Broadband relief on horizon for Horsley

September 15

Horsely_NBN_map_update_150914.jpgFederal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones has welcomed the news that residents in Horsley and West Dapto will soon be connected to fast and reliable internet on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Over 2,000 homes and businesses in Horsley and West Dapto will receive Labor’s high-speed fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, Stephen Jones said today.

After a hard-fought campaign for improved broadband services for the area, Mr Jones said he was pleased that NBN Co would be rolling out Labor’s all fibre broadband network to Horsley families and businesses.

“This is a win for the people of Horsley who have been crying out for improved broadband services for some time but there are still many other areas in the region stuck in broadband limbo”, said Jones.

“Access to fast and reliable broadband is still a huge and ongoing issue for a lot of newer suburbs in our region like Tullimbar, Oak Flats and Albion Park.

“I’ve been campaigning with locals to get fibre connected to the premises for the past two years because many residents don’t even have access to basic ADSL.


Address to the AHHA and ACHS National Conference

September 10






Newspeak/Doublethink: The Contribution of Eric Blair to Public Debate on Australian Health Policy in 2014

I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

Our health system is facing its greatest challenge in 40 years.

For the past five months the public has been drawn to the debate on how we fund health services in Australia. This is not a new debate. 40 years ago the country was enthralled in an idea called Medibank. The name was different the issues were the same.

The Medibank legislation was historic for the Parliament and for the country. It was the first Joint Sitting of Parliament under s59 of the Constitution following a double dissolution – the deadlock provision for resolving disputes between the Upper and Lower House. There has not been another. 

More importantly it fundamentally transformed the way we think about health care in Australia. It set the framework for Bob Hawke and Neal Blewett to introduce Medicare a decade later.


Statement of support for Australian assistance in Iraq

September 04

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (12:13):  This morning the world learned that a second American journalist had been murdered in the civil war in Iraq. It was met with international outrage. It is understandable that citizens of other countries attend their view to an atrocity when it touches one of their own, but this does not overshadow the more than 5,000 Iraqis who have been slaughtered or the 12,000 who have been wounded, enslaved, abused and otherwise had their lives cut short at the hands of the murderous criminals who are masquerading as a cause. The United Nations has reported ISIS and its allies have committed 'systematic and egregious violations' against civilians, including mass killings, sexual violence, kidnapping, destruction of property and attacks on places of religious worship and of great historical importance. These must be resisted.

To deploy Australian forces to another country—to engage in operations in a theatre of war—is probably one of the gravest decisions any country can make. I believe it is proper that these decisions are made by governments, who necessarily have more information and intelligence at their fingertips, and are ultimately responsible for the consequences of their decisions. That does not mean that parliament does not have a role. It is equally proper that the Australian people are engaged in this debate and, through their representatives in parliament, can express their views.


Labor's cosmetics and animal testing consultation attracts 13,000 submissions

September 03

More than 13,000 on-line submissions have been received in response to Labor’s public consultation on cosmetics and animal testing with 92 per cent supporting a ban on cosmetics tested on animals.

The consultation commenced in July and delivers on Labor’s commitment to conduct a national consultation on the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics tested on animals.

The public consultation was motivated by Labor’s desire to get our policy on animal testing right.

In addition to over 13,000 on-line submissions, a broad range of Australians attended public forums in six capital cities, including school children, animal activists, representatives from industry and interested members of the community who do not want the cosmetics used in their home tested on animals. 

Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones stressed that any move by Labor to ban animal testing will adopt a consultative, reasoned and balanced approach.


Closing address to the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

September 03

Thank you for your contribution

Thank you for the role that each of you play in improving the health of rural and remote Australians.

Whether you are a frontline healthcare provider, a researcher, data analyst or a public servant.

Together, you help provide us with one of the best, most efficient health systems in the world.

Australians are rightly proud of their health system. You can be proud of your contribution to it – and to our nation.

It’s fair and efficient.

World class health systems don’t just build themselves.

They take events like this, with the sharing of ideas. They require the primacy of evidence and science to underpin decision making and imagination.


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