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PM reveals parliamentary agenda priorities, aged care high on the list

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Introducing paid family and domestic violence leave will be one of the first priorities of the Federal Government when the new parliament meets.

The Government’s proposed laws will allow any Australian worker to access 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave.  

It will deliver on an election promise to ensure work is not a barrier for someone who needs to leave a violent home life. 

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said the legislation would give women the opportunity to leave a dangerous relationship without losing work.

“I’ve got to tell you, it gets pretty depressing on this show — I reckon almost every second day we are discussing some form of domestic violence, someone who has paid a terrible price for the violence of others,” she told the ABC on Thursday.

Australians voted for change and my government is working hard and delivering. These are important first steps towards fixing aged care, protecting vulnerable Australians, addressing the challenges in our economy and working … to confront the challenges and opportunities from our changing climate.

Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese

Rishworth said she would be discussing delivering a 10-year national plan to end abuse against women and children at a meeting with her state and territory counterparts on Friday.

She said her Government was also committed to implementing recommendations made by scathing reports about the culture in Parliament House. 

The 47th parliament will meet for the first time on Tuesday and sit for two weeks. 

Aged care reforms and enshrining the Government’s 43 per cent emissions reduction target in law are also among the prime minister’s priorities.

The proposed aged care law intends to put nurses back into nursing homes, put a stop to high administration and management fees and improve integrity and accountability for residential homes.

In the jobs and skills sector, the Government will propose to establish a new statutory body to provide independent advice on workforce needs and help tackle Australia’s labour crisis.

The first sitting week would be about starting to create a better future for Australia, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said.

Australians voted for change and my Government is working hard and delivering… No one held back, no one left behind, and a parliament all Australians can be proud of — that’s what I’ll be focused on when we meet together next week.

PM Albanese

“Australians voted for change and my Government is working hard and delivering,” he said in a statement.

“These are important first steps towards fixing aged care, protecting vulnerable Australians, addressing the challenges in our economy and working with our friends and allies to confront the challenges and opportunities from our changing climate.

“No one held back, no one left behind, and a parliament all Australians can be proud of — that’s what I’ll be focused on when we meet together next week.”

While the Government has a 77 seat majority required to pass legislation in the lower house, the Senate presents a challenge.

Holding just 26 seats, well short of the required Senate majority, the Government will need to negotiate with the 18-strong cross bench or the opposition to gain 39 votes to pass legislation. 

AAP

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