Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Good morning delegates and friends of the Labor movement.
I am honoured to second the motion for Chapter Four of the ALP National Platform.
There are obviously a few things different about this Conference, but one thing hasn’t changed.
The Australian Labor Party is the party of big ideas and the party with ambition for Australia.
Our opponents are obsessed with one thing – themselves.
But Anthony Albanese and the movement behind him want to build a better Australia.
An Australia where early education and child care is seen as an essential service – not a welfare measure.
An Australia where every parent – especially women – can work the hours they want and need.
An Australia where every child receives a world class early education.
Last October, in his first Budget Reply address, Anthony showed Australia’s families how ambitious he was for their future when he outlined his plan to deliver cheaper child care and move towards a universal system in government.
Labor’s plan for more affordable and accessible early education and care will make 97 per cent of all families in the system better off.
Beyond our short term plan to provide families with immediate relief, we’ve also been clear about our longer term ambition.
We want to see a universal 90 per cent subsidy for all families. Because we see early education and care as an essential service – not a welfare measure.
We won’t have an economic recovery that works for all Australians if we don’t recognise the issues facing women in the workforce and design policies to help them accordingly.
We know women face a gender pay gap. We know they do more unpaid work and caring, and casual work.
We can’t address these issues unless we take the shackles off the early education and child care system.
The research shows that our plan will benefit parents, children and our economy.
This is what Labor does. Bold ideas to set up the country for inclusive growth and a better future for our children.
If you want to see families and children made a priority in this country – then Labor is on your side.
With that, I second the motion for Chapter Four and look forward to working with all of you to help elect an Albanese Labor Government.