LIBERALS FAILURE TO KEEP COMMUTERS IN CONTACT

Sharon Bird, Ryan Park and Paul Scully called on the State and Federal Liberals to stop talking about themselves and start working productively together to fix the mobile phone reception problems on the South Coast Line. A mobile basestation in Coalcliff that was approved for funding under Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme in June 2015. We understand that the proposed basestation has not been built due to indecision or refusal from NSW State Rail. Continue reading

LABOR WILL EXTEND PRESCHOOL ACCESS TO 3 YEAR OLDS

A Shorten Labor Government will introduce a new two year National Preschool and Kindy Program, guaranteeing around 700,000 Australian children a year will be able to access subsidised preschool. This is the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia. Continue reading

NSW GOVERNMENT HAS QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ON MALDON-DOMBARTON

The decision of the NSW Government to put the Maldon Dombarton Rail on the back burner raises big questions about $25 million that the Federal Labor Government gave to the NSW Government to accelerate the project. Transport for NSW’s Freights and Ports Plan 2018-2023  outlines key infrastructure projects for the next five years – but shows the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton line is more than a decade away. Continue reading

MORE MUST BE DONE TO SUPPORT AN AGEING POPULATION

There is a crisis in the Aged Care system and the Government has been in denial over it. The quality of care and services for older Australians is Labor’s primary concern. We hope that a Royal Commission into aged care in Australia charts a path for better services and the restoration of funding cut from the sector. There is a shortage of residential care places and a shortage of home care packages for people who are still living at home. Continue reading

$43,808 IN ARMISTICE CENTENARY GRANTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Sharon Bird today announced the successful applicants for funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program (ACGP). The ACGP is a one-off electorate-based grants program with funding for each electorate to support community projects commemorating the end of the First World War. Continue reading

CENTRELINK JOB CUTS HIT REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Regional Australia looks set to bear a heavy price in the latest Centrelink job cuts.30 jobs are to be targeted for cuts from the Illawarra at this stage, as the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s continues to drive jobs out of Centrelink. Continue reading

COALITION BACKFLIPS ON RETIREMENT AGE

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has finally listened to what locals have been telling his party for years: Do not raise the pension age. For five budgets he has supported increasing the pension age to 70. Scott Morrison was Treasurer for more than 1,000 days – and every day he wanted to increase the pension age to 70. Continue reading

LABOR MPS PROUD OF ILLAWARRA DIVERSITY

Illawarra Labor MPs are united in our condemnation of the speech made in the Australian Senate by Queensland Senator Fraser Anning. The Illawarra region is a leading example of people from all corners of the globe who have come together to live in a united, vibrant and welcoming community. Continue reading

EARLY LEARNING MATTERS

Sharon Bird today visited the Smith Street Children’s Centre as part of Early Learning Matters week, which runs from 5-12 August. This week is a great opportunity for highlighting the importance and benefits of early education for children. Early Learning Matters Week highlights the important care and learning opportunities which our early educators provide, and why it is so important that all children access early education. Continue reading