NBN COMPLAINTS TO OMBUDSMAN SOAR BY 204 PER CENT OVER 2017

It was not too long ago that the Turnbull Government declared 2017 would be the ‘year of the customer’. Unfortunately, figures released today by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) indicate it would be better described as the year of the customer complaint. Over the 2017 calendar year NBN complaints to the TIO surged by 204 per cent, despite the number of new NBN activations only increasing by 105 per cent over that same period. Continue reading

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA FORGOTTEN UNDER TURNBULL’S NBN

The Turnbull Government is failing regional Australia and its Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has proved incapable of securing better outcomes. The NBN marketing exercise known as ‘NBN Local’ has done little to support regional customers, many of whom face ongoing faults, failures and disruptions due to the decisions Turnbull made as Communications Minister.  Continue reading

ILLAWARRA PERFECT HOME FOR QANTAS PILOT ACADEMY

Federal Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones MP, said the Illawarra was the perfect home for Qantas’ Group Pilot Academy building on the success of the Illawarra Regional Airport in Albion Park. In February, Qantas announced it would establish a new regional group pilot academy capable of training up to 500 students a year and expected to be completed in 2019.  Mr Jones said he had written to Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, backing Shellharbour Council’s proposal to attract the project to the region. Continue reading

TURNBULL’S MISMANAGEMENT SEE TELSTRA STEP UP TO FIX MOBILE PHONE BLACK SPOT ISSUES IN NORTH WEST TASMANIA

Malcolm Turnbull’s mismanagement of the mobile phone black spot program has seen Telstra step up to fill the void and commence work to fix mobile phone black spot issues for residences and businesses at Sulphur Creek on the North West Coast of Tasmania. Visiting Sulphur Creek, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, criticised the delivery of the mobile phone black spots program. Continue reading

Queensland Left Behind Under Turnbull's NBN

While regional businesses and households are desperate for improved broadband services, Malcolm Turnbull has left regional Queenslanders with a growing digital divide. Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, met with Queensland’s Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, the Hon Mark Furner MP, to discuss the Turnbull Government’s failed NBN policies and its impact on rural and regional Queenslanders. Under Turnbull’s second-rate NBN, Queenslanders will be stranded with an inferior service as NBN figures reveal three out of every four copper-NBN users will not be able to reach the maximum advertised speed of 100Mbps. From the onset, the Liberal Nationals have put Queenslanders, particularly in regional and rural areas, at the bottom of the pile. And they are still in denial. Continue reading

TURNBULL CUTTING $620,000 FROM BOWRAL HOSPITAL

Surgeries will be delayed, nurse and doctor numbers will decline and emergency department wait times will increase in the Southern Highlands, with the Turnbull Government cutting $620,000 from Bowral Hospital from 2017-2020. Malcolm Turnbull is cutting $715 million out of Australia’s public hospitals between 2017- 2020, with the $620,000 cut from Bowral Hospital which is equivalent to 1500 outpatient appointments, 930 emergency department visits, 170 cataract extractions or 24 knee replacements. Continue reading

INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA SAYS MAKE WOLLONGONG A PRIORITY

Infrastructure Australia has, today, called for faster rail services from Wollongong to Sydney as part of its new Infrastructure Priority List. Labor MPs, Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird, said the report highlighted the critical need to improve rail services between Wollongong and Sydney.  The report listed line upgrades and cutting commuter travel time as a priority which would transform the Illawarra region; and support regional development and population pressures on Sydney. Continue reading

REGIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT GROWING IN LEICHHARDT

The Turnbull Government has failed to address regional unemployment across the electorate of Leichhardt with new job figures showing local unemployment had reached six per cent and youth unemployment growing to 14.5 per cent. Labor’s Stephen Jones and Elida Faith said the Government’s regional job cuts had contributed to growing unemployment in Cairns and undermined confidence after the LNP cut more than 800 public sector roles from across regional Australia, since 2014. Continue reading

TURNBULL CUTTING $11.5 MILLION FROM THE ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT

Surgeries will be delayed, nurse and doctor numbers will decline and emergency department wait times will increase in the Illawarra, with the Turnbull Government cutting $11.5 million from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District from 2017-2020. Malcolm Turnbull is cutting $715 million out of Australia’s public hospitals between 2017- 2020, with the $11.5 million cut from Cunningham, Whitlam and Gilmore equivalent to 17,267 emergency department visits, 32 nurses, 1,908 births or 442 knee replacements. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA NEEDS MORE THAN A PM WITH A HARDHAT AND A MICROPHONE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones were completely baffled by the Prime Minister’s third visit to the Illawarra since late last year with the Prime Minister, again, not making any sort of funding announcement for our region or addressing serious anti-dumping concerns. In yet another bizarrely managed press conference, the Prime Minister interviewed Bisalloy representatives himself with leading questions about the Liberal’s big business tax cut and essentially claiming credit for increases in production at Bisalloy Steel. Continue reading