NBN is an investment in Australia's digital future (14/09/2011)

I was a member of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, which conducted this inquiry, together with my colleague the member for Chifley, who is in the chamber today. Can I start by expressing my thanks to my fellow committee members; the chair, the member for Cunningham; and secretariat staff, who not only did an excellent job in arranging the inquiry hearings and extensive field work that we did, providing us with excellent briefing documents, but also assisted in the compilation of this fantastic report. I am sure that I would speak on behalf of every committee member, even those who submitted a dissenting report, in saying that the support provided by the secretariat was nothing short of first-class. Continue reading

ABC Helicopter Crash (25/08/2011)

Before entering parliament I had the great honour to be a union official, the National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union. One of the best groups of members I ever got to represent were the employees of the ABC. They were without doubt some of the most intelligent, committed and talented people I ever represented in my industrial capacity. Continue reading

Fighting for Trio Capital Victims (27/07/2011)

Just this morning, the member for Cunningham and I sat in a room with a number of victims of the collapse of Trio Capital and, not for the first time, I heard some of the stories of personal devastation that lie behind this shocking event. Typical of what has happened was the story of Barbara, who worked as a machinist in King Gee in Bellambi—a suburb in the electorate of Cunningham—all her life and has now all but lost her house as well as her superannuation savings. Continue reading

Time to turn the spotlight on Spotless (31/05/2011)

An adjournment speech in support of the Clean Start campaign by retail cleaners to win bettter wages and working conditions at Spotless. ADJOURNMENT - Clean Start Campaign Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (Mon 29 May, 21:44): A few months ago I met with union members from United Voice, including workers employed as cleaners in my electorate of Throsby. Continue reading

Carbon farming opportunities for the rural sector (26/05/2011)

A speech on the Government's Carbon Farming Initiative by Stephen Jones MP. Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011, Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011, Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011 - Second Reading. Continue reading

The workers who hold our community together (25/05/2011)

A statement to Federal Parliament from Stephen Jones MP, congratulating community sector workers on the ruling of Fair Work Australia on the Equal Pay Test case. Continue reading

Creating jobs is the cornerstone of this Labor budget (23/05/2011)

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (Mon 23 May 2011, 19:17): I am pleased to be speaking in this important debate on the appropriation bills. This has been a difficult budget to frame because it has had to be framed in the context of a patchwork economy, where we are dealing with inflationary pressures. In some regions and sectors where investment is booming, the labour market is tight, while in other areas and sectors—like the retail sector and regional Australia—people are feeling the pinch. They are indeed doing it tough. Continue reading

Labor put jobs first during the GFC (23/05/2011)

A recent speech from Stephen Jones MP defending Labor's management of the economy during the global financial crisis and highlighting the Coalition's big spending record while in Government. Continue reading

First Words (30/10/2010)

The full text of Stephen Jones' first speech to Parliament, Tuesday 19 October 2010. Full speech: To download a PDF of this speech, click here. Continue reading