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

Queensland Flood Emergency and Recovery (14/01/2011)

A message from the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, concerning the Queensland Flood Emergency and Recovery. --IT HAS BEEN brought to the attention of the Attorney-General’s Office that some Electorate Offices have received a hoax email, claiming the Commonwealth Government is only providing $1 million in assistance to help victims of the Queensland floods crisis. Continue reading

Climate challenge back on track after Cancun (20/12/2010)

Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, argues that international efforts to tackle climate change are back on track following the recent UN conference in Cancun, Mexico. -- THE 194 COUNTRIES represented at Cancun accept the science of climate change and the urgent need for action. The international struggle to deal with climate change is back on track. Continue reading