COALITION BACKFLIPS ON RETIREMENT AGE

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally listened to what locals have been telling his party for years: Do not raise the pension age. Continue reading

COALITION ALL TALK AND NO WALK ON DECENTRALISATION

This week’s Cabinet reshuffle saw the Coalition name its first Decentralisation Minister.While the position is a new one, there is nothing new about the Morrison Government’s plans for decentralisation. Continue reading

MORRISON DROPS REGIONAL ROLES FROM HIS FIRST MINISTRY

In his first address after Friday's leadership ballot, Scott Morrison told Australians he was on their side, but it is now clear that he didn’t mean it. Continue reading

REGIONAL CUSTOMERS MUST NOT BE IGNORED BY NEW NBN CEO

Labor will be looking to NBNCo to address the backlog of issues in regional communications. Continue reading

CENTRELINK WAIT TIMES BLOW OUT AS LOCALS FEEL THE PINCH

Stephen Jones will take the stories of local residents to Federal Parliament today, highlighting the failures of the Government that have seen Centrelink wait times skyrocket. Continue reading

LABOR OPPOSES BILL TO CUT LOCAL SHIPPING JOBS AND WAGES

Stephen Jones has today called on the Federal Government to withdraw its plan to deregulate coastal shipping laws which could see the recently stricken Iron Chieftain replaced by a foreign flagged vessel and overseas crew. Continue reading

LABOR WILL GIVE MANUFACTURERS THE TOUGH ANTI-DUMPING PROTECTIONS THEY NEED

A Shorten Labor Government will protect Australian jobs by making it easier for local manufacturing firms to take effective action against the dumping of below cost foreign goods into Australia. Dumping is cheating and is a particular problem for Australia’s steel industry. The announcement by the United States of a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel from a number of other countries increases the threat of more steel being dumped in Australia, putting further pressure on an industry already feeling the impact of a glut of foreign steel production. Continue reading

COMMUNITY LEFT OUT IN THE COLD: LIBERALS CLOSE THE DOOR ON WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today slammed the Federal Liberal Government for refusing to listen to the local community in Warrawong, Port Kembla, Cringila, Lake Heights, Primbee, Kemblawarra and Berkeley who are angry at the Liberals decision to close the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare office – effective from Monday, 30 July 2018. Shortly after hearing news of the proposed closure back in June, local Members Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones met with Human Services Minister, Michael Keenan, to let him know that the community needs the service and urge him to reconsider this decision. Continue reading

STATEMENT ON NINE/FAIRFAX MERGER

Labor notes the announcement that Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment propose to merge their print, TV, radio and online businesses to create the largest single commercial media entity in Australia. According to reports, after nearly two centuries of writing the first draft of Australian history, the Fairfax name is about to disappear in one of the biggest media mergers in our history. Labor pays tribute to Fairfax and our thoughts are with the dedicated workers and their families facing change and uncertainty at this time. Continue reading

LABOR OUTLINES KEY PRIORITIES FOR REGIONAL MOBILES POLICY

Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, outlined Labor’s principles for expanding mobile coverage across regional Australia. A Shorten Labor Government would work to address the criticism of the Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) made by the Australia National Audit Office (ANAO),  Productivity Commission and Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) and work with experts, community and state and local governments to deliver better community outcomes. Continue reading