Asbestos Awareness Week - Speech to House of Representatives (13/02/2012)

I am pleased to follow the member for Gippsland and join the member for Page in speaking on this motion tonight noting Asbestos Awareness Week. I would also pay tribute to a couple of activists on this issue from my own electorate of Throsby in New South Wales, in particular our local branch member Jim David, who spoke very passionately on this matter at a branch meeting that I attended a few weeks ago and urged me to raise this matter in parliament. I do so willingly. Shirley Sheed, who is a local activist from Port Kembla and a very strong activist in the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia has been putting her time and energy behind this issue for many, many decades. Continue reading

I say to business tonight: the ball is in your court (07/02/2012)

As the House adjourns and the member for Goldstein retires to contemplate how he will fill the $70 billion black hole in the opposition's proposed budget, I would like to make a few observations about governing in the interests of working people and the concept of a social compact between employer and employee and between government and business. Continue reading

Australia remembers Avoca (26/11/2011)

The small Southern Highland's community of Avoca shouldered a heavy burden during the two world wars, writes Stephen Jones MP, Federal Member for Throsby. IT IS AN HONOUR to be with you here today – as your Federal Member of Parliament but also representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Warren Snowden MP at the launch of this important book, Echoes of War in Avoca. Continue reading

Coal seam gas concerns must be taken seriously (03/11/2011)

Community concerns at the rapid expansion of the coal seam gas industry cannot be ignored. This week the parliament is seized of a package of bills which gives us the opportunity to revisit the way we are managing our natural resource bounty. Continue reading

Important reforms to international education (03/11/2011)

The Federal Government is pressing ahead with important reforms to the international education sector, says Stephen Jones MP. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION is one of Australia's most important industries. It is our third-largest exporter earner, providing Australia with annual revenues of more than $16 billion. Continue reading

Sensible regulation for online games and mobile platform entertainment (02/11/2011)

The rapid growth of online gaming and mobile platforms requires sensible regulation from the Government, argues Stephen Jones MP. IN 1971 Messrs Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney launched the first commercial computer game onto the market, a game called Computer Space, shortly followed in 1972 by Pong on the Atari machine. They launched both a home and an arcade version of this game—a slot coin machine. They quickly became very, very popular and clones were thereafter introduced. Continue reading

Behind the Coalition mask on industrial relations (01/11/2011)

Stephen Jones argues that the Qantas lockout has provided a glimpse behind the Liberal Party mask on industrial relations - and the view ain't pretty. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS is on the public mind again. Continue reading

Another milestone on the path to health reform (01/11/2011)

Labor's landmark reforms to the Australian health system are beginning to take shape, says Stephen Jones MP. NEVER HAVE SO MANY ANGRY WORDS been said in support of a piece of legislation by those on the other side of the chamber. I am delighted to be speaking on this bill because it is a part of an important package of reforms that the Gillard Labor government has underway. Continue reading

Safer workplaces for more Australians (13/10/2011)

Prior to my election to this place I was a lawyer and a union official. As such, I had the responsibility of representing workers who were injured at work. I had the very grave duty of having to visit grieving families who were suffering after the death or terrible injury of a loved one. Continue reading

I am the great grandson of a boat person (23/09/2011)

I am the great grandson of a boat person and an illegal immigrant. He was a Swedish seaman who jumped ship in Albany in the 1890s to try his luck in the goldfields of Kalgoorlie. As matters happened he did not have much luck and he found his way east and worked on the wharves there for the remainder of his working life. Continue reading