E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP CAWARRAL, QUEENSLAND THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2017  SUBJECTS: TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S NBN  MURRAY WATT, LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND: It’s great to be in Cawarral today with our Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones; our State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, and Hannah, who is a local mum who has had some problems with the NBN. I’ll hand over to Hannah, firstly, who will speak and then we will have a bit of a chat. Continue reading


LEON COMPTON, JOURNALIST: The internet and to the NBN more generally has been a much discussed topic on this program and around Tasmania over the last decade or so. People are incredibly frustrated by the promises of the NBN and then the service that was ultimately delivered. It turns out that many internet service providers are just flat out misleading the community about the sorts of services that they’re promising to deliver and then the reality of what you pay for when it gets there. They’re promising speeds that you might get at 3am on a Tuesday morning but at no other time. What should we do about it? To the NBN in Tasmania more generally, Stephen Jones is the Labor Member for Whitlam and a Shadow Minister responsible for the National Broadband Network and Stephen Jones is in Tasmania today having a look around for his party. Stephen Jones good morning to you. Continue reading

Barnaby Joyce's Citizenship Shambles

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC RADIO ILLAWARRA TUESDAY, 15 AUGUST 2017 SUBJECT: Barnaby Joyce TONY ARTHUR:  The opposition was giving it to the government yesterday in question time, but it looks like the government is going to turn that around and retaliate against Labor's attempts to exploit the crisis over the deputy Prime Minister. So is Labor on solid ground? Stephen Jones is the federal member for Whitlam. Stephen Jones, good morning. STEPHEN JONES: Good morning. Good to be with you.   Continue reading


NICK RHEINBERGER :  It is alleged by the government that there are strongly held, sincere options on both sides, that’s fair enough. And that we can a peaceful debate. On the other hand we've seen people like Penny Wong saying it's going to whip up hatred, this whole debate, this whole postal plebiscite. We've seen it just yesterday with the Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones, who was one of the major proponents of same-sex marriage legislation for quite some time. On his twitter feed yesterday he put up a pretty disturbing piece of what he called 'fan mail'. And he is here with us now at 96.3 ABC Illawarra. Stephen Jones, good morning. Continue reading


STEPHEN JONES: It's great to be here on the central coast with the joint select committee with my parliamentary colleagues Senator Deb O'Neill, Senator Anne Urquhart, also joined here by Josh Wilson, who is the deputy chair, but also Emma McBride, the member for Dobell - she's a big advocate on the issues of NBN.   Continue reading

ABC Interview: Skybridge Whistleblower and NBN safety issues

E&OE TRANSCRIPT RADIO INTERVIEW ABC AM THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017   SUBJECTS:  Skybridge Whistleblower and NBN safety issues Continue reading

Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (16:45): This is a sad day. It is a sad day for the parliament and a sad day for the country because today the government has asked the parliament to approve its plan to downgrade the aspiration for Australian students, their education and the country—like the government abandoned its plans for jobs and growth in last week's budget. It is a very sad day indeed. Continue reading

Ann Sudmalis needs to fight for Gilmore Schools

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (13:45): A few moments ago this parliament was entertained by a shameful attack on the member for Cunningham by the member for Gilmore. The reason for this attack? The member for Cunningham was sticking up for schools in her electorate and students throughout the country—something that the member for Gilmore should be doing herself. I know that the member for Gilmore is very fond of 'fudge analogies'. Well, I call on the member for Gilmore to stop fudging the figures when it comes to school education. We know that the cuts in education are harming students across the country and in her electorate. In fact, $19 million is being ripped out of the schools in her very own electorate because of decisions of her government. Nowra East Public School will lose $1.3 million. Bomaderry High School will lose about $650,000 and Bomaderry Public School will lose $736,000. These are not wealthy areas; they are some of the poorest areas on the South Coast. Continue reading