference shall commence at the

      conclusion of the National Conference at which they are elected. They shall be

      subject to re-election at each Conference except the National Secretary who shall

      be subject to re-election at every second Conference.

    2. Casual vacancies will be filled by the National Executive in accordance with the

      principles of proportional representation.

    3. Casual vacancies for the positions of National President, National Vice-Presidents

      and National Secretary shall be filled by a ballot of the National Executive and the

      National Executive Committee shall institute procedures to hold a ballot.

  2. Powers and Duties of the National Executive

  3. Decisions of the National Executive are binding on all sections and

    members of the ALP subject only to appeal to National Conference.

    Pending the hearing of any appeal, the decision of the National

    Executive continues to operate.

  4. Subject only to National Conference, the National Executive may

    exercise all powers of the Party on its behalf without limitation,

    including in relation to the State Branches and other sections of the

    Party.

  5. Without limiting the plenary powers of the National Executive under rule 7(d), the National Executive:
    1. is the administrative authority of the Party responsible for:
      1. carrying out the decisions of National Conference;
      2. interpreting the National Constitution, the National Platform and decisions of National Conference; and
      3. directing federal members;
    2. must convene triennial National Conferences in accordance with these Rules;
    3. may convene Special National Conferences for specified purposes;
    4. must convene a Special National Conference for a specified purpose when requested by a majority of State Branches;
    5. must elect a National Executive Committee and a National Policy Committee;
    6. may elect such other committees as it may determine from time to time;
    7. must consider any matter submitted to it by a State Branch, Australian

      Young Labor, the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party or a trade union

      whose State branches are affiliated with the Party in a majority of

      States in which it operates (in this rule "affiliated organisation");

    8. may hear and decide appeals from any affiliated organisation or

      individual member against a decision of a State Branch alleged to be

      inconsistent with any national decision or matter; and

    9. may hear and decide appeals by any person seeking to be a candidate for

      a federal election against a decision of a State Branch affecting that

      person's preselection.

  6. Without limiting the plenary powers of the National Executive under

    rule 7(d), if in the opinion of the National Executive any State Branch

    or section of the Party is acting or has acted in a manner contrary to

    the National Constitution, the National Platform or a decision of

    National Conference, as interpreted by the National Executive, the

    National Executive may:

    1. overrule the State Branch or section;
    2. intervene in the State Branch or section, and take over and direct the conduct of its affairs; and
    3. conduct any preselection that would otherwise have been decided by the State Branch or section.
  7. The National Executive must meet at least three times each year.

    Subject to the National Executive, the National Executive Committee is

    responsible for convening meetings of the National Executive.

    1. The National Executive may meet by telephone and other

      electronic means provided each member who wishes to participate in the

      meeting is able to clearly and simultaneously communicate with every

      other such member.

    2. A resolution agreed to in writing by all voting members of the

      National Executive has the same effect as a resolution passed at a

      meeting of the National Executive. In this rule "writing" includes

      emails, faxes and other electronic means of representing or reproducing

      words in a visible form.

    3. The National Executive may conduct elections by postal vote.

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  1. The National President and 2 National Vice-Presidents must be directly elected from

    and by Party members in the 12 months before each triennial National Conference in

    a single ballot by proportional representation with affirmative action in accordance

    with rule 10.

    1. The candidate first elected holds office in turn as National President, National

      Junior Vice-President and National Senior Vice-President.

    2. The candidate second elected holds office in turn as National Senior Vice-

      President, National President and National Junior Vice-President.

    3. The candidate third elected holds office in turn as National Junior Vice-President,

      National Senior Vice-President and National President.

    4. The term of office in each position is 12 months, beginning at the commencement

      of National Conference or on the anniversary of that date, except that the term of

      office in the third position ends at the commencement of the next triennial

      National Conference.

  2. The National President, when available, will chair National Conference and meetings of

    the National Executive, and conduct such meetings in accordance with the National

    Conference Standing Orders. The National President will carry out any other duties

    referred by the National Executive.

  3. The National Vice-Presidents in order of seniority will take the Chair in the absence of

    the National President, and carry out any other duties referred by the National

    Executive.

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  1. At its first meeting after each triennial National Conference, the National Executive must appoint a National Policy Committee consisting of a Chair, Deputy Chair and seven other members, all of whom have considerable experience in policy development.
  2. The Committee will be responsible for:
    1. coordinating development of the Party Platform;
    2. conducting ongoing reviews of the Platform;
    3. preparing the draft Platform for consideration by National Conference;
    4. actively participating in the formulation of policy at National Conference;
    5. taking into account all policy resolutions passed by State and Territory Conferences;
    6. considering all policy resolutions sent to it by State and Territory Policy Committees and other constituent units; and
    7. in conjunction with State and Territory Policy Committees, conducting regular policy forums in which rank and file participation is encouraged.
  3. The Committee has power to co-opt non-voting members with particular expertise to the Committee when examining specific policy areas.
  4. The Committee will work closely with the convenors of the State and Territory Policy Committees, and will be resourced by the National Secretariat.

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  1. It is an abuse of Party rules for an individual or group/s to fund Party membership for

    other individuals or groups of individuals who would otherwise be unwilling to pay their

    own subscriptions.

  2. It is an abuse of Party rules for an individual or group/s to encourage reduced-rate

    membership to people that may not be eligible for that category of membership.

  3. It is an abuse of Party rules for an individual or group/s to recruit members who do not

    live at the claimed addresses in an attempt to gain advantage at local Party meetings

    or the outcome of Party ballots.

  4. It is a requirement of Party rules for members, where eligible, to join or transfer to the

    branch or sub-branch which has geographical coverage, in accordance with State or

    Territory Branch rules, of the address at which the member is enrolled to vote.

    Members must, at the time of joining or transferring to the branch or sub-branch, either

    be correctly enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission to vote in a federal

    election at their stated address or not be so entitled because they are under 18 years

    of age or not an Australian citizen.

  5. It is a requirement of the Party rules for members to personally apply for membership

    and renew membership by signing their own membership application or renewal form

    and either:

    1. organising to post the form back to State Branch office with an appropriate fee;
    2. by personally attending the State Branch office or arranging a person to attend

      on their behalf and paying their membership fees (identification shall be

      necessary); or

    3. subject to the rules of a State Branch, by personally attending their local branch

      meeting and paying their fees to the Secretary during the meeting. In this regard,

      the money shall be receipted to the member and the member’s attendance

      recorded in any attendance book. The Secretary shall forward such moneys to

      the State Branch office along with the signed membership renewal forms.

  6. A Party member may also renew their membership by phone or the internet using their

    personal credit card or by signing a standing authority for the renewal of membership

    via their personal credit card or bank account.

  7. Notwithstanding the above, a Party member’s membership may also be renewed by a

    family member resident in the same household.

  8. All records associated with the payment of membership fees shall be available to any

    full-time officer of the State Branch upon request.

  9. In order to prevent the “bulk renewal” of other members, the National Executive must

    prescribe membership application and renewal forms for use by all State and Territory

    Branches that:

    1. require the signature of the applicant or member authorising the application or

      renewal; and

    2. contain a declaration by any applicant or member paying a reduced-rate

      subscription that they are entitled to that reduced rate. The declaration must also

      indicate the basis on which the member is claiming this entitlement. State or

      Territory Branches may also set standard requirements of evidence to be met by

      members claiming this entitlement.

  10. All State and Territory Branches must implement an appropriate cap or limitation/review

    procedure relating to the number of members that may validly apply to join the ALP at

    a local branch or sub-branch meeting. Members who seek to transfer into a branch or

    sub-branch shall be included/counted for the purposes of determining the number of

    members to which the cap or limitation applies.

  11. Involvement in such abuses will be considered as behaviour likely to bring the Party

    into disrepute and will result in disciplinary action which may include expulsion under

    the rules of the Party.

  12. All State and Territory Branch rules must, where necessary, establish a tribunal to

    effectively resolve disputes concerning membership. All State dispute tribunals will

    operate according to due process and according to the national membership

    principles and rules.

  13. All State and Territory Branch rules must contain a procedure that permits a decision to

    admit a person as a Party member to be reviewed, where there is an allegation that the

    person was ineligible to become a Party member.

  14. All State and Territory Branch rules must permit 50 members or 25% of the members in

    a federal electorate, whichever is the lesser, to petition the Administrative Committee or

    State Executive to investigate any allegations of breaches of this rule in that electorate.

  15. In order to ensure that these rules are given effect, the State and Territory Branches of

    ALP be required to amend, where necessary, their rules to reflect these National Rules.

    Such amended rules will be presented to the National Executive no later than 1

    November 2003.

  16. The National Executive must continue:

    (i)

    to monitor and enforce compliance with this rule; and

    (ii)

    to review the operation of this rule to ensure the integrity of the Party’s

    membership processes.

  17. All States and Territory Branches must provide to the National Executive a complete

    current Branch membership list by no later than 31 July of each year.




Amendment 473A

Chapter: 4 – A clean energy future
Paragraph: 13
Page Number: 0
Mover: Greg McLean
Seconder: Russell Atwood
Amendment Text:

A Clean Energy Euture

Part 13 

New sentence in for dot point 3 “in such cases labor will work with industry and the relevant unions to ensure proper processes are in place to manage employee related issues”

Original Paragraph 13:

We will:

  • dramatically cut pollution: our clean energy plan will cut pollution by at least five per cent compared with 2000 levels by 2020, which will require cutting new expected pollution by at least 23 per cent in 2020. By 2050, we are committed to cut pollution to 80 per cent below 2000 levels

  • unleash innovation and investment worth billions of dollars in renewable energy: large scale renewable electricity generation, excluding hydro, is projected to be 18 times its current size by 2050. Total renewable generation, including hydro, will comprise around 40 per cent of generation in 2050

  • transform our energy sector away from high polluting sources, like brown coal. We will seek to negotiate to close down up to 2000 megawatts of high-polluting coal-fired power generation, creating space for new clean energy supplies

  • store millions of tonnes of carbon in land through better land and waste management. Between now and 2050, around 460 million tonnes of carbon pollution will be reduced or stored instead of entering our atmosphere under the Carbon Farming Initiative.


Resolution 474R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Sam Dastyari
Seconder: David Feeney
Resolution Text:

That National Conference make the following recommendations regarding party reform.

That National Conference direct the National Secretariat to publish this resolution as a new subsection 10 in Part E of the National Constitution.

(1)          Broaden the Party by recruiting 8,000 new members

The Party’s most critical connection to the community is its members.

Yet in recent decades the Party has endured a steady decline in membership. This decline is the great organisational challenge of our generation. Strong member participation is the lifeblood of organisations such as trade unions, community organisations, faith-based groups and sporting clubs. It is members who provide Labor with its most direct, most fundamental connection to the community.

We were the people’s party, and we need to be again.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard set an ambitious target for Australian Labor to broaden its base by recruiting 8,000 new members in 2012.

National Conference therefore:

(a)          approves Prime Minister Gillard’s target to recruit 8,000 new members in 2012,

(b)          encourages State and Territory Branches to implement a community organising model to empower members and supporters to recruit, organise and campaign locally, and

(c)          encourages State and Territory Branches to report their recruitment figures to the National Executive.

(2)          Reduce excessive membership fees

In some State and Territory Branches, membership fees are higher than for comparable organisations. This discourages the involvement of young people and low-wage workers.

National Conference therefore encourages State and Territory Branches to:

(a)          review their membership fees, and

(b)          consider offering discounts for Young Labor members and affiliated union members, where they do not already do so.

(3)          Launch a National Labor Community Dialogue program

Labor Community Dialogue programs have been launched at a State and Territory level. These programs seek to build stronger links between Labor and the community sector with the objective of:

  • developing broader consultative capacity to support and inform Labor’s policy development,
  • building lasting networks of mutual support for Labor, Labor members, Labor’s elected representatives and the community sector, and
  • enhancing Labor’s presence within the community.

These partnerships are mutually beneficial for Labor and progressive community organisations.

National Conference therefore directs the National Secretariat to:

(a)          launch and provide ongoing support for a National Labor Community Dialogue program, and

(b)          co-ordinate the activities of the National Labor Community Dialogue program with those of Labor Connect to develop a streamlined approach to community outreach.

(4)          Support branches and Labor PACs in working with the community

While many of our Party members volunteer in community and school organisations, branches and formal Party structures can be detached from these groups.

National Conference therefore encourages each branch and Labor PAC to ‘adopt’ a community organisation, and actively engage in that group’s activities and mission.

The branch or Labor PAC could adopt a new organisation each year, while still maintaining links with previous ‘adoptees’, or build an enduring relationship with one group over a number of years.

This proposal will:

  • connect our members with their community in a tangible and meaningful way,
  • enhance the community’s understanding of Labor and our members’ understanding of their community,
  • realise Labor values at a grass-roots level,
  • broaden guest speaker opportunities for the branches and Labor PACs, and
  • extend the community dialogue concept to every member of the Party.

(5)          Strengthen the party’s connections to the union movement

Although trade union members share some of the same values as Labor members, they are often not Party members and often do not vote Labor. To grow our Party, we need to engage, activate and recruit union members.

National Conference therefore directs the National Secretariat to work with affiliated unions to:

(a)          develop a political engagement strategy based on the model already developed by a number of unions, and

(b)          engage union members and encourage them to participate in Party activities.

The 2007 federal election campaign was aided by effective co-ordination between Labor and affiliated unions. It is worthwhile establishing a process to ensure consistency and transparency between Labor and union campaigns.

National Conference therefore directs the National Executive to form a combined Campaign Reference Group with affiliated unions.

(6)          Make voter engagement central to Labor campaigns

As a broad labour movement, we will always be able to activate more supporters than our conservative opponents. We must take advantage of this.

The philosophy is simple: we need to activate more members and connect with more voters more often. By reconnecting with our base through large scale direct voter contact, we can strengthen our membership and our electoral position.

National Conference therefore encourages State and Territory Branches to:

(a)          implement a community organising model to empower and equip members and supporters to recruit, organise and campaign locally, and

(b)          report their budgets and organising activities to the National Executive.

Under this community organising model, Party members will be provided with more resources, training and support, so that they can identify Labor supporters, recruit new members, hold local events, run local campaigns, communicate and  engage with voters, and produce and distribute material.

As part of the community organising model, Australian Labor will expand its direct voter contact system, which was trialled during the South Australian, Victorian and NSW State elections. This will enable members from all over Australia to help on campaigns at the click of a button.

National Conference directs the National Executive to establish an Organising Committee to consider developments in community organising and campaigning, and make recommendations about community organising and campaigning initiatives to the National Executive. The Organising Committee will contain representatives from trade unions, rank and file members, the Parliamentary Party and the organisational wing of the Party, appointed according to the principles of proportional representation.

National Conference directs the National Secretariat to continue to prioritise the upgrades of Electrac and LaborConnect, and investigate further integration with party databases and extranets.

(7)          Support State and Territory Branches considering direct election

To make our Party more active, we need to increase participation amongst rank and file members.

One proposal for strengthening rank and file involvement is to provide the option of directly electing National Conference delegates in a ballot of financial members in an electorate.

Different models for electing delegates to Party conferences are used in different States and Territories. Each of these models reflects the unique political environment in that State or Territory.

National Conference therefore:

(a)          recognises that each State and Territory Branch will approach the election of National Conference delegates differently,

(b)          supports State and Territory Branches that are considering direct election,

(c)          recognises that the National Principles of Organisation require that State and Territory Branch conferences comprise 50% trade union representation, and 50% Party constituency representatives,

(d)          reaffirms that this principle of 50/50 representation must continue,

(e)          affirms that the local determination of National Conference delegates should not come at the expense of trade union representation, and

(f)            affirms that some of the National Conference delegation should continue to be elected in such a way as to ensure the principle of 50/50 representation is maintained

(8)          Increase recognition of member contributions

Australian Labor relies on rank and file members volunteering their time to recruit, organise and campaign for the Party.

To encourage active participation by members, we need to demonstrate that their contributions are valued.

Rank and file member awards have been established at the State and Territory level to recognise dedicated Party members.

National Conference therefore directs the National Secretariat to establish annual national awards to recognise the commitment and service of outstanding Party members.

(9)          Introduce new mechanisms for member feedback

Any successful membership-based organisation must work hard to listen to its members and engage with their thoughts and ideas.

National Conference therefore:

(a)     supports the recommendation in the National Review that calls for the first national survey of members, and

(b)     encourages State and Territory Branches to develop entry surveys and exit surveys for all Party members.

(10)     Support more issues-based activism

The success of ‘Get Up’ and ‘Say Yes’ shows Australians want to engage in issues-based activism, particularly young Australians.

While Labor PACs will provide a formal mechanism for members to mobilise on specific issues, many of our members may:

  • not have the time to be involved in a Labor PAC,
  • be interested in multiple issues, and/or
  • prefer an informal, individual response to issues.

National Conference therefore encourages State and Territory Branches to offer members the opportunity to sign up to become advocates for particular Labor policies.

Members who sign up would be provided with a tool kit of resources, such as talking points and flyers, which they could use to communicate, mobilise third-party advocates and potentially attract new members. Consideration should also be given to providing members with the advice and tools to conduct social media campaigns.

 


Resolution 475R

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Mover: Julia Gillard
Seconder: Jenny Macklin
Resolution Text:

Supporting a National Disability Insurance Scheme

 

Labor believes that all people with a disability have the same rights to health, work, adequate housing, and social participation as the rest of the Australian community.

 

Labor believes that the current system of disability care and support is letting people with disability and their carers down. People with disability do not have access to the level of care and support we expect for them; and the families and carers of people with disability are filling the gaps of unmet need in the system. We believe that people with disability and their carers should have access to the same choices and opportunities to participate in economic, social and community life as other Australians, and that our system of care and support for people with disability should support them to do so.

 

Conference welcomes the release of the landmark Productivity Commission report of 10 August 2011, which recommended the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and a National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) for people requiring lifetime care and support for catastrophic injuries.

 

This conference supports the establishment of a NDIS which would entitle Australians to care and support over the course of their lives in the event of significant disability.

 

An NDIS should provide individualised life-time care and support for people with disabilities from the point of diagnosis, provide choice and certainty and a whole-of-life perspective for people with disability and their carers.

 

Conference also supports the establishment of a NIIS for people who suffer catastrophic injury and calls upon State and Territory Governments to work with the Federal Government to establish a no-fault, federated model to provide fully funded care and support for all cases of catastrophic injury inAustralia.

 

Throughout our history as a party, Labor has invested in strong and innovative social supports, to ensure that no Australian falls through the cracks. Medicare, the minimum wage, the age pension and superannuation are essential pillars of social infrastructure in Australia, delivered by Labor. We understand that a NDIS will build on this legacy and provide an essential pillar of support to Australians with disability, their families and carers. Labor is committed to working to achieve this outcome.

 

Conference commends the leadership of the Gillard Labor Government in the fundamental reform of disability services and recognises that work to lay the foundations for an NDIS and NIIS has begun. Conference also acknowledges the importance of all levels of government, including state governments who have primary responsibility for disability support services, working together to achieve fundamental disability reform.


Resolution 476R

Chapter: 5 – Opportunity and fairness for working families
Mover: Tony Sheldon
Seconder: Paddy Crumlin
Resolution Text:

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AVIATION – QANTAS

Conference notes with dismay Qantas management’s disastrous and unjustified decision to shut down all aviation services without notice on October 29, 2011 and its ongoing objective of cutting Australian jobs in all fields of operation. Qantas management’s decision to outsource or offshore existing work, thereby lowering pay, service standards is fundamentally inconsistent with maintaining a strong Australian national carrier. This year the carrier recorded another record profit of 530 million this year and awarded it’s CEO Alan Joyce a 71% pay increase despite a 71% fall in its share value.




Amendment 477A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 130
Page Number: 152
Mover: Matt Keogh
Seconder: Mark Bishop
Amendment Text:

The legal profession plays a fundamental role in the provision of access to justice. Labor supports the creation of a modern, efficient and accountable national legal services market, regulated by an independant body so as to be fully accountable and maintain the independance of the legal profession.

Original Paragraph 130:

The legal profession plays a fundamental role in the provision of access to justice. Labor supports the creation of a modern, efficient and accountable national legal services market, regulated by an independent body so as to be fully accountable.




Amendment 478A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 142
Page Number: 154
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Replace existing paragraph 142 with the following:

For the Australian people to have confidence and trust in the integrity of our migration system, it must be built upon rigorous procedures and processes which protect our national interest and our national borders while also treating individuals with fairness, dignity and humanity. Labor will conduct an independent review into existing decision making processes under the Migration Act, including primary decisions, merits review and judicial review, with a view to ensuring that principles of procedural fairness, natural justice and genuine independence are upheld. The review will include the interaction between the Migration Act and mainstream administrative law and the operation,structure and efficacy of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal. The review is to be commissioned in the first half of 2012.

To this end Labor will ensure that applications for refugee status are processed speedily, fairly and impartially based on individual merits.

Original Paragraph 142:

For the Australian people to have confidence and trust in the integrity of our migration system, it must be built upon rigorous procedures and processes which protect our national interest and our national borders while also treating individuals with fairness, dignity and humanity. Labor will review existing decision making processes under the Migration Act, including primary decisions, merits review and judicial review, with a view to ensuring that principles of procedural fairness, natural justice and genuine independence are upheld. The review will include the interaction between the Migration Act and mainstream administrative law and the operation and structure of the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal.




Amendment 479A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 146
Page Number: 155
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Replace existing para 146 with

Labor recognises that the phenomenon of people smuggling has a long history arising from the need for people to escape from danger and persecution. Labor also recognises that those who decide to leave a country in perilous circumstances have the right under the Refugee Convention to determine their means of departure.

Recognising the risk to life of people travelling on unsafe,unseaworthy and overcrowded boats, Labor will work with the UNHCR and countries of the region to expedite the claims for refugee status by asylum seekers in the region to eliminate any pull that people smugglers may have over vulnerable protection claimants. 

However, recognising the risk to life of people travelling on unsafe, unseaworthy and overcrowded boats, Labor will;

  • consider introducing further penalties for serious people smuggling offences;
  • ensure repatriation of crew members who are proven to be juveniles. Crew members assessed to be minors will not be held in immigration detention centres or adult prisons.

Labor is committed to ensuring Australia meets its obligations to the maritime principle of safety of life at sea which requires a response to assist in the rescue at sea of vessels In distress.

Original Paragraph 146:

Labor recognises that people smuggling remains a threat to Australia’s border security. Labor will take a zero tolerance approach towards people smugglers engaged in organised transnational criminal activity. To avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, Labor will focus on tackling people smugglers, rather than vilifying their exploited clients.




Amendment 480A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 148
Page Number: 155
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Replace existing para 148 with:

Labor will treat people seeking our protection with dignity and compassion and in accordance with our international obligations and core Australian principles of fairness and humanity.

Original Paragraph 148:

Labor will treat people seeking our protection with dignity and in accordance with the core Australian principles of fairness and humanity.




Amendment 481A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 151
Page Number: 156
Mover: Melissa Parke
Seconder: Doug Cameron
Amendment Text:

Add, at the end of para 151

  • To this end Labor will ensure that applications for refugee status are processed speedily, fairly and impartially based on individual merits.
  • Labor will require the National Security Legislation Monitor to advise on establishing a mechanism for independent review of the adverse security assessments that ensures procedural fairness while recognisng that processes may be required to protect intelligence sources and methodology.
  • Labor will explore options other than indefinite detention including third country resettlement to deal with refugees with adverse security assessments in a way that does not jeopardise Australia’s national security interests.

 

Original Paragraph 151:

For the Australian people to have confidence and trust in the integrity of our migration system, protection claims made in Australia should be assessed and reviewed in a manner which balances efficient decision making with procedural fairness and ensures that our international human rights obligations are met.

  • the assessment and review of protection claims should be underpinned by robust, efficient and transparent processes that ensure fair and consistent outcomes, including access to review and independent advice

  • the assessment and review of protection claims must be independent and free from any political or diplomatic interference

  • the processing of protection claims must be streamlined to improve client service, to enhance the quality of decision-making, to provide more efficient pathways for prompt resolution of visa status and to alleviate the courts’ immigration case-load burden.




Amendment 482A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 145
Page Number: 154
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

replace par 145 with:

To support the integrity of Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Refugee Convention, Labor will bring to an end the architecture of excised offshore places.

The non-statutory processing on Christmas Island of person swho arrive in Australia seeking asylum was created by the Howard Government to avoid Australia’s obligations under the Refugee Convention. It is a legal fiction that Australia is committed to the United Nations Refugee Convention when in this context it is not abiding by its commitment.

Labor will ensure all persons claiming protection in Australia will have their claims processed in Australia by the government in the same way regardless of the manner of their arrival in Australia.

Original Paragraph 145:

To support Australia’s strong border security regime, Labor will maintain:

  • an architecture of excised offshore places

  • the non-statutory processing on Christmas Island of persons who arrive unauthorised at an excised place.




Amendment 483A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 149
Page Number: 155
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Add the following dot points:

Labor recognises that under the Refugee Convention, asylum seekers have the right to seek protection and that it is not an illegal act to seek asylum.

Labor will ensure that asylum seekers who arrive by irregular means will not be punished for their mode of arrival.

Labor will ensure that failed asylum seekers are not deported to countries which are at war or where internal strife is prevalent, and that failed asylum seekers are not removed to a country in which they have no entitlement to be present.

Persons who cannot be returned, for example, stateless persons, will be sympathetically considered for a permanent visa.

For failed asylum seekers deported to their home country or to any other country, Labor will ensure that Australia monitors their wellbeing and reports back to the Minister as well as assist Australian NGOs engaged in such monitoring.

Original Paragraph 149:

Australia will comply with the non-refoulement and all other protection obligations we have voluntarily assumed in signing the Refugee Convention and other relevant international instruments and actively engage in the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other relevant international and regional agencies.

  • Labor will continue Australia’s generous humanitarian program, including providing appropriate support for the travel and resettlement of refugees and others requiring Australia’s protection, and contribute to international aid efforts to alleviate the pressing humanitarian needs of displaced persons

  • Labor will seek to lead debate on the new agreements and understandings required to ensure that the Refugee Convention and the international protection system function effectively over the long-term, including encouraging countries in our region to provide protection to those in need

  • Labor will contribute to the development of further multilateral solutions, recognising the importance of regional neighbours, with the aim of eradicating people smuggling, deterring secondary movement and enabling refugees to access appropriate processing and settlement outcomes.




Amendment 484A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 150
Page Number: 155
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Include the following dot point to replace the existing second dot point:

  • Protection claims made in Australia will be assessed under the Migration Act by the Australian Government on Australian territory and subject to judicial review.

Addthe following dot points at the end:

  • Under no circumstances will Australia abdicate its responsibilities by sending asylum seekers to other countries for detention and/or processing.
  • Australia will not engage in the trading of people, in the swapping of any person in Australia, for refugees waiting in some other country.
Original Paragraph 150:

Labor’s protection policies will be based on the following principles:

  • access to protection in countries of first asylum and transit will be supported so as to reduce pressure for dangerous irregular movement

  • protection claims made in Australia will be assessed by Australians on Australian territory

  • those found to be owed Australia’s protection under the Refugee Convention and other international instruments will be given permanent protection under the Migration Act 1958 and will be provided with appropriate settlement support and services

  • those not found to be owed Australia’s protection under the Refugee Convention and other international instruments will be promptly returned

  • the Temporary Humanitarian Visa will be retained for situations where temporary safe haven is required.




Amendment 485A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 153
Page Number: 156
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Amendment Text:

Add the following paragraphs at the end of 153:

Labor will end the policy imposed by the Howard Government of the linking of protection visas to other classes of visa. Labor will repeal that part of the legislation which creates a nexus between protection visas granted to asylum seekers in Australia and any other class of visa.

Labor will raise the quota for refugee entrants, comprising onshore asylum applicants and offshore refugee resettlement, to 20,000 per annum. In addition, Labor will introduce a separate quota to cater specifically for Special Humanitarian entrants and Refugee Family Reunion, as part of the Family Stream Migration program, in recognition of the importance of family reunion as part of successful refugee resettlement in Australia.

Original Paragraph 153:

Labor recognises that people residing in the community should not be arbitrarily deprived of the right to work while their claim is being processed, as occurs under the 45-day rule. Labor will abolish the 45-day rule and introduce arrangements that reflect relevant international obligations and grant work rights to all people who have actively and genuinely pursued resolution of their claims.


Resolution 486R

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Terri Butler
Resolution Text:

Labor will amend the ASIO Act to include people found to be refugees as people who can apply under existing provisions for review to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. 




Amendment 489A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 150
Page Number: 155
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

REPLACE SECOND DOT POINT:

 

  • protection visa applications made in Australia will be assessed by Australians on Australian territory.
Original Paragraph 150:

Labor’s protection policies will be based on the following principles:

  • access to protection in countries of first asylum and transit will be supported so as to reduce pressure for dangerous irregular movement

  • protection claims made in Australia will be assessed by Australians on Australian territory

  • those found to be owed Australia’s protection under the Refugee Convention and other international instruments will be given permanent protection under the Migration Act 1958 and will be provided with appropriate settlement support and services

  • those not found to be owed Australia’s protection under the Refugee Convention and other international instruments will be promptly returned

  • the Temporary Humanitarian Visa will be retained for situations where temporary safe haven is required.




Amendment 490A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 152
Page Number: 156
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

REPLACE WITH:

 

Exercise of personal Ministerial intervention powers should be limited to cases raising claims that are unique or exceptional for humanitarian or other compelling reasons, and which cannot be appropriately resolved through normal processes. Under legislation passed by Labor, complementary protection claims will be considered by way of the protection visa framework.

Original Paragraph 152:

Exercise of personal Ministerial intervention powers should be limited to cases raising claims that are unique or exceptional for humanitarian or other compelling reasons, and which cannot be appropriately resolved through normal processes which under Labor will include a consideration of any complementary protection claims by way of the protection visa framework.




Amendment 491A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 153
Page Number: 156
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

REPLACE WITH:

 

Labor recognises that people residing in the community should not be arbitrarily deprived of the right to work while their claim is being processed, as occurs under the 45-day rule. Labor has abolished the 45-day rule and introduced arrangements that reflect relevant international obligations and grant work rights to all people who have actively and genuinely pursued resolution of their claims.

Original Paragraph 153:

Labor recognises that people residing in the community should not be arbitrarily deprived of the right to work while their claim is being processed, as occurs under the 45-day rule. Labor will abolish the 45-day rule and introduce arrangements that reflect relevant international obligations and grant work rights to all people who have actively and genuinely pursued resolution of their claims.




Amendment 492A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 160
Page Number: 157
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

REPLACE WITH:

Recognising the inequities of the policy of charging immigration detainees a daily maintenance rate while in immigration detention, Labor has extinguished such detention debts and will oppose any attempts to reinstate this practice.

Original Paragraph 160:

Recognising the inequities the policy causes, Labor will abolish the practice whereby immigration detainees are charged a daily maintenance rate while in immigration detention, and extinguish all existing detention debts.




Amendment 493A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 93-95
Page Number: 148
Mover: Richard Wynne
Seconder: Linda Burney
Amendment Text:

That paragraphs 93 to 95 of Chapter 9 at pages 148-149 be amended to read as follows:

 

93. Labor believes that addressing the housing crisis in remote Indigenous communities is critical to closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Labor recognises that chronic overcrowding, weak tenancy arrangements and poor quality housing stock contribute to the unacceptable levels of disadvantage faced by many Indigenous Australians, particularly those in remote communities.

 

94. Labor will continue to invest in new housing and in refurbishing existing housing stock to address chronic overcrowding in remote Indigenous communities. Through the National Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, Labor has delivered more than 800 new homes and completed refurbishments to 3100 houses since 2009. Labor has also delivered improved tenancy arrangements in remote communities which ensure that responsibilities for maintenance and repair on housing stock are clear and that governments are held to account for maintaining remote housing.

 

95. Labor recognises that many indigenous Australians live in our cities and regional centres, and that the housing challenges faced in these communities differ greatly to those in remote Indigenous communities. Labor will continue to work with Aboriginal owned and controlled housing providers to deliver accessible, affordable, appropriate and secure housing that meets the social, cultural and economic aspirations of Indigenous Australians.

 

96. Labor supports the aspirations of Indigenous Australians, including in remote communities, to home ownership. Labor will continue to work with Indigenous Australians to support this aspiration and increase home ownership rates, and recognises that this may require government support for new approaches to attracting private finance in remote communities.

Original Paragraph 93-95 :

93

Labor believes that addressing the housing crisis in remote Indigenous communities is critical to closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Labor recognises that chronic overcrowding, weak tenancy arrangements and poor quality housing stock contribute to the unacceptable levels of disadvantage faced by many Indigenous Australians, particularly those in remote communities.

94

Labor will continue to invest in new housing and in refurbishing existing housing stock to address chronic overcrowding in remote Indigenous communities. Through the National Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, Labor has delivered more than 800 new homes and completed refurbishments to 3100 houses since 2009. Labor has also delivered improved tenancy arrangements in remote communities, which ensure that responsibilities for maintenance and repair on housing stock are clear and that governments are held to account for maintaining remote housing.

95

Labor supports the aspirations of Indigenous Australians, including in remote communities, to home ownership. Labor will continue to work with Indigenous Australians to support this aspiration and increase home ownership rates.




Amendment 494A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 187
Page Number: 160
Mover: Christopher Warren
Seconder: Meredith Burgmann
Amendment Text:

Add a new dot point (as the second last point) in Clause 187 in Chapter 9:

 

  • measures to ensure Australian stories continue to be created and told by Australian performers and crew in Australian film and television production.
Original Paragraph 187:

In the context of the development of the National Culture Policy, Labor remains committed to:

  • an active role for public arts and culture programs in schools, regional communities, Indigenous communities and throughout our cities and suburbs

  • measures to maximise the participation of all Australians, especially in disadvantaged and marginalised communities, in Australia’s cultural life

  • Supporting and funding the Australia Council as an independent and expert grant making body which works closely with arts organisations and individual artists.

  • ensuring that the Commonwealth maintains and develops the great national collecting institutions, and that they are able to tour their collections to ensure access by all Australians.

  • supporting and financing the film and television industry, encouraging increased private investment, training further talent and assisting market development through Australian local content requirements on free to air and pay television as well as diverse new technologies

  • the role of strong local markets in supporting the development of the Australian music sector. Labor will maintain and strengthen access to local markets and support for independent and emerging artists building overseas careers.




Amendment 495A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: Insert New
Page Number: 173
Mover: Warren Mundine
Seconder: Mark Arbib
Amendment Text:

Add new paragraph after 173: 

“Building on recent reforms to Commonwealth procurement policy including the Indigenous Opportunities Policy and exemption to the mandatory procurement guidelines for Indigenous small to medium enterprises, the Labor Party will continue to use procurement to support the growth of the Indigenous business sector and will urge States and Territories to implement similar reforms to their procurement policies.”

Original Paragraph Insert New:

Preamble:




Amendment 496A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 17
Page Number: 134
Mover: Kate Lundy
Seconder: Chris Bowen
Amendment Text:

Under the heading “Labor Achievements”:

Change fourth last dot point to ‘Developed a new multicultural strategy and established a new independent advisory body on multiculturalism – the Australian Multicultural Council.’

Change third last dot point to ‘Established a National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy, in recognition of the role that an anti-racism strategy can play in protecting a harmonious, multicultural society.’

Add ‘Established an inquiry into responsiveness of Australian Government services to the needs of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.’

Add ‘Developed a Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program to create sustainable opportunities for youth from new and emerging communities to participate in community sport.’

Add – ‘Strengthened the provision of settlement services for new migrants and refugees through the development of a new settlement framework and improved settlement programs.’

Original Paragraph 17:

Labor believes a creative nation is a productive nation. The arts and creative industries are fundamental to Australia’s identity as a society and nation, and increasingly to our success as a national economy. Labor is delivering on election commitments to give more Australians an opportunity to participate in the arts, and develop business and services based on our creative skills and knowledge. Labor will also develop the nation’s first national cultural policy in nearly two decades to build on its proud history of support for the arts in Australia.




Amendment 497A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 20
Page Number: 136
Mover: Kate Lundy
Seconder: Chris Bowen
Amendment Text:

After paragraph 20, add the following new paragraphs, and renumber the subsequent paragraphs accordingly.

21. Labor is committed to combating racism and will respond to expressions of intolerance and discrimination with strength and, where necessary, the full force of the law.

22. Labor promotes, celebrates and values the social, cultural and economic benefits a multicultural society delivers to all Australians.

23. Labor is committed to ensuring government services are more responsive to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse Australians.

24. Labor is committed to a program of continuous improvement for newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants as they build their new lives in Australia, including:

  • Ensuring the provision of practical settlement services, English language tuition, case management where required and encouragement and facilitation for social inclusion, leading to full participation in Australian society;
  • increasing employment outcomes for newly arrived refugees and improving employment participation in the long term.
Original Paragraph 20:

Labor’s social inclusion priorities are based on evidence about the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage. These priorities, where disadvantage is often a result of multiple, complex and interconnected barriers to participation, are:

  • supporting families to give their children the best opportunities in life, including a safe home, a good education and the example of a parent who goes to work each day and where necessary, assist them with parenting skills

  • support for people who do not have a source of income from employment to increase the work opportunities available to them

  • improving the life chances of children at greatest risk of long-term disadvantage, including through the National Child Protection Framework

  • reducing the incidence of homelessness

  • improving outcomes for people living with disability or mental illness and their carers

  • closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage

  • breaking the cycle of entrenched and multiple disadvantage in particular neighbourhoods and communities.




Amendment 498A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 24
Page Number: 138
Mover: Richard Wynne
Seconder: Gavin Jennings
Amendment Text:

That the following paragraph be inserted after paragraph 24 of Chapter 9 on page 138:  

Labor believes that the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as traditional owners and continuing custodians of country is an important mark of respect and reconciliation at appropriate events, including at the opening of the Federal Parliament. Labor supports welcome to country ceremonies at significant public events.

 

Original Paragraph 24:

Indigenous Australians have a special place in our nation as Australia’s first peoples and as the custodians of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Their cultures, languages, knowledge and connection to the land enrich and embolden our national identity. Indigenous disadvantage in Australia is unacceptable, and Labor is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous Australians to achieve the change that Indigenous people aspire to, for themselves and for future generations.




Amendment 499A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 23
Page Number: 138
Mover: Matthew Loader
Seconder: Robert McClelland
Amendment Text:

Insert new clause 23A

 “Labor will review its Human Rights Framework legislation in 2014 and that review will consider whether the Human Rights Framework could be enhanced through a statutory charter of human rights or other similar instrument.”

Original Paragraph 23:

Labor has introduced a new Human Rights Framework that:

  • is investing in a comprehensive suite of education initiatives to promote a greater understanding of human rights across the community

  • through the National Action Plan on Human Rights requires each new Bill introduced into Parliament is accompanied by a statement of compatibility with our international human rights obligations

  • establishing a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to provide greater scrutiny of legislation for compliance with our international human rights obligations

  • develops federal anti-discrimination laws into a single Act to remove unnecessary regulatory overlap and make the system more user-friendly.




Amendment 500A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: 56
Page Number: 171
Mover: Leon Carter
Seconder: Louise Arnfield
Amendment Text:

[Add a third dotpoint to paragraph 56]  

  • that in obtaining and retaining information about citizens of a private nature including health, employment and financial data, government will maintain and protect such information and do so in a manner that promotes Australia’s service and information industries.
Original Paragraph 56:

Labor recognises that:

  • in its role as a major purchaser of goods and services, government has a crucial role to play in fostering Australia’s manufacturing, service and information industries, particularly for emerging industries or companies

  • for goods or services to be ethically sourced, suppliers must be good corporate citizens who comply with the law in all matters, most notably laws regarding taxation, trade practices, corporations, industrial relations, consumer affairs, environment and immigration.




Amendment 501A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 149
Page Number: 155
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

ADD DOT POINTS:

 

  • Labor aspires to progressively increase Australia’s humanitarian intake to 20,000 places per year, should bilateral and regional arrangements prove to be successful in reducing irregular migration to Australia.
  • Labor recognises that, under the Refugee Convention, asylum seekers have the right to seek protection and asylum.
  • Labor will ensure that asylum seekers who arrive by irregular means will not be punished for their mode of arrival.

 

ADD AFTER FINAL DOT POINT:

 

Recognising that irregular movement is a regional issue that requires a co-operative regional approach, Labor will engage with Australia’s neighbours to seek innovative and effective solutions to the irregular movement of people through the region. This approach will include multilateral engagement, particularly through the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, and bilateral arrangements of a type envisaged by the Regional Co-operation Framework agreed at the Bali Process Ministerial Conference in March 2011.

Original Paragraph 149:

Australia will comply with the non-refoulement and all other protection obligations we have voluntarily assumed in signing the Refugee Convention and other relevant international instruments and actively engage in the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other relevant international and regional agencies.

  • Labor will continue Australia’s generous humanitarian program, including providing appropriate support for the travel and resettlement of refugees and others requiring Australia’s protection, and contribute to international aid efforts to alleviate the pressing humanitarian needs of displaced persons

  • Labor will seek to lead debate on the new agreements and understandings required to ensure that the Refugee Convention and the international protection system function effectively over the long-term, including encouraging countries in our region to provide protection to those in need

  • Labor will contribute to the development of further multilateral solutions, recognising the importance of regional neighbours, with the aim of eradicating people smuggling, deterring secondary movement and enabling refugees to access appropriate processing and settlement outcomes.




Amendment 502A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 149
Page Number: 155
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

ADD AFTER PREVIOUS AMENDMENT:

Labor’s policies with respect to asylum seekers who travel to Australia irregularly by boat will be based on the following considerations:

  • Irregular boat travel to Australia, particularly when facilitated by people smugglers, is extremely dangerous for asylum seekers and Australian rescue personnel. As demonstrated by a number of high-profile tragedies, including SIEV X, SIEV 36 and SIEV 221, such ventures often result in deaths at sea. A genuinely humanitarian policy must discourage such methods of travel, subject to compliance with Australia’s international obligations under the Refugee Convention.
  • Co-operation with regional partners to improve living standards and protection outcomes for asylum seekers in transit countries is an important disincentive for those considering the dangerous boat journey to Australia.
  • Increasing the humanitarian intake of genuine refugees from source and transit countries creates an orderly pathway to resettlement in Australia and provides asylum seekers with an alternative to irregular boat travel to Australia.
Original Paragraph 149:

Australia will comply with the non-refoulement and all other protection obligations we have voluntarily assumed in signing the Refugee Convention and other relevant international instruments and actively engage in the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other relevant international and regional agencies.

  • Labor will continue Australia’s generous humanitarian program, including providing appropriate support for the travel and resettlement of refugees and others requiring Australia’s protection, and contribute to international aid efforts to alleviate the pressing humanitarian needs of displaced persons

  • Labor will seek to lead debate on the new agreements and understandings required to ensure that the Refugee Convention and the international protection system function effectively over the long-term, including encouraging countries in our region to provide protection to those in need

  • Labor will contribute to the development of further multilateral solutions, recognising the importance of regional neighbours, with the aim of eradicating people smuggling, deterring secondary movement and enabling refugees to access appropriate processing and settlement outcomes.




Amendment 504A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 20
Page Number: 136
Mover: Linda Scott
Seconder: Shannon Fentiman
Amendment Text:

Add a dot point to para 20:

“Ensuring equitable access to services through maintaining front line access to government services in regional and rural Australia.”

Original Paragraph 20:

Labor’s social inclusion priorities are based on evidence about the causes and consequences of social and economic disadvantage. These priorities, where disadvantage is often a result of multiple, complex and interconnected barriers to participation, are:

  • supporting families to give their children the best opportunities in life, including a safe home, a good education and the example of a parent who goes to work each day and where necessary, assist them with parenting skills

  • support for people who do not have a source of income from employment to increase the work opportunities available to them

  • improving the life chances of children at greatest risk of long-term disadvantage, including through the National Child Protection Framework

  • reducing the incidence of homelessness

  • improving outcomes for people living with disability or mental illness and their carers

  • closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage

  • breaking the cycle of entrenched and multiple disadvantage in particular neighbourhoods and communities.




Amendment 512A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 158
Page Number: 156
Mover: Chris Bowen
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

REPLACE ALL WITH:

 

Under Labor’s policies, the presumption will be that unauthorised arrivals who enter for the purpose of seeking asylum will, after appropriate checks are undertaken, be granted bridging visas with work rights and means-tested access to migration assistance while the merits of their applications are assessed: persons will be detained only if the need is established.

 

Labor’s humane and risk-based immigration detention policies and practices will be guided by key immigration detention values:

 

  • to support the integrity of Australia’s immigration program, three groups will be subject to mandatory detention:
    • all unauthorised arrivals, for management of health, identity and security risks to the community. Labor will strive to ensure this is for 90 days only.
    • unlawful non-citizens who present proven unacceptable risks to the community.
    • unlawful non-citizens who have been proven to persistently refuse to comply with their visa conditions.
  • children, and where possible their families, will not be detained in an immigration detention centre (IDC) and, wherever appropriate, will be released on a bridging visa.
  • detention that is indefinite or otherwise arbitrary is not acceptable and the length and conditions of detention, including the appropriateness of both the accommodation and the services provided, will be subject to regular review.
  • detention in an immigration detention centre is only to be used as a last resort and for the shortest practicable time.
  • people in detention will be treated fairly and reasonably within the law.
  • conditions of detention will ensure the inherent dignity of the human person.
Original Paragraph 158:

Under Labor’s policies, the presumption will be that persons will remain in the community while their immigration status is resolved: persons will be detained only if the need is established. Labor’s humane and risk-based immigration detention policies and practices will be guided by seven key immigration detention values:

  • mandatory detention is an essential component of strong border control

  • to support the integrity of Australia’s immigration program, three groups will be subject to mandatory detention

  • all unauthorised arrivals, for management of health, identity and security risks to the community.

  • unlawful non-citizens who present unacceptable risks to the community

  • unlawful non-citizens who have repeatedly refused to comply with their visa conditions

  • children, including juvenile foreign fishers and, where possible, their families, will not be detained in an immigration detention centre

  • detention that is indefinite or otherwise arbitrary is not acceptable and the length and conditions of detention, including the appropriateness of both the accommodation and the services provided, would be subject to regular review

  • detention in immigration detention centres is only to be used as a last resort and for the shortest practicable time

  • people in detention will be treated fairly and reasonably within the law

  • conditions of detention will ensure the inherent dignity of the human person.


Resolution 514R

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Mover: Courtney Roche
Seconder: Joel Fitzgibbon
Resolution Text:

That National Conference recognises the success of Country Labor in NSW since its establishment in 1999. National Conference will establish a working group, coordinated by the National Secretariat, to investigate the expansion of Country Labor across Australia.




Amendment 515A

Chapter:
Part: E
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 225
Mover: Julia Gillard
Seconder: Stephen Smith
Amendment Text:

E. REGISTER OF CONFERENCE DECISIONS
9.  Same Sex Marriage (decision of the 2011 Conference)
Conference resolves that the matter of same sex marriage can be freely debated at any State or federal forum of the Australian Labor Party, but any decision reached is not binding on any member of the Party.

Original Paragraph 9:




Amendment 516A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: after para 27
Page Number: 138
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

Add new paragraph:

Labor will require as a condition of all Commonwealth grants and other financial support to organisations that they perform their contracts in accordance with State, Territory and Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws.

Original Paragraph after para 27:

Preamble:




Amendment 517A

Chapter: 10 – Open and accountable government
Paragraph: new after para 27
Page Number: 151
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

Insert new heading ‘LGBTI Place in a Stronger Democracy’.

Insert new paragraph:

Labor believes in a society that embraces diversity. Labor will support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians and ensure that they are safe, valued and respected.

Labor recognises that the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity provide a substantial guide to understanding Australia’s human rights obligations in relation to LGBTI Australians and their families.

Labor recognises that LGBTI Australians and their communities contribute much to Australian society. Labor will work with LGBTI Australians and representative groups to:

  • Expand integrated advice and support services for LGBTI Australians, and ensure their engagement in the policy development of Government,
  • Support GLBTI Australians with particular needs, such as those who are young, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, from CALD backgrounds and those living in rural, regional and remote Australia,
  • Strengthen laws and expand programs against discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • support and engage with communities and stakeholders to provide input into government decision making, including consideration of a LGBTI ministerial advisory committee. Labor will strengthen support for LGBTI people by integrating advice and support to ensure they are supported in government policy development.

Labor will strengthen support for LGBTI Australians by integrating advice and support services and ensuring they are engaged in the policy development of Government.

Labor condemns sexual violence, or any derogatory behaviour and harrassment towards all people. Labor recognises the harm that such actions cause and will pursue policies that prevent discrimination.

Labor will:

  • Establish appropriate mechanisms to coordinate and promote both policy development and the initiatives across government needed to ensure effective implementation of policies, with adequate ongoing funding to ensure that all government services are provided in a way that furthers those policy aspirations in practice, and
  • Strengthen partnerships between the Commonwealth and LGBTI community groups in the delivery of support services for LGBTI Australians and their families
  • Investigate the establishment of a national gender centre to provide support and advocacy for transgender and intersex Australians, which could also have an education and training role to promote awareness about transgender and intersex issues to the wider public
  • Will review documentation requirements, including passports and birth certificates, as they affect transgender and intersex people, to facilitate their equal enjoyment of human rights without discrimination and to promote identification options beyond binary male / female.

Labor will build upon previous legal achievements to implement equality in practice, so that every area of policy is inclusive of the needs and interests of all Australians-including lesbians and gay men, and bisexual, transgender and intersex people-without discrimination.

Building on the 2008 reform of 85 Commonwealth statutes that discriminated against same-sex couples and their families, Labor will:

  • ensure that the impact on LGBTI people is considered in developing bills or regulations, and
  • Ensure LGBTI Australians enjoy equality before the law, and have access to every state institution without discrimination.
Original Paragraph new after para 27:

Preamble:




Amendment 523A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: D
Paragraph: TBC
Page Number: 0
Mover: Jackie Trad
Seconder: Andrew Giles
Amendment Text:

Organising Plan

ALP National Conference notes:

·         Many like-minded parties around the world have also embraced community organising such as the UK Labour Party through the Movement for Change and Obama’s Democrats through Organizing for America.

·         Unions in Australia embraced workplace-level organising as part of the adoption of an organising model in the 1990s which has helped to turn around union decline in many sectors.

The ALP will implement an organising approach based on the following principles:

·         Turning supporters into members and members into activists. Any organising activity should aim to build Labor’s community support and also build Labor’s active membership.

·         Creating localised Labor influence and power. Organising activity should be directed at building local Labor organisation and influence.

·         Transparency and non-factionalism. Organising activity must be transparent, consistent and aimed at building the Party as a whole.

·         Building the Party nationally. Organising activity must occur in all states and territories and in every electorate. Organising resources must be evenly spread around the country and between states.

·         Connection to the labour movement. Any organising activity must learn from the experiences of the union movement and also work with the modern union movement to bring union members into ALP membership.

To progress these principles, the following reforms will be implemented:

·         Developing, through the National Executive, an Organising Plan to grow the Party’s membership, empower members in their local communities and to build Labor’s influence and power at local level.

·         Creating a central organising fund to finance Party growth activities.

·         Creating a new system of transparent, local, Labor grants that local Party units can utilise to conduct recruitment and membership development drives.

·         Coordinating with affiliated unions membership growth and political work to translate union membership into Party membership and vice versa.

·         Working with Campaign Action to deliver nationally coordinated training to at least 2,000 Party members and activists a year, as part of an Organising Plan.

·         Developing a National Organising Academy to provide future training and support to organising activities.

·         Creating a new position in the National Secretariat, to specifically coordinate all organising activity across the Party and to implement an Organising Plan at national level.

Original Paragraph TBC:

Preamble:




Amendment 525A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 216
Page Number: 60
Mover: Eric Ripper
Seconder: Peter Tinley
Amendment Text:

In dot point two: Insert the word “design” between the words exploration and construction.

Original Paragraph 216:

To maximise the minerals, resources and energy industries’ social, environmental and economic contribution to Australia, Labor will continue to:

  • encourage, in conjunction with the states, an intensified national minerals, oil and gas exploration effort, and the development of new exploration science and technology

  • develop strategies with industry and states and territories to maximise Australian labour participation, including training and skill development, in all phases (exploration, construction, extraction, processing and transportation) of minerals, resources and energy projects, including in the offshore hydrocarbons sector

  • promote the sound development of Australia’s coal, oil and gas resources, with particular regard to domestic requirements, the development of Australia’s coal, oil and gas exports, and the need for a stable and profitable coal and oil and gas industry

  • encourage the development of low emission fossil fuel technologies

  • encourage downstream processing of minerals, resources and energy products, and, through public and private avenues, the infrastructure necessary to achieve this

  • facilitate the commercialisation and export of minerals-related services and technology

  • create a more efficient national energy market that can enhance Australia’s natural advantages in downstream minerals processing for domestic and export markets

  • bolster research, development and technology efforts to ensure the international competitiveness of the minerals, resources and energy industries, including technology and services derived from those industries

  • harness the scientific, technological, research and development, and engineering ingenuity of our minerals and resources industries in a nationally coordinated way

  • make a national effort to maximise our energy security, capacity, efficiency and the lowest practicable and sustainable energy prices for Australian industry and consumers.




Amendment 526A

Chapter: 5 – Opportunity and fairness for working families
Paragraph: 48
Page Number: 86
Mover: Warren Mundine
Seconder: Mark Arbib
Amendment Text:

Add text after dot point 4:

  • work with businesses, including in remote communities, to create employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians

“, which would include job readiness, pre-employment training and post-placement support through an Indigenous focused vocational, training and education program that is linked to jobs committed by employers”

Original Paragraph 48:

Labor will:

  • support 100,000 Indigenous Australians to find and keep a job by 2018 to meet our Closing the Gap target

  • reform employment and participation services in remote areas to ensure that those who are able to work are supported to train and find work

  • reform welfare services to require those who are able, to seek and accept employment

  • work with businesses, including in remote communities, to create employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians

  • support the growth of the Indigenous business sector

  • ensure that the Council of Australian Governments investment is used to leverage Indigenous employment and business outcomes.




Amendment 527A

Chapter: 9 – A fair go for all Australians
Paragraph: 87
Page Number: 0
Mover: Richard Wynne
Seconder: Mark Arbib
Amendment Text:

Delete the words “such as the introduction of rent capping legislation” to read: 

“Labor will monitor the rent costs in the private rental market and examine mechanisms to maintain affordability “.

Original Paragraph 87:

Labor recognises that most rental accommodation will be provided in the private rental market. Labor will monitor the rent costs in the private rental market and examine mechanisms to maintain affordability such as the introduction of rent capping legislation. Labor will maintain programs to improve the affordability of private rental accommodation. Labor is committed to providing rental assistance in a way that supports people to move from welfare to work.




Amendment 528A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 57
Page Number: 125
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

 Amend paragraph 57 of Chapter 8 to read:

 

One in five Australians experienced mental illness in the previous twelve months, Nnearly one third of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives. The current system can be too crisis-driven and lacks sufficient focus on recovery and assisting people to participate in the community through areas such as employment. Ppeople can experience difficulty accessing services and navigating a fragmented and complex system. The National Mental Health Reform package includes investment to:

  • improve demand management to allow mental health services to focus more on recovery, and be less crisis-driven

  • expand services and provide a single point of contact for people with severe mental illness to coordinate clinical and social support services

  • provide prevention and early intervention mental health services for all age groups and especially children and young people

  • improve access to the primary health care system for people with mental illness

  • establish a new National Partnership to help guide reform at a state level.”

Original Paragraph 57:

Nearly one-third of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives. The current system can be too crisis-driven and people can experience difficulty accessing services and navigating a fragmented and complex system. The National Mental Health Reform package includes investment to:

  • expand services and provide a single point of contact for people with severe mental illness to coordinate clinical and social support services

  • provide prevention and early intervention mental health services for children and young people

  • improve access to the primary health care system for people with mental illness

  • establish a new National Partnership to help guide reform at a state level.




Amendment 530A

Chapter: ALP National Constitution
Part: B
Paragraph: 8
Page Number: 0
Mover: Michael O’Connor
Seconder: Dave Noonan
Amendment Text:

8. National Executive Committee

A comprehensive and inclusive agenda for NEC meetings will be distributed by the National Secretary to all National Executive members at least 24 hours prior to each meeting of the NEC. Any National Executive member may require that any item(s) on the agenda for NEC be removed from the agenda and referred to National Executive.

 

Original Paragraph 8:
  1. The National Executive Committee (NEC) shall consist of the National Secretary

    and such other members of the National Executive as may be elected by the

    National Executive.

  2. The National Executive Committee shall be responsible for the administration

    of the Party between meetings of the National Executive.

  3. They shall meet at least once between each two meetings of the National Executive

    for the purpose of preparing the agenda and making recommendations to expedite

    the business of the National Executive.

  4. Other than in urgent situations which preclude either a special meeting

    or a resolution without meeting of the National Executive, the NEC

    shall not have the power to make decisions on behalf of the National

    Executive.

  5. Any actions taken by the NEC between Executive meetings shall be reported to the

    next meeting of the Executive for endorsement.

  6. The non-parliamentary members of the NEC shall also be members of the companies

    John Curtin House Limited and ALP Legacies and Gifts.

  7. Rules 7(d)(i) and (ii) apply to the NEC in the same way as the National Executive.




Amendment 533A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 37
Page Number: 121
Mover: Tania Mihailuk
Seconder: Deborah O’Neill
Amendment Text:

Change words to “Labor believes that primary care and prevention must play central roles in the Australian health system.”

Original Paragraph 37:

Labor believes that primary care and prevention must play much greater roles in the Australian health system to address the rise of preventable chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers, which are placing a growing burden on our health system.




Amendment 534A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 58
Page Number: 125
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

 Amend paragraph 58 to read;

“The mental health package will expand effective services. The package includes 30 new headspace sites, to achieve national coverage of 90 sites across the country, and additional programs based on the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centres model. It will also direct funding to achieve more coordinated services, such as ensuring that, for the first time, patients with severe and debilitating mental health illness have one point of contact to coordinate services to meet for all of their clinical and social care needs.

 

Original Paragraph 58:

The mental health package will expand effective services. The package includes 30 new Headspace sites, to achieve national coverage of 90 sites across the country and additional Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centres. It will also direct funding to achieve more coordinated services, such as ensuring that, for the first time, patients with severe and debilitating mental health illness have one point of contact for all of their clinical and social care needs.




Amendment 535A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 59
Page Number: 125
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

Amend  paragraph 59 of Chapter 8 to read;

 

Labor is also establishing a new, independent National Mental Health Commission. The Commission will independently monitor, assess and report to the Parliament and the community on how the system is performing. This will increase public accountability and transparency in the mental health system and give greater national prominence to mental health issues. The Commission will publicly report on a range of performance indicators in an annual public mental health report card.

The commission will focus on transparency and accountability for mental health funding and outcomes across Australia

 

The Commission will engage with key stakeholders in the development of the report card.”

Original Paragraph 59:

Labor is also establishing a new, independent National Mental Health Commission. The Commission will independently monitor, assess and report on how the system is performing. This will increase accountability and transparency in the mental health system and give greater national prominence to mental health issues.




Amendment 536A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 64
Page Number: 126
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 64 of Chapter 8 to read:

“Labor believes that investing in community mental health and supporting the families and carers of Australians with mental illness is critical to providing appropriate care and support for people with mental illness. Labor has:

  • expanded community mental health services that help people live more independent lives and reconnect with the wider community, supporting them across their life, as well as responding to with their medical clinical needs

  • improved support for people with mental illness to participate in the workforce – recognising the benefits of work and that the low level of workforce participation among people with mental illness – by expanding links between community mental health services and employment services

  • provided core respite and support for family members and carers of people with severe mental illness, in recognition of the importance of the supportive role played by family members and carers and of the demands on faced by carers of people with severe mental illness

  • helped to prevent and address homelessness among people with severe mental illness leaving hospital care.

Original Paragraph 64:

Labor believes that investing in community mental health and supporting the families and carers of Australians with mental illness is critical to providing appropriate care and support for people with mental illness. Labor has:

  • expanded community mental health services that help people live more independent lives and reconnect with the wider community, supporting them across their life, as well as with their medical needs

  • improved support for people with mental illness to participate in the workforce – recognising the benefits of work and that workforce participation among people with mental illness is low – by expanding community mental health services linked to employment services

  • provided core respite and support for family members and carers of people with severe mental illness, in recognition of the importance of the supportive role played by family members and carers and of the demands on carers of people with severe mental illness

  • helped to prevent and address homelessness among people with severe mental illness leaving hospital care.




Amendment 539A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 27
Page Number: 97
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

Amend existing:

“In considering the reform and planning to redesign the aged care system for the future, Labor will be guided by four overarching principles:

  • Every older Australian has earned the right to be able to access quality care that is appropriate to their needs.

  • Older Australians deserve greater choice and control over their care arrangements than the system currently provides.

  • Funding arrangements for aged care need to be sustainable and fair, both for older Australians and for the broader community.

  • Every Australian can access quality care provided by an appropriately skilled and renumerated workforce that meets their needs.”

 

 

Original Paragraph 27:

In considering reform and planning to redesign the aged care system for the future, Labor will be guided by four overarching principles:

  • every older Australian has earned the right to be able to access quality care that is appropriate to their needs

  • older Australians deserve greater choice and control over their care arrangements than the system currently provides

  • funding arrangements for aged care need to be sustainable and fair, both for older Australians and for the broader community

  • every Australian can access quality care provided by an appropriately skilled workforce that meets their needs.




Amendment 542A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 75
Page Number: 128
Mover: Lloyd Williams
Seconder: Chris Brown
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 75 of Chapter 8 to read:

To support and strengthen the nursing workforce, Labor will:

  • invest in providing nurses with the clinical training they need

  • ensure sufficient university and VET places are available to nursing students

  • recognise the valuable role nurses play, and provide nurses with the ongoing training and support they need to expand that role

  • continue to support the expanded role for nurse practitioners and midwives, with access to Medicare and the PBS

  • Labor believes that multidisciplinary team-based care is an important element of our health system, and that allied health professionals have an important role to play in such teams. By providing access to allied health professionals in convenient locations, GP Super Clinics make it simpler and easier to access the care that families need

  • invest in expanding and supporting the aged care workforce

  • expand the workforce of practice nurses in the provision of primary health care

  • expand the number of scholarships for education and training in mental health and emergency nursing.”

Original Paragraph 75:

To support and strengthen the nursing workforce, Labor will:

  • invest in providing nurses with the clinical training they need

  • ensure sufficient university and VET places are available to nursing students

  • recognise the valuable role nurses play, and provide nurses with the ongoing training and support they need to expand that role

  • continue to support the expanded role for nurse practitioners and midwives, with access to Medicare and the PBS

  • Labor believes that multidisciplinary team-based care is an important element of our health system, and that allied health professionals have an important role to play in such teams. By providing access to allied health professionals in convenient locations, GP Super Clinics make it simpler and easier to access the care that families need

  • invest in expanding and supporting the aged care workforce

  • expand the workforce of practice nurses in the provision of primary health care

  • expand the number of scholarships for education and training in emergency nursing.




Amendment 543A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 30
Page Number: 98
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: Rose Jackson
Amendment Text:

“Labor believes all older Australians have a right to safe and secure aged care services, whether they are received in a residential complex or in the home.”

Original Paragraph 30:

Ensuring the wellbeing of older Australians is a Labor priority and a wellbeing framework will be developed in consultation with older Australians and the wider community. It will guide the development of future aged care policy that promotes independence, wellness and the continuing contribution of older Australians to society. It will have as its hallmark, a commitment to treating older Australians and their carers with respect and dignity.




Amendment 546A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 40
Page Number: 99
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Sue Lines
Amendment Text:

Amend existing to read:

 

“Labor recognises that there has been a high level of staff turnover in the aged care sector and is committed to reducing this through a range of mechanisms including competitive and fair wages, better career structures and improved entitlements.”

Original Paragraph 40:

Labor recognises that there has been a high level of staff turnover in the aged care sector and is committed to reducing this through a range of mechanisms including competitive wages , better career structures and improved entitlements. Labor is committed to ensuring aged care staff are retained for the long-term.




Amendment 547A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 76
Page Number: 128
Mover: David Kelly
Seconder: Louise Tarrant
Amendment Text:

Insert new dot point into paragraph 76 of Chapter 8 to read:

 

Labor recognises the critical role of allied health professionals in delivering good health outcomes for the community.”

Original Paragraph 76:

Labor will:

  • invest to provide allied and ancillary health professionals with the clinical training they need

  • work with Medicare Locals to ensure allied health professionals are better integrated into local primary health care services

  • ensure sufficient university places are available to allied and ancillary health students, including for primary health promotion counselling and psychotherapy, and family welfare services

  • encourage and foster multidisciplinary team-based care.




Amendment 548A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 42
Page Number: 99
Mover: David Di Troia
Seconder: Larissa Harrison
Amendment Text:

Replace existing with:

“Labor is committed to developing the workforce and through various programs including the Workforce Development Fund, to assist aged care workers to obtain vocational aged care qualifications. Labor believes that staff should have access to further training to improve and develop their skills. This increase in relevant qualifications should be related to an increase in renumiration, reflecting Labor’s belief that the aged care workforce should have fair and competitive wages. While Labor remains committed to the aim that Certificate Level III becomes the mandatory minimum qualification for care workers, existing workers should not be disadvantaged.”

 

Original Paragraph 42:

Labor is committed to developing the workforce and through various programs including the Workforce Development Fund, to assist aged care workers to obtain vocational aged care qualifications. While Labor remains committed to the aim that Certificate Level III becomes the mandatory minimum qualification, existing workers should not be disadvantaged.




Amendment 549A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: Insert new after 43
Page Number: 99
Mover: Sue Lines
Seconder: David Kelly
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph:

“Labor recognises that workforce issues as a key concern to be addressed through the industry reform process. Labor recognises that workforce issues are threshold issues and that a quality aged care system is not possible without fair and competitive wages and decent working conditions. Labor is committed to working with industry stakeholders to acheive sector reforms including properly benchmarked rates of pay delivered through appropriate industrial instruments .”

 

Original Paragraph Insert new after 43:

Preamble:




Amendment 550A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: Insert new after 43
Page Number: 99
Mover: Louise Tarrant
Seconder: Rose Jackson
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph:

 

“Labor understands that the Federal Government is the primary funder of the aged care sector and consequently exercises control over wage rates and working conditions. Labor also recognises the structural barriers aged care workers face when bargaining for better wage outcomes. Labor is committed to fair and competitive wages and conditions for aged care workers delivered through a open and sustainable pricing system.”

 

Original Paragraph Insert new after 43:

Preamble:




Amendment 551A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 83
Page Number: 130
Mover: Kristin van Barneveld
Seconder: Nadine Flood
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 83 of Chapter 8 to read:

 

Labor will seek to maintain Australias reputation as a world leader in high quality, innovative research and development activities and will:

  • continue to invest in world-class public and private sector health and medical research

  • encourage private industry to increase its investment in Australian-based research and development

  •  

    ensure health policy is evidence-based, and that clinical practice is similarly grounded in best practice, based on the best available health and medical research


  • ensure that comprehensive ethical guidelines to cover both public and private sector research are developed and regularly reviewed and recognise the integrity and intrinsic worth of the human person. We will oppose initiatives such as human cloning, which would undermine these critical values

  • protect the independence of health and medical research, free from political interference.

Original Paragraph 83:

Labor will seek to maintain Australia’s reputation as a world leader in high quality, innovative research and development activities and will:

  • continue to invest in world-class health and medical research

  • encourage private industry to increase its investment in Australian-based research and development

  • ensure health policy is evidence-based, and that clinical practice is similarly grounded in best-practice, based on the best available health and medical research

  • ensure that comprehensive ethical guidelines to cover both public and private sector research are developed and regularly reviewed and recognise the integrity and intrinsic worth of the human person. We will oppose initiatives such as human cloning, which would undermine these critical values

  • protect the independence of health and medical research, free from political interference.




Amendment 553A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 51
Page Number: 100
Mover: Rose Jackson
Seconder: Karen Atherton
Amendment Text:

Insert new final sentence: “Medical professionals and the health workforce have an obligation to respect the end of life decisions and advanced care directives of older Australians. Older Australians should have their right to have a say over the circumstances of their death respected by all medical professionals.”

Original Paragraph 51:

To ensure the best possible palliative and end of life care, it is important to build the skills and knowledge of the aged care and primary care workforce around the concept of dying well.




Amendment 554A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 20
Page Number: 118
Mover: David Kelly
Seconder: Louise Tarrant
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 20 of Chapter 8 to read:

Labor will continue to direct funding to the states and territories to deliver much-needed reforms to strengthen our public hospitals, and to improve services in areas including elective surgery, emergency services, and sub-acute care, measures that have been agreed successfully through the Council of Australian Governments’ reform processes.”

Original Paragraph 20:

Labor will continue to direct funding to the states and territories to deliver much-needed reforms to our hospitals, and to improve services in areas including elective surgery, emergency services, and sub-acute care, measures that have been agreed successfully through the Council of Australian Governments’ reform processes.


Resolution 555R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: tbc
Seconder: Tony Sheldon
Resolution Text:

Conference condemns the serious breaches of human rights under the interim military regime in Fiji led by Commodore Bainimarama. Since the coup of 2006, the military regime has abrogated the Constitution, curtailed free and independent media, removed the right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and undermined the independence of the judiciary.

Labor expresses its concern with the continuing deterioration of human rights in Fiji, in particular the right of workers to be represented by a trade union and to collectively bargain. Conference rejects the introduction of draconian decrees that remove the fundamental rights of public workers and workers in essential industries.

Labor notes with concern the impact of the current political situation on the economy, in particular the rising incidence of poverty and its negative impact on the welfare of the Fijian people.

Conference expresses its grave concern that elections expected in 2014 will not be conducted in a truly democratic, transparent or accountable manner, and calls on the regime to immediately restore fundamental democratic rights including:

-          Respect for human rights;

-          Respect for freedom of expression and the right to peacefully assemble;

-          The removal of all media censorship and return to respect for freedom of speech;

-          Cessation of all arbitrary detentions;

-          The immediate revocation of the Public Emergency Regulations (2006);

-          A return to the rule of law; and

-          Reinstatement of and respect for an independent judiciary

Conference calls on the Australian Government to take all appropriate action to promote a return to genuine democracy and governance which respects and promotes human rights. 


Resolution 556R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: Warren Snowdon
Seconder: Jason Clare
Resolution Text:

Resolution

That this Conference acknowledges:

  • the significance of commemorating the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War
  • Labor’s commitment to remember and honour the sacrifice of our service men and women and the Anzac tradition during 2014 to 2018
  • the Centenary of Anzac provides an important opportunity for all Australians to understand our military history, how these events have shaped Australia and the contribution of our veteran community


Resolution 557R

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Mover: Warren Snowdon
Seconder: Jason Clare
Resolution Text:

Resolution

That this Conference acknowledges, in recognition of the courageous efforts of our service men and women:

  • Labor’s commitment to deliver the highest quality medical care through a comprehensive system of support that provides access to vital health services, rehabilitation and compensation
  • the priority to enhance support available to our wounded, ill and injured from current operations
  • the importance of families in providing support to our Defence personnel




Amendment 558A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: Insert new after 26
Page Number: 97
Mover: Matthew Loader
Seconder: Rose Jackson
Amendment Text:

National Conference welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to legislate for 12 per cent superannuation to be progressively implemented over future years—as well as other significant superannuation reforms. However, noting the significant economic, fiscal and social benefits of superannuation, Conference calls on the government to investigate increasing the target contribution rate to 15 per cent.

Original Paragraph Insert new after 26:

Preamble:




Amendment 559A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: Insert new after 26
Page Number: 97
Mover: Lara Watson
Seconder: Linda Burney
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph:

In recognition of the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Labor understands that early access to preserved superannuation accounts can play an important part in providing support to some individuals and their families. Labor will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on transition to retirement strategies, including access to superannuation, in acknowledgment of these circumstances.

Original Paragraph Insert new after 26:

Preamble:




Amendment 560A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 25
Page Number: 119
Mover: David Kelly
Seconder: Louise Tarrant
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 25 of Chapter 8 to read:

Labor is committed to improving transparency and accountability in our hospitals, both public and private. Labor believes that significant reform can be achieved by increasing local involvement in the management of hospital services through Local Hospital Networks and transparent performance measures. Labor is also committed to using performance incentives reward payments to encourage state and territory innovation and results.”

Original Paragraph 25:

Labor is committed to improving transparency and accountability in our hospitals, both public and private. Labor believes that significant reform can be achieved by increasing local involvement in the management of hospital services through Local Hospital Networks and transparent performance measures. Labor is also committed to using performance incentives to encourage innovation and results.




Amendment 561A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 63
Page Number: 126
Mover: Julia Mason
Seconder: Kimberley Kitching
Amendment Text:
  • investing in medical research to increase understanding of the causes of mental illness and improve medical treatments
Original Paragraph 63:

Labor is committed to ongoing national mental health reform and will focus on improving the lives of people with mental illness by:

  • helping to detect potential mental health problems in the early years and supporting young people who struggle with mental illness

  • targeting support to areas and communities that need it most such as Indigenous communities and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas that are underserviced by the current system

  • providing more intensive support services, and better coordinating those services for people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex care needs

  • taking a cross-sectoral approach to mental health and providing greater transparency and accountability in the system.




Amendment 563A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 194
Page Number: 195
Mover: Marilyn Dodkin
Seconder: Julie Sibraa
Amendment Text:

Adding paragraph after 194:

Recognising the difficulties faced by a new generation of war spouses, Labor will continue to provide support for war spouses and their children, to enter academic or vocational training.

Original Paragraph 194:

Labor also clearly recognises there are some widows in need of greater support, especially those in private rental accommodation, and younger widows without children whose entitlements have been reduced in the past.




Amendment 564A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 44
Page Number: 0
Mover: Rosemary Barker
Seconder: Sylvia Freeman
Amendment Text:

AFTER the word “Laos”, ADD:

“Labor notes the detention of peaceful dissidents is a significant impediment to the realisation of human rights and will be a focus of such representations and dialogues.”

Original Paragraph 44:

Under Labor, Australia is forthright in raising concerns over human rights violations abroad, including through bilateral representations and formal bilateral human rights dialogues with China, Vietnam and Laos.




Amendment 565A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 55
Page Number: 125
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 55 of Chapter 8 to read:

 

Labor will continue to respond to the tragedy of alcohol and other drug abuse and related crime community impact with comprehensive demand and supply reduction strategies, prevention of onset of use and early intervention, effective treatment as well law enforcement and harm minimisation policies. Labor will continue to support comprehensive demand and supply reduction strategies and law enforcement.

 

Labor is committed to an evidence-based strategy for dealing with alcohol and other illicit drugs that aims to approach individual alcohol and other drug issues from a health and welfare perspective and includes:

 

  • improving safety in the community by reducing the level of drug-related crime

  • reducing the spread of illness

  • keeping people alive

  • finding new ways to reduce the use of illicit drugs in our community.

Original Paragraph 55:

Labor will continue to respond to the tragedy of drug abuse and related crime with comprehensive demand and supply reduction strategies, prevention of onset of use and early intervention as well law enforcement and harm minimisation policies. Labor is committed to an evidence-based strategy for dealing with illicit drugs that aims to:

  • improve safety in the community by reducing the level of drug-related crime

  • reduce the spread of illness

  • keep people alive

  • find new ways to reduce the use of illicit drugs in our community.




Amendment 566A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 99
Page Number: 190
Mover: Rosemary Barker
Seconder: Sylvia Freeman
Amendment Text:

AFTER the words “emergency services support.”, ADD

 “As having an independent civil society in development partner countries is important for advancing human rights, a key plank of Australia’s overseas aid efforts will be to nurture and support it”

Original Paragraph 99:

Labor believes Australia’s overseas aid efforts must advance human rights, including promoting access to basic rights to health, shelter, education, clean water, sanitation and emergency services support.




Amendment 567A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 88
Page Number: 131
Mover: Laura Smyth
Seconder: Kali Watson-Downward
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 88 of Chapter 8 to read:

 

Labor is committed to addressing the dental health needs of all Australians. The lack of access to appropriate dental care for many disadvantaged Australians represents a significant gap in the provision of universal health care. Labor will work towards the goal of universal access to dental care, in the same way that Medicare provides access to affordable care for other health needs.”

Original Paragraph 88:

Labor is committed to addressing the dental health needs of all Australians. The lack of access to appropriate dental care for many disadvantaged Australians represents a significant gap in the provision of universal health care. Labor will work towards the goal of universal access to dental care.


Resolution 568R

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Mover: Linda Burney
Seconder: Verity Firth
Resolution Text:

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“Labor recognises that if we are to increase the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we need to increase the birth weight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are twice as likely to give birth to low weight  babies than non-Aboriginal women. Low birth weight babies are at greater risk of poor health and death, require longer periods of hospitalisation after birth and are more likely to develop chronic illness later in life.   Labor will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant Aboriginal women to increase the birth weight of new babies and development in early infancy.”




Amendment 569A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 114
Page Number: 191
Mover: Rosemary Barker
Seconder: Sylvia Freeman
Amendment Text:

Add new paragraph after 114:

Labor supports efforts to allow consular representatives to visit Australians promptly after they have been arrested and to pass messages between them and their loved ones.

Original Paragraph 114:

Labor places the highest priority on the safety of Australians overseas and is committed to delivering a high standard of travel advice and consular assistance to all Australians overseas so that our millions of €˜unofficial ambassadors’ can travel the world in safety.




Amendment 569A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 114
Page Number: 191
Mover: Rosemary Barker
Seconder: Sylvia Freeman
Amendment Text:

Add new paragraph after 114:

Labor supports efforts to allow consular representatives to visit Australians promptly after they have been arrested and to pass messages between them and their loved ones.

Original Paragraph 114:

Labor places the highest priority on the safety of Australians overseas and is committed to delivering a high standard of travel advice and consular assistance to all Australians overseas so that our millions of €˜unofficial ambassadors’ can travel the world in safety.




Amendment 570A

Chapter: 6 – New opportunities for an ageing Australia
Paragraph: 35
Page Number: 98
Mover: Jenny Macklin
Seconder: Richard Marles
Amendment Text:

Insert new paragraph after paragraph 35:

 

Labor recognises the profound grief, suffering and loss experienced by members of the Stolen Generations as a result of forced removals and other past Government policies and the need for appropriate aged care services that take into consideration their differing needs.
 
We also understand that for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, the impact of childhood experiences in institutions and children homes is ongoing and lasting. These ‘care leavers’ have special needs in accessing aged care services, particularly residential care and aged care should be responsive and appropriate for their needs. 

Original Paragraph 35:

Labor recognises the need to provide culturally appropriate aged care, including strategies that address:

  • the propensity of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experiencing dementia to revert to their first language, through provision of culturally appropriate care

  • the experience of discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex older Australians in aged care based on presumptions of both universal heterosexuality and asexuality in personal relationships between older Australians

  • the need for Indigenous older Australians to maintain contact with their culture and country, however possible.




Amendment 571A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 60
Page Number: 0
Mover: Deborah O’Neill
Seconder: Courtney Roche
Amendment Text:

Add after current text:

“Labor is committed to ongoing public health education to break down the barriers to care and stigma attached to mental health issues. We commit to policies aimed at supporting and promoting good mental health and well being and policies which encourage Australians to accesss mental health care early.”

Original Paragraph 60:

Labor recognises that many people struggle to access services and believes that all Australians should be able to access the appropriate mental health services when and where they need them.




Amendment 573A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 56
Page Number: 182
Mover: Simon Miller
Seconder: Trung Doan
Amendment Text:

Add in new paragraph :

 

Labor is strongly opposed to the incidence of forced labour and is committed to actively campaigning against forced labour and for the rights of people in situations of forced labour through international forums, multilateral and bilateral frameworks and its relationships with other countries.  Labor also commits to providing every possible support and assistance for people in situations of forced labour both in Australia and internationally.

Original Paragraph 56:

Labor abhors the increasing levels of repression against women in some countries. Labor will vigorously support international campaigns to end:

  • sexual exploitation of women and children, including sex tourism and trafficking

  • prohibitions on education and paid employment and restriction to access to medical services for women

  • the denial of equal property rights for women

  • the unequal standing of women in judicial systems

  • the persecution of rape victims

  • the systematic use of rape and sexual torture in war.




Amendment 574A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: After 46
Page Number: 123
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

This text replaces the earlier text listed as 145A

:Labor recognises that LGBTI people are a priority population with specific health needs, for whom promoting equitable access requires targeted programs.

Labor will:

•Continue to develop health strategies to address the needs of LGBTI people, working in partnership with these communities.

•Continue to support the LGBTI health peak bodies for their work and consult with these bodies on health issues affecting them.

•Continue to provide training for healthcare workers about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, and research about LGBTI issues.

•Continue to support programs aimed at prevention of suicide for high risk groups, including LGBTI Australians.

•Include issues relevant to LGBTIAustralians, and the views of LGBTI seniors, in aged care planning and service provision.

•Provide for the needs of young LGBTI Australians, particularly in rural areas.

•Continue to ensure that Medicare and the PBS supports anti-discriminatory policies for LGBTI Australians and that same sex couples and their families can access Medicare and the PBS as a family. 

Original Paragraph After 46:

Preamble:




Amendment 575A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 66
Page Number: 126
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 66 of Chapter 8 to read:

Labor will continue to support the mental health workforce and provide more support for rural and regional mental health services. Labor will:

  • ensure the development implementation of a the new national mental health workforce strategy

  • improve the supply of mental health nurses by encouraging innovative training options at the undergraduate level, including the option to major in mental health in single or double degree courses.

  • expand VET sector training options for the mental health sector workers, including enrolled nurses and peer workers

  • consider new innovations in areas of undergraduate training and ensure appropriate VET sector training options for the mental health sector workers, including nurses and peer worker.

  • seek to improve the retention of psychiatrists and psychologists in the public system, and will work with state and territory governments with a focus in areas such as outer suburban areas and rural and regional areas

  • ensure a greater number of access to psychological and other allied health services are is available in rural and remote as well as outer suburban areas that currently are not aren’t well serviced by the fee-based Medicare system.”

Original Paragraph 66:

Labor will continue to support the mental health workforce and provide more support for rural and regional mental health services. Labor will:

  • ensure the development of a national mental health workforce strategy

  • consider new innovations in areas of undergraduate training and ensure appropriate VET sector training options for the mental health sector workers, including nurses and peer workers

  • seek to improve the retention of psychiatrists and psychologists in the public system, and will work with state and territory governments with a focus in areas such as outer suburban areas and rural and regional areas

  • ensure a greater number of psychological services are available in rural and remote as well as outer suburban areas that aren’t well serviced by the fee-based Medicare system.




Amendment 576A

Chapter: 11 – Australia’s place in a changing world
Paragraph: 97
Page Number: 186
Mover: Simon Miller
Seconder: Trung Doan
Amendment Text:

New paragraph after:

Labor is committed to Australia taking a leadership role on the issue of international development assistance, committing to actively campaigning through international forums, multilateral and bilateral frameworks and its relationships with other countries to ensure, as far as possible, the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and internationally agreed aid and development assistance targets.

Original Paragraph 97:

Labor believes that the Millennium Development Goals, the global blueprint to end extreme poverty, should continue to guide Australia’s international development assistance. Labor wants an aid program makes a real difference to those living in extreme poverty, working to:

  • eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • achieve universal primary education

  • promote gender equality and empower women

  • reduce child mortality

  • improve maternal health and family planning

  • combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • ensure environmental sustainability

  • develop a global partnership for development.




Amendment 579A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 76
Page Number: 128
Mover: Chris Brown
Seconder: Tim Jacobson
Amendment Text:

Amend paragraph 76 of chapter 8 to read:

 

“76 Allied health professionals

 

Labor will:

 

  • invest to provide allied and ancillary health professionals with the clinical training they need, including access to adequate supervised practice placements

  • work with Medicare Locals to ensure allied health professionals are better integrated into local primary health care services

  • ensure sufficient university and VET places are available to for allied and ancillary health students including for professionals across Australia in areas such as social work, occupational therapy, psychology, primary health promotion counselling, and psychotherapy, and family welfare services and peer support workers.

  • encourage and foster multidisciplinary team-based care.”

Original Paragraph 76:

Labor will:

  • invest to provide allied and ancillary health professionals with the clinical training they need

  • work with Medicare Locals to ensure allied health professionals are better integrated into local primary health care services

  • ensure sufficient university places are available to allied and ancillary health students, including for primary health promotion counselling and psychotherapy, and family welfare services

  • encourage and foster multidisciplinary team-based care.




Amendment 581A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: After 68
Page Number: 127
Mover: Jamie Gardiner
Seconder: Steve Staikos
Amendment Text:

New wording replacing 149A
That the “Mental health” section be amended by adding, after paragraph 68 on page 127, as a new paragraph:
Labor recognises that LGBTI Australians are a group at high risk of mental illness, in particular depression and suicidal ideation, because of issues such as discrimination and harassment. Labor has identified this group as a priority and will ensure services and resources are targeted to address the needs of this community.

Original Paragraph After 68:

Preamble:




Amendment 582A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 29
Page Number: 46
Mover: Paddy Crumlin
Seconder: Michael O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Labor recognises that Public Private Partnerships have a legitimate role to play in financing infrastructure. Labor believes that PPP policy and guidelines should be nationally consistent and provide for best practice infrastructure provision, and best practice employment standards. Labor recognises that PPPs will not be the most suitable funding mechanism for many infrastructure projects and that risk should be considered on a case by case basis. Labor believes PPPs should only be used where they represent value for money, and that risk should be allocated to the party best able to manage it.  

The capital required to meet our infrastructure needs will be met from a mix of public and private sources.  

Labor will work with the superannuation industry, particularly industry super funds, to harness the retirement savings of Australia’s workforce to build our infrastructure, and provide stable investment returns for their members.

 Labor will allocate a share of future surpluses to the $12.6 Billion Building Australia Fund, to provide a stable funding pool to invest in our critical infrastructure needs.

Labor will initiate a review of the mechanisms that support the dual objective of superannuation investment in priority infrastructure and supporting sustainable outcomes for superannuation members.

Original Paragraph 29:

Labor values are about giving people the opportunity to get ahead. They’re also about making sure no one gets left behind. Under Labor, no community in Australia will be without access to high-speed broadband. Every home, school, hospital and business will receive high-speed broadband via the NBN – no one will miss out.




Amendment 583A

Chapter:
Paragraph: 58 (additional point)
Page Number: 181
Mover: Kevin Rudd
Seconder: Brendan O’Connor
Amendment Text:

Labor will appoint a Global Ambassador for People Trafficking Issues to give greater coordination and focus to Australia’s efforts to take action against people trafficking.

Original Paragraph 58 (additional point) :




Amendment 585A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 121
Page Number: 0
Mover: Michele O’Neil
Seconder: Barry Tubner
Amendment Text:

That paragraph 121 in Chapter 3 be amended to read: The conditions of support to TCF companies will be designed to ensure sustainable employment outcomes, ethical labour and environmental standards, and maintain capacity and build skills. 

Original Paragraph 121:

The conditions of support to TCF companies will be designed to ensure sustainable employment outcomes, maintain capacity and build skills.




Amendment 586A

Chapter: 3 – Building Australia’s future
Paragraph: 9
Page Number: 33
Mover: Justine Elliot
Seconder: Sharon Bird
Amendment Text:

Insert at End:

Labor affirms it’s commitment to utilizing the local expertise available in our regions through the structure of Regional Development Australia to deliver leadership on economic development and diversification for their communities.

Original Paragraph 9:

Labor is committed to building strong and dynamic regional communities. Regions play a vital role in Australia’s economy. Labor is investing in regional Australia and in nation-building infrastructure to enable our regions to prosper. Quality government services, local skills development and a high speed National Broadband Network are vital to our region’s economic health. The patchwork nature of our economy also means we must engage the regions. The regions are the patches and by tapping in to their local input, we can make the patches work better. If communities are stronger and more connected at the local level, overall productivity rises at the national level with benefits for regions and the nation.




Amendment 588A

Chapter: 8 – Preparing for Australia’s future health needs
Paragraph: 55
Page Number: 125
Mover: Gregory Donnelly
Seconder: Bernie Smith
Amendment Text:

Add new first dot point:

“Address drug abuse through national and community campaign