TRANSCRIPT - MALDON DOMBARTON FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

E&OE TRANSCRIPTDOORSTOP INTERVIEWPORT KEMBLA, NSW MONDAY, 22 APRIL 2019 SUBJECT: Maldon-Dombarton freight rail line SHARON BIRD: It's fantastic to be here today with the Shadow Minister, Anthony Albanese, obviously myself, Stephen Jones and Dr Mike Freelander. I hope that he'll be the next Infrastructure Minister. We hope that because Anthony understands our region. He understands why infrastructure is so important to opening economic opportunity, jobs for our region, connecting the Illawarra and South West Sydney where Mike represents. It's a really important opportunity for us to grow so many businesses, to create so many jobs. We see nothing from the Liberal Party. Mike and I, with Shadow Minister Albanese, the other day announced $55 million for Appin Road. We are here for another announcement today. The Liberals neglect our region all the time and so I'm really pleased that Anthony is here because he understands and is committed to our region. I might ask him to explain what the announcement is today.  Continue reading

LABOR COMMITS TO PROGRESSING THE MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL LINK

A Shorten Labor Government would provide $50 million in investment to work on the completion of the long-stalled Maldon-Dombarton rail link to boost productivity and promote growth in the Illawarra region. Federal Labor calls on the NSW Government to match this commitment. Continue reading

FEDERAL LABOR TO MAKE APPIN ROAD SAFER AND EXPAND ECONOMIC LINKS BETWEEN WOLLONGONG AND SOUTH WEST SYDNEY

A Shorten Labor Government would provide $50 million to deliver further upgrades to Appin Road. Appin Road is becoming even busier due to the growing economic and social links between the South West Sydney region and the Illawarra. Increasingly, this traffic is comprised of heavy vehicles. Continue reading

ABC ILLAWARRA CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

ABC Illawarra is central to the lives of our community and we congratulate it on 60 years of public broadcasting into our region. Locally, the ABC supports the delivery of local and regional news, information gathering and emergency broadcasting. Like so many Australians, Labor treasures the ABC as one of Australia’s most trusted institutions. Continue reading

SITUATION NORMAL – LIBERAL ARROGANCE IN THE ILLAWARRA

It’s on – Scott Morrison has finally visited the Governor General this morning to call the election for Saturday 18 May 2019.  What he hasn’t announced is his candidates in Cunningham and Whitlam.  Continue reading

LABOR’S MEDICARE CANCER PLAN

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver the biggest cancer care package in Australian history, with a $2.3 billion investment to dramatically slash out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients.  This is the most important reform to Medicare since it was introduced by Bob Hawke. Continue reading

LAST MINUTE CON DOESN’T MAKE UP FOR CUTS AND CHAOS

Last night’s Federal Budget was a pathetic attempt to cover up the past six years of cuts and chaos by the Liberal and National Coalition. The Illawarra was, yet again, left high and dry with not one cent for infrastructure. No Maldon Dombarton Rail Link funding. No funding for our local university. No funding for local roads. No funding for local schools. Continue reading

ONLY FEDERAL LABOR HAS A PLAN TO ARREST LOW WAGES GROWTH AND INSECURE WORK

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Employment Brendan O’Connor joined the Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Labor’s candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips in Port Kembla on Wednesday to talk with local workers about their concerns over job security and low wages growth.   Workers at Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) are stuck in a protracted workplace dispute as they fight for fair pay and conditions. The have faced a lock out by the company, the decision to terminate their agreement and are fighting to keep job security clauses in their agreement to protect against the casualisation of the workforce through labour hire. Continue reading

LIBERALS SHAFT STEEL RECOMMENDATIONS

The release today of the Australian Government’s response to the Senate Economics References Committee Report: Australia’s steel industry: forging ahead, is yet another low blow from the Liberals when it comes to steel. The Liberals have now firmly stated that they do not support developing an over-arching steel policy. The Liberals have accepted none of committees’ 28 recommendations.   Continue reading

AGED CARE COMMITMENT WON’T FIX ISSUES CAUSED BY COALITION

Too little, too late. More than 30,000 locals in the electorate of Whitlam are aged over 65 (almost 20 percent of the total population) and around 3,500 are aged over 85.  In Cunningham, almost 27,000 people are over the age of 65 (over 17 per cent) and around 4,208 are aged over 85.There are more than 1000 people in the Illawarra and 614 in the Southern Highlands who are in the National Prioritisation Queue for home care packages. These people have been placed in the queue based on their individual needs and circumstances. Continue reading