CUNNINGHAM, WHITLAM AND GILMORE SAY YES!

Labor’s Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips celebrated the resounding Yes result in all three Illawarra electorates today. Electorate Participation Rate Yes Response Cunningham 81.9   per cent 65.7   per cent (60,906) Whitlam 80.1   per cent 62.3   per cent (57,562) Gilmore 80.6   per cent 62   per cent (59,322) Continue reading

TELSTRA DECISION WIN FOR CONSUMERS

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird have welcomed steps by Telstra to compensate 42,000 consumers who have been sold a speed which Turnbull’s copper NBN cannot support. “The figures released by the ACCC paint a shocking picture where 56 per cent of consumers who were sold a 100Mbps plan found the copper connection was not fit for purpose,” Mr Jones said. Continue reading

LABOR BACKS ILLAWARRA AS A SMART CITY

Labor has thrown its support behind making the Illawarra a Smart City. Labor’s Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird have supported the Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation’s $4M Smart City proposal at a meeting with Assistant Minister, Angus Taylor, in Canberra. Continue reading

LABOR WILL REVERSE PENALTY RATE CUTS WITHIN FIRST 100 DAYS OF A LABOR GOVERNMENT

Sharon Bird, Stephen Jones and Fiona Phillips today reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to reverse Malcolm Turnbull’s tax cuts for millionaires and multinationals and restore penalty rates within the first 100 days of a future Labor Government. The decision announced today by the Fair Work Commission to reject an appeal against the penalty rates cuts is devastating for local workers. Continue reading

NEARLY 600 ISSUED WITH FALSE OR INCORRECT CENTRELINK DEBTS ACROSS THE ILLAWARRA AND SOUTH COAST

Nearly 400 income support recipients in the Illawarra and a further 200 in Gilmore were falsely or incorrectly issued with Centrelink debts under the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge’s failed Robo-debt debacle. In an answer to a question in writing filed by Steve Georganas MP, the Minister for Human Services revealed that as at 31 March, 20,000 Australians nation-wide who had been contacted as part of the failed Robo-debt debacle, had their debts corrected or quashed altogether. Continue reading

LABOR MEETS LOCAL ILLAWARRA BUSINESSES ON NBN

Labor’s Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird will meet local Illawarra businesses this week to hear their views and concerns about the Turnbull Government’s National Broadband Network. The meeting comes as new figures reveal the NBN is costing New South Wales small businesses an average of $9,000 through delays, disruptions and loss of sales. Continue reading

LABOR SIGNS UP FOR A SECURE FUTURE FOR TAFE

Local State and Federal Labor MPs and Labor’s candidate for Gilmore today met out the front of West Wollongong TAFE to sign a pledge to guarantee funding for TAFE with Labor’s State Shadow Minister for Skills, Prue Car.  In stark contrast to the Liberal’s disdain for TAFE, Labor has committed to guarantee funding for TAFE at both a State and Federal Level. Continue reading

HEAR THE MESSAGE, NO BLACKSPOTS ON PICTON ROAD

Ryan Park and Sharon Bird today jointly called on both the State and Federal governments to provide advice on planned improvements for mobile phone access on the Picton Road.  Recently Mrs Hayette Hanna, a local resident from Figtree, contacted Mr Park regarding a car accident on the Picton Road which resulted in the death of her sister.  Her sister was a widow, a mother of five and grandmother of four.  She passed away after the driver of the other vehicle ceased to pay attention and swerved to the wrong side of the road. Continue reading

YET ANOTHER REPORT – STILL NO ACTION FROM LIBERALS ON MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL LINE

Sharon Bird today welcomed the release of the “Upgrading rail connectivity between Illawarra and Sydney” report by the SMART Infrastructure-Illawarra Business Chamber which called for the construction of the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Line. The key recommendations call on both the New South Wales and Federal Government to prioritise the construction of the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Line and to try and secure funding under the National Rail Program to progress the Line. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA SCHOOLS LOSE UNDER MALCOLM TURNBULL

Thanks to Malcolm Turnbull, Illawarra schools will lose more than $15 million over the next two years alone. Today, we will be visiting Woonona High School in Wollongong.  Because of Mr Turnbull, it will be $447,000 worse off. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, said Malcolm Turnbull’s new schools policy was completely unfair. Continue reading