In the News
It is a cold, clear night tonight here by the Harbour where modern Australia was conceived. A perfect night to head out for a meal at one of our city’s world-renowned restaurants, perhaps, for fish.
Imagine it now, as we order the Yellowfin Tuna. The first mouthful is absolutely delicious. But what if we were then to learn that the fisherman who caught that same fish we are eating is a slave?
The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to reduce the risk that Australian goods and services are tainted by modern slavery.
The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 establishes a Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement that requires over 3,000 large companies and other entities to publish annual public statements on their actions to address modern slavery in their supply chains and operations.
In a world first, the Australian Government will lead by example by publishing an annual statement covering possible modern slavery risks in Commonwealth procurement.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, encourages community organisations in Mitchell to apply for grant funding to support the efforts of their volunteers.
Alex Hawke said the Turnbull Government was providing $20 million worth of grants valued between $1,000 and $5,000 to not-for-profit organisations.
“The grants can be used towards the cost of essential items that help make the work of Mitchell’s volunteers easier, safer, and more enjoyable, such as equipment, training, transport and background screening,” Alex Hawke said.
Families, including those in Mitchell will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s reforms to the handling of family law matters in the federal court system.
A single new Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (FCFCA) will be established from 1 January, 2019 through the amalgamation of the existing Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Australia.
A new Family Law Appeal Division in the Federal Court of Australia will also be established to hear all appeals in family law matters from the newly created FCFCA.
Federal Member for Mitchell, the Hon Alex Hawke MP, has welcomed the 2018-19 Federal Budget – a plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians.
“We are providing responsible tax relief – starting in the Budget year for low and middle income earners – to ensure Australians keep more of their hard earned income. We are also lifting tax brackets to ensure that wages don't get eaten up by higher taxes.” Mr Hawke said. “65,616 taxpayers in Mitchell will stand to benefit from the low and middle income tax relief in the upcoming 2018-19 financial year.”