Budgets, Reefs and Labour Day!

It's nearly May and we know that in the next few days the Prime Minister will call a federal election for Saturday 2 July. Here are a few updates.

Labour Day is back in May!

Queensland has a proud history when it comes to Labour Day. The first Queensland Labour Day march was held in 125 years ago in May in Barcaldine after wool shearers in Hughenden downed their tools, organised and fought for better conditions.

This year, Labour Day is back in May for the first time in 3 years after the Newman Government moved it to October, just one in the long list of attacks on union members the Newman Government performed during its three years of government.

This year it's time to celebrate all the industrial, social and community wins the union movement has achieved in Queensland over the past 125 years. We hope you can join us!

Click this link to find out where the closest Labour Day event is to you.

Federal Budget - May 3rd

On Tuesday 3 May, the Turnbull Government will deliver its final budget before we head off to another Federal election. With the horrors of the 2014 budget still fresh in everyone's minds, Queenslanders will be anxiously waiting to see if the government will turn away from its path of cuts to public services particularly in health and education.

It’s important to remember that this election is being called because the Senate refused to pass the Prime Minister's anti-union ABCC Bill. We’ve yet to see any indication from the government how they are planning to build future industries and jobs and tackle the problems of funding quality public services into the future. We'll have an update after the budget has been released.

The Prime Minster is likely to call the election next week after delivering this budget. One of the most important things you can do right now is to ensure your enrollment details are up-to-date.

Head to the AEC website now and make sure your details are correct and also check in with your friends and family to make sure they’re on the roll too!

Once again climate change is an election battle

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just announced $50 million dollars to be spent on new projects to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. This comes after the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce reported that almost $600 million was needed over five years to help reduce pollution impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. Greg Hunt and the Turnbull Government need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to protecting the reef. With the federal budget to be announced next Tuesday it will be clear from the figures whether the federal government have made protecting our reef as big a priority as they say they have.

Experts are telling us to protect the reef from the worst impacts of climate change we need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  If the federal government was serious about protecting the reef from the devastating effect of climate change, they would be joining the rest of the world in setting ambitious pollution reduction targets and making important policy & investment to transiting our economy. Just this week we saw the Labor Party take a big step in the right direction. They announced their climate policy which focuses on a faster and fairer transition towards a clean energy future. Click here to find out more.

In 2015 we sent the Newman Government a message that governments need to get serious about climate change and saving our reef, this year Queenslanders like you will send that same message to Malcolm Turnbull and his Minister in Canberra.

It's time to sort out tax!

We've heard a lot over the past few years about different types of tax arrangements that are increasing the wealth gap between the rich and the not-so-rich in Australia and the hot issue everyone is talking about right now is negative gearing.

Negative gearing is the process of using the loss from an investment you own to reduce your taxable income. The policy has resulted in Queenslanders having some of the most expensive property in the world and if your born after 1980 you are probably struggling to even buy a home. After promising signs earlier in the year that the Federal Government might be making changes to negative gearing, we now know that a re-elected Turnbull Government will leave negative gearing as it is.

This week Waleed Aly from The Project outlined the negative gearing problem we face and how important it is that governments address it. If you haven't already watched The Project's video on negative gearing - do it now! 

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