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

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