Stopping violence against women and children is priority for Barton MP Linda Burney

Barton MP Linda Burney.
Barton MP Linda Burney.

Barton MP Linda Burney is proud of her work in the community over the past three years and is ready to get to work under a Shorten Labor Government in the portfolios she has held as Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and for Preventing Family Violence.

"I've had a very good response from the community and they are aware of my work," Ms Burney said.

Ms Burney said this is reflected in the major campaign announcements supporting various communities in the Barton electorate.

These are: $1.089 million to St George District Netball Association, $250,000 for Rockdale City Suns for upgrading of lighting which will allow televising of games, and $5.2 million for robotic surgery at St George Hospital.

Another major announcement has been Federal Labor's $200 million pledge to clean up waterways including rehabilitating the Cooks River.

The ALP has also announced $14.7 million in funding for schools across the Barton electorate, something Ms Burney takes a great interest in as a former teacher.

This includes $380,000 for Arncliffe Public School, $90,000 for Arncliffe West Infants School, $480,000 for Beverly Hills Public School, $470,000 for Bexley North Public School, $670,000 for Brighton Le Sands Public School, $790,000 for Carlton Public School, $420,000 for Georges River College Hurstville Boys Campus, $1,100,000 for Hurstville Public School, $1,180,000 for Kingsgrove High School, $1,180,000 Kogarah High School, $3560,000 Kogarah Public School, $70,000 Kyeemagh Infants School, $400,000 Rockdale Public School, $950,000 for St George Girls High and $900,000 Sydney Technical High School.

"There have been a number of announcements pertaining to my portfolios as Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services and for Preventing Family Violence," Ms Burney said.

"I am proud of the ALPs commitment to provide $660,000 towards the prevention of family violence," she said.

A Shorten Labor Government will more than double current funding to reduce violence against women and their children.

"This is something that is going to be a huge priority for the ALP.

"I'm really proud to be a woman in the ALP," Ms Burney said.

"After the election, our caucus will be 50 per cent women and this is six years ahead of our timetable.

"Part of my portfolio will be NDIS. We have launched a plan to fix the NDIS."

This includes establishing an NDIS Future fund, and providing more and better trained staff, more choice and easier reviews.

Other ALP policy announcements she is proud to highlight are Labor's Long Stay Parent visa scheme which will allow more migrant families to be reunited and reduce the cost of visas, Labor's Pensioner Dental Plan allowing age pensioners and Commonwealth SeniorsHealth Card holders will be able to access $1,000 worth of dental services every two years, and its Cancer Car Plan to slash out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients.

Ms Burney also highlights Labor's commitment to preschool education, increasing salaries for people working in the sector and having universal access to three and four year olds across the country.

"Labor has put out its policies well in advance," Ms Burney said.

"All the government has been able to do is put out falsities about supposed plan to increase taxes, where actually our tax plan is more generous,.

"The Liberals want to give huge tax breaks to the top end of town when Labor aims to help people earning less than $40,000 a year."

One area of change she has noticed in this campaign compared with the 2016 campaign is that there is more concern about climate change.

"People speaking to me say climate change is much more of an issue," she said.

"Scott Morrison wants to deny it but it is a major issue in this election."

Ms Burney highlights Labor's 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, commitment to reducing Australia's pollution by 45 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero pollution by 2050.

"If people want climate action they should vote for us," she said.

"Fixing the NDIS and getting moving on issues concerning violence against women and violence in the community are my priorities," she said.

And serving the Barton community.

"I'm passionate about the area. I've served the area well," she said

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