Armistice Centenary Grants Program

The Whitlam electorate has $50,000 available to fund projects that commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice through the  Armistice Centenary Grants Program.  Grants valued between $3,000 and $50,000 will be available to eligible local community organisations, schools and councils to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice.   Continue reading


Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and the National Party talk a big talk on regional Australia but are slow to deliver. In Question Time today, Mr Joyce boasted about the Government’s record on regional Australia but their divided and dysfunctional Government has still not allocated a dollar from its Regional Growth Fund. Seven months after announcing the Regional Growth Fund, the Government has failed to release guidelines for the program. Continue reading

DOORSTOP: Citizenship, same-sex marriage debate

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP CANBERRA WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER OCTOBER 2017 SUBJECTS: Citizenship, same-sex marriage debate STEPHEN JONES, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Good morning. Well a few weeks ago, Labor agreed with the Government on a process of show and tell. Overnight, we have seen that only Labor has done the show and tell. Continue reading

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

My boy Patty is a typical 10-year-old in most respects. He loves his mum and argues with his dad about the amount of time he spends playing computer games. He is desperately looking forward to the end of school in two weeks time. Of course I am proud of him. But on the morning of 15 November he gave me one more reason to be proud of him. After breakfast, he asked me, 'Can I call Raph?'  Continue reading


Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today welcomed the release of the Senate Economics References Committee’s final report into the future of Australia’s steel industry. During the inquiry, the Committee visited Wollongong and heard evidence from BlueScope Australia and New Zealand, Bisalloy Steel Group Limited, the Australian Workers’ Union, the South Coast Labour Council, the University of Wollongong, Wollongong City Council and The Illawarra Business Chamber.  The Committee also conducted a site visit at BlueScope Steel at Port Kembla.  Continue reading