REGIONAL AUSTRALIANS URGED TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON NBN

Labor is calling on regional Australians to have their say on the NBN rollout as part of Parliament’s new NBN inquiry. Parliament’s NBN Oversight Committee is holding an inquiry into the rollout of the NBN across rural and regional Australia and is accepting submissions from residents, business and consumer advocacy groups. With only a week to go before submissions close, Regional Australians should take the opportunity to raise their concerns in a short submission to the Committee. Continue reading

MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE NBN SERVICES FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIANS

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has revealed the true nature of disruptions to residents and business on the NBN. The ACMA has found one in three households have been left without a phone or internet service when connecting to the NBN with “technical issues” given as the reason for a majority of disruptions.  In fact, more than 10 per cent of households were still without phone or internet after a month. Continue reading

MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FIX LOCAL NBN ISSUES

Labor is calling for more to be done to improve NBN customer experience for residents and businesses across Ipswich and the Somerset region. Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones MP, said the Turnbull Government needed to step in and improve Australia’s telecommunications consumer framework and put an end to continued delays, disruptions, and the NBN ping-pong. Continue reading

TURNBULL TURNS HIS BACK ON ILLAWARRA TRAIN SERVICES

Labor’s Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips said Malcolm Turnbull had turned his back on better rail services on the South Coast Line. Commuters in Wollongong and the Shoalhaven will again miss out under Turnbull and the Liberals after it was revealed the Government had failed to deliver any funded projects for the region under the Faster Rail Prospectus. Continue reading

TURNBULL A WORKING CLASS FRAUD

Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips were today stunned to hear Malcolm Turnbull boasting about ‘relentlessly standing up for Australian jobs’ during his media appearances this morning. Malcolm Turnbull today visited the Illawarra and simply confirmed last week’s news that Australia will be exempt from the Trump tariffs.  Continue reading

REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER MIA FROM SPECTRUM AUCTION DEBATE

It’s time for the Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, to step up in the interests of up to 200,000 regional Australians who stand to be disadvantaged by the planned 3.6GHz spectrum auction. The Minister for Communications, Senator Fifield, has given the go-ahead to the spectrum auction as proposed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) but regional-based Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) continue to be locked out of discussions with the Government. Continue reading

LABOR LEADS ON STEEL

Labor’s Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today welcomed Bill Shorten’s announcement that Labor will toughen anti-dumping protections to protect our steel industry, manufacturing jobs and agricultural jobs. Labor’s announcement contains three key elements: Labor will triple penalties for circumventing trade remedies; Labor will better resource  the Anti-Dumping Commission; Labor will create a one-stop shop under a tougher regime to safeguard our steel, manufacturing and agricultural jobs now and into the future. Continue reading

STATEMENT ON IMPACT OF US STEEL TARIFFS

Labor’s Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today called on Malcolm Turnbull to redouble efforts to stop Donald Trump’s plan for US tariffs on Australian steel. It’s time Turnbull picked up the phone and spoke to the President of the United States directly to protect Australian companies, particularly BlueScope. Continue reading

COST OF LIVING PRESSURES IMPACTING ILLAWARRA RESIDENTS

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Finance, Jim Chalmers MP, is in Wollongong today and will hold a roundtable with local community sector organisations to discuss the impact of rising cost of living pressures. Cost of living is growing across the Illawarra with increases to housing costs, electricity price rises and the Turnbull Government’s cuts to family and household benefits. Continue reading

REGIONAL GROWTH FUND WELCOMED BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

Labor welcomes the Turnbull Government’s announcement that the Regional Growth Fund is open for applications. This decision is long overdue after taking more than 280 days to finalise guidelines for the program. For too long, the Government has sat idle on the sideline distracted by its internal chaos and division. Any investment in regional development is welcomed but there’s still a big gap between what the Liberal Nationals’ promise and what they deliver. Continue reading