The Jones Report - 16 February 2018

You know when social media issues its own #hashtag to describe a political incident that the mob are laughing at you, not with you. When #bonkban started trending this week, it confirmed my every instinct. Continue reading

DOORSTOP: CANBERRA: TURNBULL-JOYCE CHAOS AND REGIONAL FUNDING DELAYS

STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Good morning everyone. Well it’s time for Barnaby Joyce to do the right thing by the country, by his party and step down. And, if he is not going to do that, if the National Party can’t sort out their own issues, then the Prime Minister has to act. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 9 February 2018

When your Government has a plan for corporate tax cuts but not for wages - This week the Reserve Bank Governor repeated calls for a pay-rise for Australian workers. Absent of a plan to address the problem, the Government reverted to the only trick in its book of “trickle-down economics”: a whopping $65 billion worth of tax cuts. Mr Turnbull claims these will be passed on to workers. There is no evidence – anywhere – that this will happen. Continue reading

Doorstop: Canberra

E&OE TRANSCRIPTDOORSTOPCANBERRAMONDAY, 5 FEBRUARY 2018 SUBJECTS: Coalition’s pork-barrelling National Stronger Regions Fund, Newspoll, Citizenship STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Good morning everyone. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 2 February 2018

Federal ICAC is now inevitable. Labor Leader, Bill Shorten, used his first keynote address for 2018 to announce a Labor Government will introduce one. And while Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has opposed the move; the public pressure will be all one way. Continue reading

DOORSTOP: Citizenship, same-sex marriage debate

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP CANBERRA WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER OCTOBER 2017 SUBJECTS: Citizenship, same-sex marriage debate STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Good morning. Well a few weeks ago, Labor agreed with the Government on a process of show and tell. Overnight, we have seen that only Labor has done the show and tell. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - BUNDABERG

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP BUNDABERG MONDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2017 SUBJECTS: Bundaberg Men’s Sheds, NBN,  Turnbull Government in Crisis LEANNE DONALDSON, LABOR MEMBER FOR BUNDABERG:  Well, we’re here today with Stephen Jones, Shadow Minister for Regional  Communications, Regional Services and Regional Development.   And, it’s great to have him here in the regions with us and I’m here with the Bundaberg Men’s Shed as well, today, where a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will provide $200,000 to the Bundaberg Men’s Shed for them to build a new shed right there on their new ground.  Continue reading

Coalition’s failed NBN and New England by-election

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP TAMWORTH THURSDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2017 SUBJECTS:   Coalition’s failed NBN and New England by-election DAVID EWINGS, LABOR CANDIDATE FOR NEW ENGLAND: We’re in Tamworth today continuing our campaign in the New England by-election and it’s a real pleasure to have Stephen Jones - the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications. Our focus today is the NBN and hasn’t it been an absolute schmozzle . We’ve got fibre in Armidale and, yet, in Tamworth we’ve got something entirely different.   It’s a total joke. It looks like the man who allegedly invented the internet has broken the internet. Continue reading

Compensation of consumers on Malcolm Turnbull’s copper NBN; Citizenship.

E&OE TRANSCRIPTDOORSTOP INTERVIEW SYDNEY WEDNESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2017 SUBJECTS: Compensation of consumers on Malcolm Turnbull’s copper NBN; Citizenship. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT - DOORSTOP - CANBERRA - WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2017

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP CANBERRA WEDNESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2017 SUBJECTS: Extraordinary AWU police raids STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Well you know it’s a sitting week in Canberra when the Government introduces legislation to have a go at the union movement. You know it’s a sitting week in Canberra when they have one of their goons standing up in here, using Parliamentary Privilege to slander and defame a member of the public. But yesterday, they took it to an all-time low. We now know that there is no limit to which the Government won’t go to use the power of the state to attack and go after their political opponents for political reasons. Continue reading