PM GOES FOR PHOTO-OP NOT DELIVERY IN WOLLONGONG – AGAIN!

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today called on the government to make the Illawarra a priority for infrastructure funding in the Federal Budget on 6 October. The Prime Minister’s visit yesterday contained not one single direct announcement for funding for the Illawarra.  Nothing for desperately needed social housing, nothing for local transport infrastructure to connect our Port to south-western Sydney and nothing for our tourist industry as they struggle to recover from COVID-19. Continue reading

DEATH OF COLIN MARKHAM

Illawarra Labor Federal and State Members of Parliament have today joined the community in mourning the death of Labor Party stalwart, Colin Markham. Mr Markham passed away over the weekend surrounded by family. Colin served the people of the Illawarra with distinction. Continue reading

ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY TO BE DETERMINED BY BANK ACCOUNTS NOT MARKS

With the Government’s Job-Ready Graduate Package Scott Morrison and the Coalition Government have locked young Australians out of an education. Under these changes, on average, students will pay higher university fees, with the cost of some degrees such as humanities more than doubling. Continue reading

CONSTRUCTION OF MORE SOCIAL HOUSING

This week is Homeless Week in Australia. It is a reminder that there are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, and the economic crisis we are in could force many more into crisis accommodation, including right here in the Illawarra, and Southern Highlands. Continue reading

WE MUST HAVE A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ROBODEBT

Illawarra Labor Federal MPs backed Labor’s call for a Royal Commission into the Morrison Government’s illegal Robodebt scheme so a disaster like this never happens to the Australian people again. Millions of Australians were targeted for four long years by this Government, in a bid to artificially boost the budget bottom line with up to 740,000 unlawful debts. Continue reading

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEERS THIS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK

This week marks National Volunteer Week and 16 local community groups in Cunningham will receive $62,540 in funding to support local volunteers.  The Volunteer Grants program is a $9 million program to support local volunteers across Australia. Continue reading

SNAP BACK IS NOT A SOUND ECONOMIC PLAN

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today called on the Morrison Government to stop pretending the economy will just ‘snap back’ and start working on an economic plan that focuses on job creation and infrastructure investment. Continue reading

MINISTER MUST GET CENTRELINK WORKING FOR AUSTRALIA

It has never been more important for the social security safety net to be strong in this country. Labor has put pressure on the Liberal Government to provide better resourcing and staffing for Centrelink.  Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones campaigned strongly against the closure of the Warrawong Medicare Office in 2018/2019.  The Liberals have consistently ignored Labor’s calls to stop cutting staff and resources. Continue reading

SMALL BUSINESSES AND SOLE TRADERS SERIOUSLY CONCERNED THAT STIMULUS PACKAGE FALLS SHORT

Many small businesses and sole traders have raised concerns with local Labor MPs that they are not receiving any or sufficient government support, yet are already being seriously impacted by COVID 19. The Labor MPs also took the opportunity to remind the community to share their spend and think of small businesses when they are looking to shop and spend. Continue reading

RATE CUT WELCOME BUT NOT ENOUGH FOR THE ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST

The Reserve Bank’s decision to slash the cash rate to the new low of 0.5 per cent is welcome but won’t be enough to help the Illawarra and South Coast through the looming economic crisis. We are calling on all banks, including our Illawarra based Banks to pass on the cut in full so that local households have more money in their pockets to spend in the local community. After four interest rate cuts in 10 months, it is clear that the Reserve Bank cannot do this alone. It is time for the Government to Act to support local households and businesses. Continue reading