Rural and Regional Australia

We've got to do something this year about growing inequality in this country. It's a problem. The Prime Minister is blind to it, but the rest of parliament should not be. If you live in rural or regional Australia, chances are you are doing it tough. If you're in the top 20 per cent of income earners, you probably live in the city. Continue reading

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

My boy Patty is a typical 10-year-old in most respects. He loves his mum and argues with his dad about the amount of time he spends playing computer games. He is desperately looking forward to the end of school in two weeks time. Of course I am proud of him. But on the morning of 15 November he gave me one more reason to be proud of him. After breakfast, he asked me, 'Can I call Raph?'  Continue reading

Local Jobs Matter

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Whitlam): A short time ago the member for Gilmore asked that I apologise for campaigning to save jobs in her electorate. I declined to do so. In fact, I invite her to join with me in defence of the 70 defence workers' jobs at the HMAS Albatross naval base in Nowra in her electorate.  Continue reading

Address to Fabians Political Donations Reform

**Check against delivery** Good evening. I think the institutions of our democracy are in need of an overhaul. This is not based on a dishonest proposition that once upon a time it was all good, but now things have gone bad. Continue reading

ADDRESS TO ACCANect 2017

SYDNEY - THURSDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 Continue reading

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