TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILING UP TO 200,000 REGIONAL BROADBAND CONSUMERS

Up to 200,000 regional Australians are at risk of being stranded with inferior broadband services unless the Turnbull Government steps in to provide certainty and assurance to Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs). These are non-NBN wireless broadband providers who are currently transmitting in the 3.6 Ghz spectrum that has been earmarked for auction for 5G mobile services. Continue reading

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR PORT KEMBLA COAL TERMINAL WORKERS

Sorry we can’t be with you today but Parliament is sitting. You have our unwavering support in your fight to stop Port Kembla Coal Terminal terminating your enterprise agreement. Terminating your agreement means slashing your pay and conditions. It is not on. Continue reading

MCCORMACK’S TOUGHEST JOB IS DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM HIS VOTING RECORD

New Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack MP’s toughest job will be distancing himself from his poor voting record on regional issues. The new Nationals Leader says he will “fight” for regional Australia and “never be silent.” Well he needs to explain why he voted to cut penalty rates costing low paid workers $77 a week in regional Australia.   Continue reading

ILLAWARRA & SOUTH COAST RESIDENTS PAYING MORE FOR HEALTH UNDER TURNBULL

New data has revealed the cost of seeing a GP and specialist has skyrocketed under the Liberals. Residents across the Illawarra and South Coast are paying more to see their GP and specialists with out of pocket expenses growing. In Cunningham, the average out of pocket expense has reached $30.68 to see a GP and $78.67 to see a specialist; while costs in Whitlam have risen to $31.93 to see a GP and $78.73 to see a specialist. In Gilmore, out of pocket expenses to see a GP and specialist have risen to $30.07 and $73.65, respectively. Continue reading

COALITION JOB CUTS UNDERMINING REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENTS

The Turnbull-Joyce Government’s regional development agenda is a hollow promise so long as they continue to cut regional public sector jobs. Labor welcomes the long-overdue investment made under the Far North Regional Jobs and Investment Package but says the benefits continue to be undermined by Turnbull’s regional job cuts. Continue reading

MINISTER FAILED TO DELIVER REGIONAL PLAN FOR GILMORE

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips have welcomed the long-overdue South Coast Regional Jobs and Investment Package but said it was a missed opportunity for the Minister for Regional Development, John McVeigh, to outline the Government’s plan for the Regional Growth Fund and Regional City Deals. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA ENERGY ROUNDTABLE

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler MP, is in Wollongong today and holding an Energy Roundtable with local industry and business stakeholders. Continue reading

COALITION FAILING ON REGIONAL CITIES AGENDA

The Turnbull-Joyce Government is too preoccupied with its own internal disputes to deliver on its promises for regional Australia. Continue reading

MINISTER ADMITS CUPBOARD BARE ON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Minister for Regional Development, John McVeigh, has admitted that after nine months of dithering and delay, the Coalition is no closer to releasing guidelines for the $272 million Regional Growth Fund. They have had three Ministers for Regional Development but no funded projects. With over $500 million of government-funded regional projects delayed, the Coalition is more preoccupied with their internal divisions than regional communities. Continue reading

JOYCE’S MIND NOT ON HIS DAY JOB - IT’S TIME FOR TURNBULL TO END THIS SAGA

Over $500 million in government funded regional projects are on hold because the National Party is distracted with its internal turmoil. This is not about the Deputy Prime Minister’s private life. It’s about the delivery of critical projects in regional communities. It’s time the Prime Minister step in to end the farce. Continue reading