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In this edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter: More tax tips, Veterans Medals, Homelessness Week and more...
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Werriwa eNewsletter

07 August 2020

Dear <<First Name>>

This week I would have been in Canberra for a Parliamentary sitting. Unfortunately, the Morrison Government cancelled the sitting based on health advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is critically important in a democracy, that Parliaments sit to enable legislation to be debated, amended and passed. It is also a vital forum for holding the government to account.

State Parliaments and our local Councils continue to meet and do business. The Morrison Government must find a way for the parliament to continue to operate that ensures we remain a healthy democracy, a healthy community and the people are represented.

The response to the M5 East petition has been overwhelming. People are upset and angry by this unfair new toll on an old road imposed by the State Liberal Government.

If you haven’t received a copy of the petition or would like additional copies, please contact my office via email at anne.stanley.mp@aph.gov.au or call 8783 0977.

Keep safe and kind regards

Anne

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In this edition of the Werriwa eNewsletter:

Paid Pandemic Leave

Labor has been calling for paid pandemic leave since the start of this pandemic five months ago. I welcome the recent comments by Scott Morrison that paid pandemic leave is necessary.

Paid pandemic leave prevents community transmission before it happens. Every one of us requires the financial security to be able to self-isolate in the event they are unwell, have been exposed to someone with the virus, are awaiting the results of a COVID test or who have tested positive.

While this payment may help slow community transmission of coronavirus, it has come too late to prevent loss of life. If Mr Morrison had listened five months ago this second wave may have been far less severe.

We need paid pandemic leave to be available across Australia, not just for one state. Universal paid pandemic leave would help prevent the virus spreading in other areas.

Commemoration of the Second World War

The Minister for Veterans Affairs has launched a Special Commemorative Medallion marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

This Medallion is available to every living Second World War veteran to publicly acknowledge their service. Australia is grateful for all who fought to protect our way of life in the terrible conflict that ended 75 years ago.

Second World War veterans, or their families on their behalf, can apply online for the Commemorative Medallion by using the link below or, for those without internet access, by phone on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) during business hours.

For more information or to apply for a Commemorative Medal click here.

Homelessness Week

Last week was Homelessness Week, which highlights the issues associated with not having a safe place to call your own.

The most recent census revealed that more than 116,000 Australians are homeless, 900 of those in our own community. The most damning statistic is that the fastest growing group of homeless are women over 55 - our mothers, sisters and grandmothers.

The Morrison Government’s HomeBuilder scheme has been rich in marketing, but poor in execution. It is still not available to those in NSW and doesn’t put a single dollar towards social housing.

Investment in social housing not only stimulates the construction sector but provides a boost to the entire economy. During the GFC, the Labor Government kept the nation out of recession by providing $5 billion dollars towards 20,000 new social housing dwellings and repairing 80,000 others.

Social housing provides a roof over people’s heads and provides much needed work for our tradies and builders. We know it works, because we've done it before.

Tax Time: Fix a Mistake

Have you lodged your tax return and realised you have made a mistake or have left something out? There is no need to worry as you can request an amendment using the ATO's online service via myGov.

You will have to wait until the ATO has finished processing your original tax return before you can request an amendment. Try to avoid amending multiple times in a short period by taking the time to make all the corrections you need in the first instance to avoid delays.

Find out more on tracking your tax return or fixing mistakes here.

Ray Hely, An Engineer’s Eye

Liverpool Regional Museum is currently holding an exhibition of rare and extensive photographic archive, films and industrial heritage artefacts from Liverpool from 1971 to 1993.

This gallery was captured by Ray Hely, a Senior Civil Engineer employed by Liverpool City Council. Ray captured the rapid development of Liverpool over two decades and all that was captured is now on display at the Liverpool Regional Museum. The collection includes the official, unofficial and unseen Liverpool of the 70s, 80s and early 90s.

An Engineers Eye exhibition is free and on display from 4 August to 23 December at Liverpool Regional Museum, Cnr Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool NSW, 2170.

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