• Richard Marles
  • Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party | Shadow Minister for Defence | Federal Member for Corio

Here for Geelong

Representing the people of the Geelong, Bellarine and Lara areas as the Member for Corio is the greatest honour of my working life.

As your local Federal MP, I want to be a strong voice fighting for a positive future for the Geelong region, and to do my job effectively I need to hear what matters to you and your family.

If I can help you with a Federal matter, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Marles

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2 hours ago

Richard Marles MP

How does Scott Morrison expect people to get a job if there isnโ€™t one for them in the first place? ... See MoreSee Less

How does Scott Morrison expect people to get a job if there isnโ€™t one for them in the first place?

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The facts that the government wants to have an the reality are extremely wide and getting worse each day. No matter how much spin or bullshit they come up with we are no longer the lucky country, every family can’t afford a home or the rent. The coalition is closing all the doors for the unemployed and demonising them. It’s only a matter of tome before they blame the farmers for the drought. Our government is not doing its job we deserve better!

There are not enough jobs and Morrison knows this!! He lies when he tries to convince us there are plenty! Barely enough part time work. Two hours of work per week and a person is considered to be employed!!! Crap pay as well! He has done nothing but talk about infrastructure about to take place,but nothing will happen!!! Where is the money Morrison??? Don't expect the poor to pay for your stupidity!!!

Unemployed people and Newstart recipients are easy targets. Just think about looking for a job and not even getting a response from your interview or an acknowledgment of your applications, now do it every day. Then read what is being said about you in the media. |Now, how do you feel?

There should be one simple formula for employment, employment has in modern times been based on 40 hours a week not the amount of hours that allow employers to not pay any entitlements like sick leave, annual leave let alone long service leave. The LNP over the years have allowed over a million full time jobs to become part time jobs and then boast they have created a million of jobs based on the same employment hours. Data can say anything you want depending on how it is used so we need a one rule on employment that all parties must use not the good or bad news bullshit we get.

Pollie,s live in their own world, it must be such a lovely place where everything is rosy and neat.

Yes and it's not just the companies closing down, but so are the shops as people are buying on line more. More people are also using the self serve machines in places like BigW, Coles, Kmart and Woolworths everytime I go into 1 of those places there is only 1or 2 working at the checkouts. The poor kids today will have nowhere to get a job to earn a living very sad indeed.

So now they know what WE HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG!!

And part time jobs are not full employment. All talk and no action. Is ruining Australia more than ever. Once we were called the lucky country. I wonder how many can do so now.

And it’s even harder almost impossible to get a job if you have any kind of disability. You just don’t/want get an interview and when you do get one they’ll give the job to the person without a disability. But you can’t get the disability support pension you basically have to be unable to walk talk hear or see to get it. The government has taken out the Support from it and thinks that nobody deserves it and that everyone is a dole bludger. Then you have to live in complete poverty on Newstart but the government makes sure they and their top end of town mates are looked after. But we have only ourselves to blame because they got voted back in. Well I didn’t vote for them never ever would I vote for them.

We have been saying that for years.

I've been saying that for ages . So much for political bullshit !!!

Because he doesn’t have the intelligence to understand? Because he is profoundly deaf? Because he is convinced that he is always right? Because someone told him that there were lots of jobs for everyone, and he believed them? Because he is stubborn, stupid and inept? Just asking!

He got the idea from Barnaby .

Scomo - maths obviously is not your subject.

Not hard to work, especially when you cannot put food on the table to feed your family and have electricity.

You can pray for a job and get a miracle ๐Ÿ˜ก

Currently despite NT Chief Minister pushing jobs in NT, there are job losses due to very poor management in a least 1 essential industry. Not good for workers or the local community.

But isn’t that the best form of social security?

Perhaps on the hilltop! !!!!!๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Silly boy Richard!! That’s where the miracles happen I expect! All clap hands and sing a song, sing along like a happy chappy, then speak in tongues as you understand it.... There you go... job interview over!! You’ve had a go now you will get a go... go home and wait for the next round of jobs you won’t get either!!!

The lucky country?

Seems to be plenty for the immigrants though!!

Spot on no jobs

Hello ...is this supposed to be news....

He doesn't. That allows him to cut people off. Once thay are not on the books, he calls them employed beca7use they are not registered as unemployed. Thought Labor would have known that being you are in politics to some degree. We're gonna need a bigger think tank.

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12 hours ago

Richard Marles MP

Time is running out - This Government must act now. ... See MoreSee Less

Time is running out - This Government must act now.

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Of course they won’t! Too busy hoarding their precious decoy surplus and feathering their own and their rich mates nests! Thought and prayers in plenty though!

I hope all them that voted Lib are happy.

Oh please, enough of the photos and emotionally laden arguments for the bush. Australia is an arid country end of story. Yes, there definitely needs to be a Royal Commission into the mismanagement and corruption of the Murray Darling basin.

I am really saddened when I see pics like this and yes the LNP need to do something now , but I don't understand what they can do immediately. Can someone tell me is it just something simple like sending tank loads of water to help the farmers . It would help if someone more knowledgeable on these matters than me could explain

Have been expressing that exact statement for nearly one year. Why is there no National Emergency for this drought? We need to drought proof our Country and start this immediately with dams, pipelines etc. Water purification also. Do something please Gov. Use ALL OUR SPARE MONEY for this. We don't care about surplus etc. You are building a big bank account with all the money you are hoarding instead of spending on promised projects. Guess next election you will brag about how much money you have saved and start blaming Labor for whatever you can dig up.

I’m afraid it’s the drought called the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Stop giving money away specially to the conniving UN. If it was affecting your pocket SCOMO you would be doing something about it very quick

Please stand up to Clive Palmer and call out the greed ,try to stop his coal mine.

๐Ÿค”Could there be another motive here less farmers and farming the higher prices for supply and demand .(didn't Gina buy another farm,not saying she can't but๐Ÿค”). I know the drought it not the governments fault but the lack of support is and why have they dragged their feet on this disaster .๐Ÿค”Wait until it hits the pockets of those in the community that a finding it tuff to feed there families now.Wont be the farmer receiving that money made from the sale of their produce .

They didn't have a plan before the election and they don't have one now, yet the people most affected STILL voted them back in. They are resistant to change and will continue to vote for them until nothing is left. And then they'll vote them back in again. You can't help people who won't help themselves.

Caused by a rotten NLP GOVERNMENT can’t think of why any clear thinking farmer could vote for them

Why hasn’t the two ABC Four Corners investigations into alleged water theft and profiteering been raised in Federal Parliament? There was plenty of evidence of wrong doing!!!! Maybe this is why Morrison and co are hellbent on jailing journalist and whistle blowers Is it that the LNP have something to hide and they fear being caught out, by good investigative journalism !!!!

we need a new government one that cares about the Australian people not just big business

Instead of whinging..... again.... put pressure on the government to act on your plan Richard to save to farmers and those affected by drought. Oh yeah, you don't have one either, your discussing it and will release it closer to the election. Here's a plan you can adopt. A national water pipeline that redirects water from our nation's north. Remember Townsville, not long ago there was a flood there. Could have been avoided if the water was redirected. Gladstone floods every year. DO YOUR JOB! Don't whinge, propose a plan and force the government to act on it if they don't have a plan and show the Australian people you actually care about them and not only at election time!

Some government should have acted decades ago. We just go from 1 drought to the next. Gee, could there be a pattern here?

Waiting for Barnaby Joyce’s review by sms.

They don't know how to act and it is our fault for letting them do nothing for so long. Clive how about throwing some money at a good cause build rather than destroy?

They need to turn their drought relief fund into feed & water delivered to those in need instead of another enquiry or board to absorb the needed funds

Come on we’ve had this problem on and off for years even if we thought of putting dams in the greens would worry about the environment and nothing gets done govern for the people if we need dams supply them don’t worry about the nonsense both major partys

I think it’s already decided Mother Nature knows best..

They didn't have a plan in the lead up to the election, and they havent any plan now. But you people fell for the LNP with there lies and spin and and as a result this is the tragic outcome.!!!!

What on earth makes you think that this government cares about farmers and national food security? They only care about stashing their money offshore

Sorry to spoil the party..... but TIME has already..run out

stop letting cotton growers steal all the water also miners stealingour water underground we have had droughts before but at least the rivers kept running not anymore as the gov lets them get away with it you cant eat cotton but you can rice an veg n fruit we dont want overseas rubish we want aussie stuff

Don't let "Beetroot Face" see that pool of water, he'll sell it to a rich COTTON grower!

Have been saying this for ages, what will it take to get some real action instead of “ Get another job” as quoted by someone.

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Gough Whitlam, a truly inspirational man, his legacy will live on forever. ... See MoreSee Less

Gough Whitlam, a truly inspirational man, his legacy will live on forever.

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Brilliant Statesman and politition! Outstanding orator! My idol in his day!

Never and ever we will see another Gough so RIP the great Australian

Whitlam, his team, Hawke/Keating, and their team all spoke with an unabashed Australian accent. They were frank, combative and truly focused on moving our country forward with the "men and women of Austraia" their main focus. Our next great hope was Kevin 07. Well it's jump to the right, time warp, plum in mouth , talking in circles...arghhh and then the ensuing shitfight and somewhere in there it all got lost. The raison d'e^etre, the brand (a construct I hate but valid), the thrust, guys and obstinence that characterized the Labor than I and many know and fondly remember is nowhere to be seen. Gough wouldn't know his old party or what they stand for now. Me either.

He was a brilliant but flawed man, who achieved a lot in his short time in the lodge. Sadly he listened more to the idealists in his party than he did to the realists and eventually the train and the economy derailed. Sadly although a great humanitarian, he strongly opposed the evacuation of mixed race orphans in the lead up to the fall of Saigon, purely because he didn't want to upset his leftist brothers in Hanoi. His career and legacy will always be subject to much debate and emotion, but it needs to be based on facts.

HIS LEGACY THE LIMA DECLARATIION ? I hopoe it wont live for ever. Took away Australia's manufacturing industries et al. I hope his despicable legacy will be rescinded (and UN kicked out of Australia) to enable us to rebuild what WE ONCE HAD BEFORE WHITLAM

Two great men in the photo... both will be remembered fondly.


Just love this photo. Two wonderful Australians. Prime Minister Gough Whitlam & Polly Farmer. What more could you ask for. Doesn’t get any better.

Yes Polly and Gough ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๐ŸŒด

I’m not a Rudd fan but a while ago I listened to him pushing his new book. One thing that stuck with me was that he said every PM bar Abbott have left a legacy behind after their time and all Abbott had done was destroy everything that he could that was put in place by Labor. Gough left more legacies than most followed by Hawk and Keating. I’m afraid Rudd next sales pitch he will add Morrison to Abbott’s legacy.

We have to aim high to be like Gough !

I thought the person standing with Gough was Poly Farmer ex Geelong football club .And Gough was wearing a Geelong jumper. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Two great Australians.

Great man who was never appreciated for what he did for this country.

he nearly brought Oz to its needs worst PM ever

As an emerging 20 year old tradesman when Gough was elected he opened my eyes as to what a great country this could be.......

Oh so very true Gough the Toff a beauty surronded in the main with dills.

I loved treat people were filled with optimism and schools were happy places to be.

Not inspirational at all.

Great man.one the best.in australia

Best PM ever. To think we have descended as low as Morrison who's done nothing for the country. Tragic.

2 brilliant men in their fields, Gough in politics and Polly Farmer in AFL.

Great seeing the old Geelong Team shot on the wall at the Orphanage Musume last Saturday I remember getting a football from Polly Farmer in St Augustines Boys Home way back then with Billy Goggin.

Won’t be another politician in the same class, if only he was allowed to finish his vision, this country would be laughing & cruisin

We so desperately need a Gough to be our champion today...He would be horrified at the state of the Federal Labor party at the moment.He was no "Centrist" or a part of the "Right Leaning" arm of Labor (which frankly shouldn't exist).He knew that he was there for the betterment of the Australian people,to support,educate and care for the poor ,not demonize them like the repulsive LNP.

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Labor believes in freedom of the press and the publicโ€™s right to know. This Government doesn't. ... See MoreSee Less

Labor believes in freedom of the press and the publicโ€™s right to know. This Government doesnt.

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Yes the ALP started this new found enthusiasm for lighter scrutiny requirements back in 2009 but let’s remember that this latest found of attacks have been passed in the Senate without successful amendments by the Hanson and independent x benchers. They were bought off in the first instance by the PM in his role as the Minister and ever since by the current one. Labor and Greens amendments (and on the odd occasion from Lambie) were thwarted by the government in the Senate a dozen times. Check the Hansard, see what these people have said one week then suddenly when the vote came on any of the amendments how they changed their minds. Particularly Hanson and her acolytes!

I am Labor through and through, but you guys helped pass all the legislation now being used.

Only those that have something to hide, would want to suppress the newspapers from printing the truth.

We have the most secretive democracy on Earth according to the New York Times. We have the LNP who vehemently despise dissent in any way or form, shape or size. Is it any wonder ? Well just look at what they do ! If I were a member of the LNP I’d be ashamed of the leadership !

So much for the Freedom Of Information act, what a joke! Typical of the top clowns in the LNC Circus.

Excellent from the newspapers involved

What an “HISTORIC MOMENT”in our Country!

Well Labor didn’t have to pass all the national security legislation. You could have either not passed it or insisted on proper checks and balances

Hey Labor your apparent belief in the freedom of the press would be just fine, if you already hadn't waved through law after law undermining our liberty in the name of "national security".

We wish this Govt. would do something decent for a change - BRING HOME Julian Assange!

So do I Richard,but I also believe in our national security not being compromised!๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘

Very disappointed in labor they seem to have lost their way as far as middle class Australian workers are concerned.We need freedom of the press to prevent this country change from a democracy to a dictatorship

This is what the people voted for. Teach the press a lesson they supported this LNP government

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. Thomas Jefferson

Welcome to the news of the day.

My question is, do any of the Newspapers belong to Murdoch. Surprise me.

Government secrecy is the first sign that something is very wrong... far right wing has taken control and will manipulate to their hearts content without the much needed media scrutiny... anyone who denies this is aiding and abetting the reactionaries...

Maybe so, but your not doing enough to show that you support freedom of the press.

The public should have the right to know all things relevant to their existence and world news

The government forget that they work for the Australian people as our taxes pay their wages.

Richard, stop supporting this sort of legislation. Appearing weak as piss.

Why has Labour backed all the repressive legislation over the last 10 years then . Gutless wimps.

Rupert giving Morrison a little slap on the wrist for not towing his line as tightly as requested. These papers will still slander Labor in every election cycle.

A good start. Now give us a clear answer on what you are going to do about it. Otherwise you are no better. Also calling a review is BS so don't.

Thank you to the protestors it is effective we could all boycott gov good look stories until change

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