AUDIT OFFICE COMMENCE INVESTIGATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM

Labor welcomes the announcement by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) to investigate the Coalition’s Community Development Grants program. Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Stephen Jones MP, said the Coalition had allocated nearly $1 billion with next to no transparency. “Successive Minsters for Regional Development have used the Community Development Grants as a slush fund for using millions of dollars of public money for their own political purposes. 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

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, slammed Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals for the chaos and madness that they have created in the Federal Parliament by cancelling the second last week of sittings of the House of Representatives. Sharon Bird said the Turnbull Government was running scared and Malcolm Turnbull was too afraid to face the Parliament and debate important issues such as marriage equality, penalty rates, a banking royal commission and citizenship. Continue reading

TURNBULL’S NBN FAILED BUNDABERG COMMUNITY

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Leanne Donaldson said Turnbull’s second-rate copper NBN had failed the Bundaberg community. Visiting Bundaberg today, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, said Turnbull’s poor technology choices – switching from fibre to copper – was a disaster throughout regional Australia. “Bundaberg was one of the first sites in Queensland to have copper-NBN switched on,” Mr Jones said Continue reading

RESIGNATION OF GRAHAME GOULD (LIFELINE)

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today recognised the huge contribution Grahame Gould has made to the community in the Illawarra during his 24 years as Executive Director of Lifeline South Coast. Grahame has always been a leading voice on mental health issues and suicide prevention in the Illawarra.  He has always provided great local input on policy issues and was instrumental in ensuring that Lifeline services were available to people in the Illawarra during their times of need. Continue reading