COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUND

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (16:40): This week the residents of the Central Coast learned of a scandal concerning Central Coast Group Training Ltd, which has received two grants of $2.7 million each for nearly identical purposes. The first grant was made in 2013 by Labor with good intention, but commitments given at that time were not fulfilled. What is hard to understand against this background is why a second grant of the same amount was made in 2015 for the same business by the coalition government. All up, this business has received $5.4 million for skill centres in Tuggerah and North Wyong. Continue reading

Telecommunications Crisis

From Redcliffe to Launceston, Mittagong to Newcastle and in my own electorate of Whitlam, businesses are pulling their hair out because of problems they are facing with the NBN. On Friday, 15 September, the member for Cunningham and I will be convening a crisis summit of businesses in the Illawarra and South Coast to deal with the real issues that the government is ignoring. Continue reading

Same-Sex Marriage Speech: 15 November 2010

Mr STEPHEN JONES-I rise to move the following amendment to Mr Bandt's motion on same-sex marriage: That all the words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "this House calls on all parliamentarians, consistent with their duties as representatives, to gauge their constituents' views on ways to achieve equal treatment for same sex couples including marriage". Continue reading

REGIONAL INVESTMENT CORPORATION BILL

I'm very pleased to be speaking on the Regional Investment Corporation Bill 2017 and speaking in favour of the member for Hunter's excellent amendment to it, which should be passed by all members of this House. It should enjoy their support. I'll be voting against this bill, and I will be voting against this bill for three reasons. The first is the irregular fashion in which it comes to the parliament, and I want to have a bit to say about that. Continue reading

SPEECH ON THE AUSTRALIAN IMMUNISATION REGISTER AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2017

I chose to speak on the Australian Immunisation Register and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 today because, like every member of this place, I receive regular representations from constituents who object to their children being immunised. I wanted to take the opportunity to make a very clear statement about my views and why I have some deep concerns about others who provide succour and comfort to those who would seek to peddle dangerous misinformation about the impact of our national vaccination program. Continue reading

CSL THEVENARD

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam) (11:18): Two days ago, the Prime Minister stood in front of an Australian flag and told Australians how strong he was. The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr S Georganas): I will remind the member for Whitlam that props are not allowed in the Federation Chamber. I ask that you put it away. Mr STEPHEN JONES: He didn't stand in front of this flag, and there's a good reason for it. Continue reading

TRIBUTE TO LES MURRAY

I want to add my voice to the great tributes that we have heard this morning and yesterday from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to this great Australian, to this icon of The World Game—the game we now know as 'football'—and to somebody who very proudly called his adopted town of Wollongong home for many, many years. Continue reading

ESTABLISHMENT OF A FEDERAL ANTICORRUPTION BODY

A few weeks ago, Australians turned on their televisions and, in horror, learnt of allegations of millions of dollars' worth of water that had been stolen out of the Murray-Darling Basin—millions of litres of water that Australian taxpayers have paid for. Continue reading

SPEECH ON THE SAME SEX MARRIAGE POSTAL VOTE

In a few weeks' time the pensioners in my electorate are going to get three envelopes. The first is going to be an envelope with a power bill in it. It's going to demonstrate that their power bill has gone up by about 20 per cent over the last 12 months—this from a government which promised to bring power prices down. In fact, wholesale prices have almost doubled on their watch. Continue reading

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1967 CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM

It's with great pleasure that I stand today to pay tribute to those who campaigned and advocated for the constitutional referendum in 1967, and to the team and the community who brought before the High Court, 25 years ago, the matter we now call Mabo. I start with a recollection from a few weeks ago, when I joined many of my parliamentary colleagues to visit the Captain Reg Saunders Gallery and Courtyard, part of the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra. Continue reading