COALITION EMBARRASSED INTO ACTION ON MOBILE BLACK SPOTS

After resisting Labor’s calls for further funding to fix mobile black spots, yesterday’s backtrack and admission by the Minister for Regional Communications that more needs to be done is long overdue. Just last month, Minister McKenzie claimed she needed to wait for the Regional Telecommunications Review Report later this year to report before knowing what to invest in. Continue reading

LABOR REJECTS NBNCO’S SWIPE AT ONLINE GAMERS

The NBNCo CEO’s singling out of online gamers as the predominant cause of congestion on the fixed-wireless network is both misguided and disappointing. It beggars belief that Australians are being categorised and criticised for using the internet. Continue reading

FARMERS BLAST NBN SATELLITE SERVICE

NSW Farmers have blasted the Turnbull Government’s NBN satellite service telling Parliament’s Joint NBN Oversight Committee the service was failing to live up to expectations. Farmers said rural and regional Australia was paying more for less under Turnbull’s satellite NBN. Farmers consistently rate telecommunications as the “number one concern for farm-based businesses” but with higher costs, slower speeds and a less reliable service believed satellite NBN was not delivering for them.  While city based users are using their NBN for Netflix, the case in rural and regional Australia was very different. Continue reading

JOYCE SHOULD OWN GOVERNMENT’S “BS” DECENTRALISATION POLICY

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has delivered a damning critique on his own decentralisation policy. The decentralisation talk by the National Party has been bigger than their hats but delivery has been minuscule. Continue reading

NBN MUST EXPLAIN FIXED WIRELESS BACKFLIP

Labor is calling on NBN Co to explain their fixed wireless backflip after lauding the policy and its benefits for outer-metropolitan, regional and rural Australians. At Senate Estimates last night, NBN Chief Executive Officer, Bill Morrow, revealed NBN had “killed off” plans to offer 100Mbps on the fixed wireless network. Continue reading

LITTLEPROUD CANNOT BLAME MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS FOR GOVERNMENT’S OWN FAILURES

Mobile Network Operators have called into question comments made by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, after the Minister laid the blame squarely with industry for the Government’s lack of new funding for mobile black spots in the Federal Budget. The Minister said that “CEOs admitted to me that they don’t see any viability in them going into another round… they don’t want to come and put their money on the table.” Continue reading

COALITION’S DECENTRALISATION POLICY A COMPLETE FIZZER

The Turnbull Government’s decentralisation policy has been exposed as a complete farce in Senate Estimates, this week. When asked to itemise the locations that would benefit from the Government’s Budget decentralisation announcements, it was revealed that over 80 per cent of jobs will move from one capital city to another. Continue reading

TWO YEARS LATER – GUNNS PLAINS STILL WAITING FOR MOBILE PHONE FIX

Two years after being promised a solution to mobile phone black spot issues in Gunns Plains, the local community is still waiting for the Liberals to deliver. Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, and Labor Candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, today met with Gunns Plains residents to discuss Malcolm Turnbull’s failure to deliver a promised mobile phone tower. Labor Candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay said: “Two years ago the Gunns Plains community was promised a mobile phone base station to give the community reliable mobile phone coverage. Continue reading

LABOR’S PLAN TO SCRAP UPFRONT FEES FOR 100,000 TAFE STUDENTS

Local Labor representatives, Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips, today backed in Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s Budget Reply announcement to scrap upfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs. Last night’s announcement adds to Labor’s strong suite of policies to invest in TAFE and apprenticeships and ensure Australians have the skills they need to succeed in our changing economy. Continue reading

BRUTAL BLOW FOR EVERYONE BUT BIG BUSINESS

The 2018 Federal Budget was yet another snooze fest for people in the Illawarra, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones said today. Like every other Federal Budget it has failed the fairness test, failed the Illawarra. The Liberal’s Budget delivered a whopping $80 billion tax handout for big business and the big banks but hit schools and hospitals with savage cuts. Continue reading