ADDRESS TO ALGA NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, Nunawall people, their elders past and present.  I would also like to acknowledge and welcome other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are attending this event and pay my respects to their elders, and I extend this acknowledgement and welcome to all community leaders and guests present today, young and old. I’d like to acknowledge and thank Mayor David O’Loughlin and the board of ALGA for the invitation to address you and for our ongoing dialogue. Continue reading

Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare

Well, in a Melbourne Cup field of dumb decisions, this government's decision to close the Warrawong office of Centrelink takes the cake. I'm pleased to be standing here today with the member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, calling on the government to stop this dumb decision going ahead. Why is it a dumb decision? Because Warrawong and the surrounding suburbs have some of the highest rates of unemployment of any area within the Illawarra. Continue reading

The Jones Report - 15 June 2018

This week the Government released its response to the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.  I welcome it.  A redress Scheme has been established, which will involve compensation and counselling for survivors and a national apology will be given. The Royal Commission also recommended the removal of secrecy of admissions of child sex abuse given during a religious confession.  The ACT and South Australian Governments have announced they will legislate to oblige this.  The churches should also cooperate without qualification. Continue reading

PETITION LAUNCHED – HELP SAVE WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE!

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today launched their petition to try and save Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare from closure. This week, people of the Illawarra learned that the Turnbull Government would be shutting the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare office. Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones wrote to Human Services Minister, Michael Keenan demanding he intervene and overturn the decision. Continue reading

BIRD AND JONES CALL ON LIBERAL MINISTER AND LOCAL LIBERAL SENATOR TO HELP OVERTURN WARRAWONG CENTRELINK CLOSURE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have written to Minister for Human Services, Hon Michael Keenan MP, urging him to overturn his Government’s decision to close the Department of Human Services office at Warrawong which provides Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to the local area. They have also called on locally-based, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, to join their fight to stop the closure. Continue reading