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

LABOR WILL ESTABLISH NBN SERVICE GUARANTEE

Labor will deliver a better deal for NBN consumers in Rockhampton with a plan to establish an NBN Service Guarantee that will set regulated timeframes and wholesale service standards for: Fault rectification Installations Missed appointments Labor’s Candidate for Capricornia, Russell Robertson, said problems with the NBN rollout were costing local businesses thousands of dollars. Continue reading

LABOR SLAMS CENTRELINK STAFFING CRISIS IN LISMORE

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Stephen Jones MP today joined with Labor Candidate for Page Patrick Deegan in Lismore to condemn the Centrelink staffing crisis. Shadow Minister for Regional Services Stephen Jones said: “Figures show that Centrelink average call wait times for older Australians have blown out to 23 minutes and processing times for the age pension have increased to 49 days. Yet at the same time, Page MP Kevin Hogan is sitting by while more jobs are being cut from Centrelink offices like this one in Lismore. This is a disgrace.” Continue reading

SUDMALIS MUST COMMIT TO NO JOB CUTS AT BATEMANS BAY CENTRELINK

Labor is calling on Ann Sudmalis to protect over 150 public sector jobs at Batemans Bay’s Centrelink after it was revealed the Turnbull Government would axe 1,280 staff from across the Department. In the 2018 Budget, the Government revealed it would cut $300 million and 1,280 staff from Centrelink putting thousands of regional jobs at risk. Continue reading

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO STOP DRAGGING ITS FEET

After two years of dragging their feet on fixing the holes in consumer protection, the Turnbull Government has, today, released its Consumer Safeguards Review. It shows the Government has the wrong priorities and continues to play catch-up. Continue reading

LABOR WILL ESTABLISH NBN SERVICE GUARANTEE IN MCEWEN

Labor will deliver a better deal for NBN consumers in McEwen with a plan to establish an NBN Service Guarantee that will set regulated timeframes and wholesale service standards for: ·  Fault rectification·  Installations·  Missed appointments  Visiting a local small business, Goonawarra Medical Centre in Sunbury, Federal Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell MP, said problems with the NBN rollout were costing local businesses thousands of dollars. Continue reading

LABOR WILL ESTABLISH NBN SERVICE GUARANTEE FOR BRADDON

Labor will deliver a better deal for NBN consumers in Braddon with a plan to establish an NBN Service Guarantee that will set regulated timeframes and wholesale service standards for: ·  Fault rectification·  Installations·  Missed appointments Continue reading

LABOR TO ESTABLISH NBN SERVICE GUARANTEE

Labor will deliver a better experience for NBN consumers with a plan to establish an NBN Service Guarantee that will set regulated timeframes and wholesale service standards for: Continue reading

PETITION LAUNCHED – HELP SAVE WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE!

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today launched their petition to try and save Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare from closure. This week, people of the Illawarra learned that the Turnbull Government would be shutting the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare office. Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones wrote to Human Services Minister, Michael Keenan demanding he intervene and overturn the decision. Continue reading

BIRD AND JONES CALL ON LIBERAL MINISTER AND LOCAL LIBERAL SENATOR TO HELP OVERTURN WARRAWONG CENTRELINK CLOSURE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have written to Minister for Human Services, Hon Michael Keenan MP, urging him to overturn his Government’s decision to close the Department of Human Services office at Warrawong which provides Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to the local area. They have also called on locally-based, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, to join their fight to stop the closure. Continue reading