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

TWO YEARS LATER – GUNNS PLAINS STILL WAITING FOR MOBILE PHONE FIX

Two years after being promised a solution to mobile phone black spot issues in Gunns Plains, the local community is still waiting for the Liberals to deliver. Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, and Labor Candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, today met with Gunns Plains residents to discuss Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to deliver a promised mobile phone tower. Labor Candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay said: “Two years ago the Gunns Plains community was promised a mobile phone base station to give the community reliable mobile phone coverage. Continue reading

LABOR’S PLAN TO SCRAP UPFRONT FEES FOR 100,000 TAFE STUDENTS

Local Labor representatives, Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips, today backed in Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s Budget Reply announcement to scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs. Last night’s announcement adds to Labor’s strong suite of policies to invest in TAFE and apprenticeships and ensure Australians have the skills they need to succeed in our changing economy. Continue reading

BRUTAL BLOW FOR EVERYONE BUT BIG BUSINESS

The 2018 Federal Budget was yet another snooze fest for people in the Illawarra, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones said today. Like every other Federal Budget it has failed the fairness test, failed the Illawarra. The Liberal’s Budget delivered a whopping $80 billion tax handout for big business and the big banks but hit schools and hospitals with savage cuts. Continue reading

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO “NO CUTS TO THE ABC” MALCOLM?

This Budget lays bare the utter contempt the Liberals and Nationals have for the Australian people and the ABC services they trust and rely on. The Liberals promised there would be “no cuts to the ABC” on the eve of the 2013 election. Yet on top of $254 million in cuts they have imposed since 2014, this Budget contains a further $127 million in cuts. Continue reading

TIME FOR A FRESH APPROACH ON MOBILE BLACK SPOTS

The Turnbull Government must use this Tuesday’s budget to reform the Mobile Black Spots program. The $220 million program has been plagued by delays, political interference and dubious decision-making which has attracted fierce criticism from independent agencies. Continue reading

CRUNCH TIME FOR COALITION DECENTRALISATION AGENDA

It’s crunch time for the Turnbull Government’s decentralisation policy as it reaches the deadline set by its own Minister for Regional Development. Continue reading

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN THE ILLAWARRA ARE IN FOR A RUDE SHOCK COME JULY 2

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development, Amanda Rishworth has joined Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird to talk to families in the Illawarra about the changes to the child care system. There are 2984 families in the Illawarra who will be worse off from July 2 under the Turnbull Government’s unfair child care package. This shocking number will see 1 in 5 families across the Illawarra electorate out of pocket. Continue reading

TIME FOR TURNBULL TO BACK WARATAH WYNYARD WATERFRONT PROJECT

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Justine Keay called on the Turnbull Government to invest in North West Tasmanian regional infrastructure and back Waratah Wynyard Council’s waterfront masterplan. Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Stephen Jones, said the Government had delayed for far too long and it was time to get the project moving. Continue reading

REGIONAL WIRELESS BROADBAND CUSTOMERS STAND TO BE DISADVANTAGED UNDER SPECTRUM SALE

It’s time for the Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, to step up and support the interests of up to 200,000 regional Australians who stand to be disadvantaged by the planned 3.6GHz spectrum auction, including schools and business in Bowral and across the Southern Highlands. Continue reading