CALLING ON BARNABY JOYCE TO SAVE DAVE

Member for Whitlam, and Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Services Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird,  are calling on Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, to join the fight to get sacked Appin miner Dave McLachlan’s job back.   Continue reading

ILLAWARRA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO COP $54.3 MILLION FUNDING CUT

The Illawarra’s Federal and State MPs are up in arms following Freedom of Information (FoI) statistics that reveal the region’s public schools will cop a $54.3 million funding cut over the next two years. The Turnbull Government has taken an axe to public school funding, while the Berijikilan Government is walking away from its promise to hold Malcolm Turnbull accountable and honour the Gonski funding agreement. Continue reading

FOUR LIBERAL BUDGET FAILURES FOR ILLAWARRA INVESTMENT

After yet another Liberal Budget Illawarra infrastructure fail, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today wrote to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Darren Chester, to ascertain how he plans to progress the Maldon-Dombarton Rail Link with the New South Wales Government. Continue reading

BIG BUSINESS BUDGET FAILS THE REGION

The 2017-18 Budget highlights the contempt that the Liberal Government have for the people of the Illawarra, with not one local project listed in the Federal Budget, Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones said today. Continue reading

WHEN WILL LIBERALS LEARN THAT TAFE CUTS MUST STOP?

Sharon Bird today met with local representatives from TAFE to discuss the impact of the Liberal Government’s decision to cut TAFE funding for Adult Migrant English Programs (AMEP) and the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program. The Liberals recently announced that they would cut funding TAFE Illawarra for these programs and have instead awarded contracts to private training providers Navitas (AMEP) and MAX solutions (SEE). Continue reading

BACKFLIP GOOD NEWS FOR LOCAL LEGAL CENTRE

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, were today relieved to hear that the Government were reversing their cuts to community legal centres across the country, including the Illawarra Legal Centre.   Since the last election, the local Labor MPs had called for the Government to reverse the cruel cuts as a matter of urgency. Continue reading

LABOR CALLS ON TURNBULL TO STOP LOCAL TAFE CUTS

Australia’s TAFE, apprenticeship and skills sector is facing massive cuts under the Turnbull Government that will leave students in NSW more than $165 million worse off every year. Today, Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, are calling on Malcolm Turnbull to step in and stop these cuts in the May budget. Continue reading

GONSKI IS DELIVERING FOR ILLAWARRA AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS KIDS

Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, have called on the Federal Government to stop playing politics with school funding, and honour their election promise to match Labor dollar for dollar in delivering Gonski to schools across Australia. Continue reading

SHOW US THE MONEY FOR MALDON-DOMBARTON PROJECT, GARETH WARD

Illawarra Labor MPs Sharon Bird and Paul Scully have challenged Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward to ‘show us the money’ if his support for the Maldon-Dombarton project is to have any credibility. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA LEGAL CENTRE GUTTED BY HARSH CUTS

Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird MP and Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones MP have today called on the Turnbull Government to reverse the cruel cuts to the Illawarra Legal Centre.   From July 1, the Illawarra Legal Centre will be forced to turn away around 500 Illawarra locals thanks to the Turnbull Government’s devastating cuts to Community Legal Centres through the National Partnership Agreement. Continue reading