FEDERAL AND STATE LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS MUST STOP DESTROYING OUR GREAT TAFE SYSTEM

Federal and State Liberal Governments must stop destroying our great TAFE system Sharon Bird today met with representatives of the NSW TAFE Teachers’ Association and the Community and Public Sector Union (NSW)  to hear updated information on the local effects of the cuts to TAFE funding by Liberal Governments, most recently the exposure of State Government funding cuts. Continue reading

LABOR WILL GIVE MANUFACTURERS THE TOUGH ANTI-DUMPING PROTECTIONS THEY NEED

A Shorten Labor Government will protect Australian jobs by making it easier for local manufacturing firms to take effective action against the dumping of below cost foreign goods into Australia. Dumping is cheating and is a particular problem for Australia’s steel industry. Continue reading

COMMUNITY LEFT OUT IN THE COLD: LIBERALS CLOSE THE DOOR ON WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today slammed the Federal Liberal Government for refusing to listen to the local community in Warrawong, Port Kembla, Cringila, Lake Heights, Primbee, Kemblawarra and Berkeley who are angry at the Liberals decision to close the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare office – effective from Monday, 30 July 2018.     Continue reading

THOUSANDS OF KIDS SHOULD NOT MISS OUT ON UNI BECAUSE OF TURNBULL’S CUTS

Sharon Bird today hosted a visit by Terri Butler, Labor’s Shadow Minister for, to talk to local University students about Malcolm Turnbull’s savage cuts to university funding. The Liberal’s $2.2 billion of university cuts across the country are starting to hit hard. Continue reading

VALE HON LAURIE KELLY

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Laurie Kelly overnight – a giant of the Illawarra Labor movement. Laurie Kelly was one of the longest serving Speakers of the Legislative Assembly of the New South Wales Parliament from 25 May 1976 to 26 April 1988 – a position he held for 11 years, 11 months and 2 days. He was the Member for Corrimal for a record seven terms from 1968 until his retirement from Parliament in 1988. Continue reading

PETITION LAUNCHED – HELP SAVE WARRAWONG CENTRELINK AND MEDICARE!

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today launched their petition to try and save Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare from closure. This week, people of the Illawarra learned that the Turnbull Government would be shutting the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare office. Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones wrote to Human Services Minister, Michael Keenan demanding he intervene and overturn the decision. Continue reading

BIRD AND JONES CALL ON LIBERAL MINISTER AND LOCAL LIBERAL SENATOR TO HELP OVERTURN WARRAWONG CENTRELINK CLOSURE

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have written to Minister for Human Services, Hon Michael Keenan MP, urging him to overturn his Government’s decision to close the Department of Human Services office at Warrawong which provides Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to the local area. Continue reading

NO CONSULTATION - NO NOTICE - NO WARRAWONG CENTRELINK

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones have slammed the Government’s decision to close the Centrelink and Medicare Offices at Warrawong. The decision to close the office has been made without consultation with the local community and is a slap in the face to local residents who campaigned for years to get a Medicare office located in the area. Continue reading

LOCAL LABOR SUPPORTING ITSOWEL DEMENTIA PROJECT

Local Federal and State Labor representatives today met with ItSoWel Executive Officer, Giovanna Cardamone, to make a joint personal donation of $1,000 towards The Seasons of my Life Through Italian Eyes – An Interactive Sensory Cultural Resource and launch ItSoWel’s fundraising drive for the project. Continue reading

LABOR’S PLAN TO SCRAP UPFRONT FEES FOR 100,000 TAFE STUDENTS

Local Labor representatives, Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips, today backed in Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s Budget Reply announcement to scrap unfront fees for 100,000 TAFE students who choose to learn the skills that Australia needs. Last night’s announcement adds to Labor’s strong suite of policies to invest in TAFE and apprenticeships and ensure Australians have the skills they need to succeed in our changing economy. Continue reading