FIONA NASH IS CONTENT WITH REGIONAL MEDIOCRITY

Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones has slammed Senator Fiona Nash’s assertion that regional Australians don’t need access to the same internet speeds as our major cities.  Continue reading

NBN A NATIONAL TRAGEDY - OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TOLD

Responding to expert evidence describing the Government’s NBN as a ‘national tragedy”, Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, has called on Malcolm Turnbull to draw a line under the damage once and for all. Continue reading

DECENTRALISATION ALL HEADLINE NO SUBSTANCE

Labor’s Spokesperson for Rural and Regional Australia, Joel Fitzgibbon, and Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Services, Stephen Jones, have criticised Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash’s plan to push for decentralisation of Government departments without a firm commitment to publicly release a cost benefit analysis. Continue reading

LABOR CALLS ON TURNBULL TO STOP LOCAL TAFE CUTS

Australia’s TAFE, apprenticeship and skills sector is facing massive cuts under the Turnbull Government that will leave students in NSW more than $165 million worse off every year. Continue reading

GOVERNMENT CRIES CROCODILE TEARS OVER ITS OWN ABC CUTS

The Report on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Rural and Regional Advocacy) Bill 2015 released today shows members of the Turnbull Government are crying crocodile tears over the delivery of services to rural and regional Australia. Continue reading

LABOR CALLS FOR BOOST TO LOCAL ECONOMIES

Labor is today calling on the Turnbull Government to provide an economic boost to communities across Australia by bringing forward one quarter of Financial Assistance Grants funding for local councils. Continue reading

We’ve Waited Too Long for Broadband Performance Monitoring

Evidence given to the NBN Committee meeting on Thursday in Redcliffe, QLD by Dr Greg Leach, senior policy advisor for Agforce confirmed that uncertainty about NBN speeds were causing Agforce members to hold back from shifting to NBN services. This confirmed evidence given in the QLD Government submission. Continue reading

MINISTER FIFIELD DAWDLING ON REGIONAL MEDIA REFORM

It’s easy to see why regional media companies are so frustrated with the performance of Communications Minister Mitch Fifield. Continue reading

GOVERNMENT TURNS ON REGIONAL KIDS

The Turnbull Government has jeopardised children in regional Australia's access to early education, and rejected expert and long-standing advice to preserve a minimum of two days care for vulnerable Australian children.  Continue reading

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPLAINTS BODY URGENTLY NEEDS TEETH

Today’s hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has demonstrated that the Turnbull Government process for dealing with communications issues is simply not working.  Continue reading