NASH RESPONSE TO REGIONA RORTS A COMPLETE SMOKESCREEN

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Stephen Jones MP, today labelled Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash’s response to new analysis of the Community Development Grants rort as a smokescreen and a complete diversion. Continue reading

NATIONAL PARTY CAUGHT OUT IN DECENTRALISATION HYPOCRISY

In a huge act of hypocrisy the National Party - who have been banging the decentralisation drum all over the country for the last 6 months - have been caught out holding their own National Conference in Canberra this weekend. Continue reading

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA STRANDED ON A SECOND-RATE COPPER NBN

It has been confirmed that there is no plan to upgrade the copper “Fibre to the Node” NBN, leaving Regional Australia stuck on this increasingly outmoded technology for the foreseeable future. Answers to a question I asked of the Department of Communications in Sydney hearings of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network say: “as nbn has previously outlined, there is no current plan to upgrade specific sections of the network” Continue reading

NATIONAL PARTY SLUSH FUND EXPOSED IN NSW

The Minister for Regional Development, Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash has failed to explain the unfairness in funding allocation from the $1 billion National Party slush fund known as the “Community Development Grants Program”. Today in Senate Question Time, the Minster could not explain why electorates on the NSW Central Coast were showered with $12 million in grants but nothing for Labor electorates of Shortland or Newcastle and just $160,000 for the electorate of Hunter.  She described her ministerial decisions for this program as “balanced, well thought out and measured”. Continue reading

CITIZENSHIP EXCUSES RUN OUT FOR SENATOR NASH - IT'S TIME TO GO MINISTER

The excuses offered by Senator Nash to ignore growing concerns about her Ministerial position are looking more flimsy by the day. Today in Question Time, Senator Nash refused to provide any details of the advice she is relying on hold on to her Ministerial position. Continue reading

MALCOLM TUNRBULL'S FRAUDBAND LEAVES NEWCASTLE COUNCIL TO GO IT ALONE

Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, has today congratulated Newcastle City Council for its strong efforts and dedication to create a digitally connected city. However, it shouldn’t be left up to Newcastle City Council to bring in super-fast broadband. Continue reading

GOVERNMENT'S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY ON NBN EXPOSED

The government is refusing to release the data detailing faults, complaints and repairs on the National Broadband Network.  The government receives a monthly report from NBN Co on the status of the roll out, including the level of consumer dissatisfaction. Appearing before the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, representatives of the Department of the Communications declined to release the latest report, claiming it has 'Commercial-in-Confidence' status. When Labor committee members challenged this and requested Minister Fifield authorise the release of the report today, committee chair and Liberal MP, Sussan Ley, ruled the release of the data could wait until the committee's final report. “This is outrageous,” said Stephen Jones, the Shadow Minister for Regional Communications. “This is the oversight committee for the NBN, yet we were unable to even request the Minister release the monthly report. What is the government hiding?”   Continue reading

INCREASE IN DATA CAP FOR SKYMUSTER CUSTOMERS

Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP today welcomed the announcement by NBN of the data increase for NBN Sky Muster customers.  Until now NBN Sky Muster customers have been paying the same price for a fraction of the service they receive.  Increasing the data cap is a welcome improvement but it doesn't address many of the other issues plaguing Sky Muster and the total lack of transparency by NBN.     Continue reading

REGIONAL CUSTOMERS PAYING EXTORTIONATE PRICES FOR NBN UPGRADES

Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Services Stephen Jones says consumers in regional communities are being forced to pay extortionate prices for upgrades to NBN services. Continue reading

WE CAN’T GIVE UP ON FUNDING BOOST FOR GILMORE

The axing of the motorsports complex at Yerriyong is an incredibly disappointing result for the region, but not an unexpected result.  Continue reading