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

NO CONSULTATION - NO NOTICE - NO WARRAWONG CENTRELINK

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have slammed the Government’s decision to close the Centrelink and Medicare Offices at Warrawong. The decision to close the office has been made without consultation with the local community and is a slap in the face to local residents who campaigned for years to get a Medicare office located in the area. Residents from Berkeley, Lake Heights and Warrawong will be incensed to learn that they will now be told to travel to Wollongong or Shellharbour to access a Centrelink office. The areas are poorly served by public transport and have high need communities. Continue reading

COALITION EMBARRASSED INTO ACTION ON MOBILE BLACK SPOTS

After resisting Labor’s calls for further funding to fix mobile black spots, yesterday’s backtrack and admission by the Minister for Regional Communications that more needs to be done is long overdue. Just last month, Minister McKenzie claimed she needed to wait for the Regional Telecommunications Review Report later this year to report before knowing what to invest in. Continue reading

LABOR REJECTS NBNCO’S SWIPE AT ONLINE GAMERS

The NBNCo CEO’s singling out of online gamers as the predominant cause of congestion on the fixed-wireless network is both misguided and disappointing. It beggars belief that Australians are being categorised and criticised for using the internet. Continue reading

FARMERS BLAST NBN SATELLITE SERVICE

NSW Farmers have blasted the Turnbull Government’s NBN satellite service telling Parliament’s Joint NBN Oversight Committee the service was failing to live up to expectations. Farmers said rural and regional Australia was paying more for less under Turnbull’s satellite NBN. Farmers consistently rate telecommunications as the “number one concern for farm-based businesses” but with higher costs, slower speeds and a less reliable service believed satellite NBN was not delivering for them.  While city based users are using their NBN for Netflix, the case in rural and regional Australia was very different. Continue reading

JOYCE SHOULD OWN GOVERNMENT’S “BS” DECENTRALISATION POLICY

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has delivered a damning critique on his own decentralisation policy. The decentralisation talk by the National Party has been bigger than their hats but delivery has been minuscule. Continue reading

NBN MUST EXPLAIN FIXED WIRELESS BACKFLIP

Labor is calling on NBN Co to explain their fixed wireless backflip after lauding the policy and its benefits for outer-metropolitan, regional and rural Australians. At Senate Estimates last night, NBN Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow, revealed NBN had “killed off” plans to offer 100Mbps on the fixed wireless network. Continue reading

LITTLEPROUD CANNOT BLAME MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS FOR GOVERNMENT’S OWN FAILURES

Mobile Network Operators have called into question comments made by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, after the Minister laid the blame squarely with industry for the Government’s lack of new funding for mobile black spots in the Federal Budget. The Minister said that “CEOs admitted to me that they don’t see any viability in them going into another round… they don’t want to come and put their money on the table.” Continue reading

COALITION’S DECENTRALISATION POLICY A COMPLETE FIZZER

The Turnbull Government’s decentralisation policy has been exposed as a complete farce in Senate Estimates, this week. When asked to itemise the locations that would benefit from the Government’s Budget decentralisation announcements, it was revealed that over 80 per cent of jobs will move from one capital city to another. Continue reading