PREMIER, YOU FORGOT WOLLONGONG TAFE’S 75TH BIRTHDAY!

Sharon Bird and Ryan Park today met with former Wollongong TAFE College Principal Ray Tolhurst and local NSW Teachers’ Federation representatives to wish Wollongong TAFE a belated 75th Birthday. Continue reading

TURNBULL DRAGGED TO BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION

Illawarra Labor representatives have welcomed the change of heart by the big four banks on the need for a Royal Commission. This has only come about because of the concerted pressure from Labor, the community and rebel National MPs. The Prime Minister, who has explored every other alternative, will finally now do the right thing. Continue reading

ANOTHER LIBERAL PM VISIT WITH NO LOCAL COMMITMENTS

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones were stunned that this out of touch Prime Minister today used yet another flying visit to the Illawarra as a stunt to spin his electricity policy and failed to provide one cent of funding for infrastructure in the Illawarra. Power bills have skyrocketed under the Liberals, putting pressure on good manufacturing companies in the Illawarra. Continue reading

TURNBULL MUST TAKE ENERGY SUPPLEMENT CUT OUT OF THE PARLIAMENT

Labor’s Jenny Macklin, Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird have again called on Turnbull to drop the energy supplement cut from his Budget. Visiting the Illawarra today, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Jenny Macklin MP, met with concerned community groups and residents. Continue reading

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IN CHAOS

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, slammed Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals for the chaos and madness that they have created in the Federal Parliament by cancelling the second last week of sittings of the House of Representatives. Continue reading

RESIGNATION OF GRAHAME GOULD (LIFELINE)

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today recognised the huge contribution Grahame Gould has made to the community in the Illawarra during his 24 years as Executive Director of Lifeline South Coast. Continue reading

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