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

STATEMENT FROM ILLAWARRA LABOR MPS ON THE PASSING OF VICKY KING

Labor MPs Stephen Jones, Sharon Bird, Paul Scully, Anna Watson and Ryan Park are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of long-term Wollongong City Council Councillor Vicky King. Vicky was a hard-working and long-standing community member having served on Wollongong City Council since 1987. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA TRANSPORT PROJECTS STILL ON INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA 2020 PRIORITY LIST

The Infrastructure Australia Priority List for 2020 released today still includes the important infrastructure projects for the region including upgrading the Picton Road and rail freight access to Port Kembla, noting the rail project needs to get started within the next five years. This latest official advice from infrastructure experts coincides with the secret final business case for the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link, which was released in 2018 after a Freedom of Information request. Continue reading

MORRISON’S $3 BILLION URBAN CONGESTION RORT SEES THE ILLAWARRA MISS OUT AGAIN

Scott Morrison has been busted taking his rorts to the streets, with over 70 percent or $2.1 billion allocated from the Urban Congestion Fund going to Liberal Party seats and not a cent for the Illawarra.   The Urban Congestion Fund was established in the 2018 Budget, a year before the election. The Government did nothing for a year then topped up the Fund in the 2019 Budget. Continue reading