Carbon farming opportunities for the rural sector (26/05/2011)

A speech on the Government's Carbon Farming Initiative by Stephen Jones MP. Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011, Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011, Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011 - Second Reading. Continue reading

The workers who hold our community together (25/05/2011)

A statement to Federal Parliament from Stephen Jones MP, congratulating community sector workers on the ruling of Fair Work Australia on the Equal Pay Test case. Continue reading

Creating jobs is the cornerstone of this Labor budget (23/05/2011)

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (Mon 23 May 2011, 19:17): I am pleased to be speaking in this important debate on the appropriation bills. This has been a difficult budget to frame because it has had to be framed in the context of a patchwork economy, where we are dealing with inflationary pressures. In some regions and sectors where investment is booming, the labour market is tight, while in other areas and sectors—like the retail sector and regional Australia—people are feeling the pinch. They are indeed doing it tough. Continue reading

Labor put jobs first during the GFC (23/05/2011)

A recent speech from Stephen Jones MP defending Labor's management of the economy during the global financial crisis and highlighting the Coalition's big spending record while in Government. Continue reading

Positive plan for teenage parents

There can be no doubt that becoming a parent for the first time changes your life forever, delivering huge responsibilities and incredible rewards. But it can be very tough, especially the first time. It’s particularly tough if your first child is born while you’re still in high school. Continue reading