NEW ROUND OF MOBILE BLACK SPOT PROGRAM JUST RECYCLED MONEY

The Government has announced a new round of funding for the Mobile Black Spot Program. Although it is not new money – just recycled money unspent in the previous round – it is an opportunity to fix the massive distortion in the allocation of grants in rounds 1-3 of the program. Continue reading

LABOR WELCOMES NBNCO BACKDOWN ON WHOLESALE SERVICE LEVELS

Labor welcomes the announcement that the ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from NBN Co to improve wholesale service levels. Continue reading

CENTRELINK JOB CUTS HIT REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Regional Australia looks set to bear a heavy price in the latest Centrelink job cuts. Continue reading

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