The Jones Report - 12 April 2019

After a record breaking spendathon – where a struggling Government spent over $1 million a day of your money in an attempt to sell its lacklustre performance, the Prime Minister has finally asked the Governor General to hold an election.

Australians have been waiting for the opportunity to cast a verdict on the Abbott – Turnbull – Morrison affair since the Liberals axed Malcolm Turnbull last year.

Why did he hold off for the extra week – many of us were confused, but the answer became clear – they had a few more mates to appoint to a few more boards before they left the keys on the desk and walked out the door.

A stack of former politicians and staffers have been appointed to plum positions on Government boards, courts and tribunals.

The Prime Minister has failed to unify his party or make a mark on the Government he leads. Its time for a change – on May 18 you get to decide.

If you are not on the electoral roll you have until next Thursday 18 April to fix that. You can do it online by following this link

A few key dates to keep in mind ahead of the election.

 

Labor has been working on the polices and is ready to go.

Our plan for a Fairer Australia will focus on better healthcare, education, meaningful action on climate change and a plan to close down tax loopholes so we have the money to provide the services Australians deserve.

It was heartening to catch up with so many of our tireless volunteers in Moss Vale and Dapto this week, they are such a massive part of the Labor movement.

(Thanks to the CWA in Moss Vale for letting me use their hall, even if your choice of wall decoration makes my Republic part of speeches slightly awkward!!)


It was great to have Shadow Minister for Defence Richard Marles in the region earlier in the week.

The defence industry is a big part of the economy of the Illawarra and south coast, so it was great to join him at a roundtable with stakeholders to outline Labor's plan for the role the defence industry can play in regional economic development.

ABC Illawarra has been telling local stories for 60 years. It was a pleasure to join the presenters and journos to celebrate 60 years of public broadcasting into the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast today.

Locally, the ABC supports the delivery of local and regional news, information gathering and emergency broadcasting.

It was great to catch up with all of the staff that produce fantastic local radio, as well as the ABC's acting managing director David Anderson at the Wollongong studios.


Netball is the Illawarra’s most popular women’s sport with over 3000 members of the IDNA.

The home of netball in the Illawarra needs significant upgrades to enable this key sport to continue to grow and to potentially host state and higher level competitions.

Hundreds have already signed our petition to show their support for upgrading local facilities - Click here to add your name