Australia remembers Avoca (26/11/2011)

The small Southern Highland's community of Avoca shouldered a heavy burden during the two world wars, writes Stephen Jones MP, Federal Member for Throsby. IT IS AN HONOUR to be with you here today – as your Federal Member of Parliament but also representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Warren Snowden MP at the launch of this important book, Echoes of War in Avoca. Continue reading

Coal seam gas concerns must be taken seriously (03/11/2011)

Community concerns at the rapid expansion of the coal seam gas industry cannot be ignored. This week the parliament is seized of a package of bills which gives us the opportunity to revisit the way we are managing our natural resource bounty. Continue reading

Important reforms to international education (03/11/2011)

The Federal Government is pressing ahead with important reforms to the international education sector, says Stephen Jones MP. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION is one of Australia's most important industries. It is our third-largest exporter earner, providing Australia with annual revenues of more than $16 billion. Continue reading

Sensible regulation for online games and mobile platform entertainment (02/11/2011)

The rapid growth of online gaming and mobile platforms requires sensible regulation from the Government, argues Stephen Jones MP. IN 1971 Messrs Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney launched the first commercial computer game onto the market, a game called Computer Space, shortly followed in 1972 by Pong on the Atari machine. They launched both a home and an arcade version of this game—a slot coin machine. They quickly became very, very popular and clones were thereafter introduced. Continue reading

Another milestone on the path to health reform (01/11/2011)

Labor's landmark reforms to the Australian health system are beginning to take shape, says Stephen Jones MP. NEVER HAVE SO MANY ANGRY WORDS been said in support of a piece of legislation by those on the other side of the chamber. I am delighted to be speaking on this bill because it is a part of an important package of reforms that the Gillard Labor government has underway. Continue reading