The Jones Report - 6 April 2018

Government  backbenchers are jittery ahead of the release of the 30th newspoll.  It plans to be shocker for the Prime Minister.  Particularly with a group of disgruntled ex PMs and backbenchers using this issue to wedge the PM on the issue of coal and coal fired power stations ahead of the poll result.  It’s hard to find a financier, an energy expert or a generator who is keen to build one – but this hasn’t stopped the ginger group appropriating the name of the war hero, General Monash for their cause. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 23 March 2018

Ever heard of Cambridge Analytica? Well that probably changed this week when the shadowy political marketing company which lurks in the murky world of data mining and fake news was exposed for its role in using Facebook data to manipulate the outcome of the US elections. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 9 March 2018

This week Sharon Bird, Jim Chalmers and I held a roundtable in Wollongong with local community sector representatives. Cost of living is growing across the Illawarra with increases to housing costs, electricity price rises and the Turnbull Government’s cuts to family and household benefits. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 2 March 2018

This was a pretty shabby week in Federal politics. While the public are rightly fed up with sordid allegations about politicians, the former Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, hasn’t got the message. She threatened to read unsubstantiated rumours into Hansard about female staffers in the Leader of the Opposition’s office.  At roughly the same time, the new Minister for Women was addressing an International Womens Day function. One of these senior Government Ministers was on message. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT: CANBERRA: LIBERAL NATIONAL CHAOS, WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (WISPs), REGIONAL FUNDING

STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Good morning. Well, there’s got to be more to being a National Party MP than coming down to Canberra in a big hat with a fake stockwhip. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 23 February 2018

For the 16th straight day, the bloke with the red face in a big hat hogged the front page and the first story in every news bulletin. Barnaby Joyce’s resignation today is welcomed and appropriate. Not because of his personal affairs or because of the untested allegations about sexual harassment but because he was clearly unable to continue doing his job. Continue reading

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