STATEMENT ON IMPACT OF US STEEL TARIFFS

Labor’s Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today called on Malcolm Turnbull to redouble efforts to stop Donald Trump’s plan for US tariffs on Australian steel. It’s time Turnbull picked up the phone and spoke to the President of the United States directly to protect Australian companies, particularly BlueScope. Continue reading

COST OF LIVING PRESSURES IMPACTING ILLAWARRA RESIDENTS

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Finance, Jim Chalmers MP, is in Wollongong today and will hold a roundtable with local community sector organisations to discuss the impact of rising cost of living pressures. Cost of living is growing across the Illawarra with increases to housing costs, electricity price rises and the Turnbull Government’s cuts to family and household benefits. Continue reading

POLICY OF PROCRASTINATION ON MALDON-DOMBARTON RAIL PROJECT MUST END OR FUTURE VIABILITY OF PORT KEMBLA AT RISK

The long term viability of Port Kembla will be severely constrained and currently available infrastructure no longer able to provide secure train paths to the port and Illawarra in as little as a decade unless construction of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link starts soon, the secret business case on the project has warned. In a damning assessment of the region’s current infrastructure capability, the business case report – which has been kept under wraps by the NSW Government for the last four years – makes clear that freight train paths on the Illawarra Line will be cut dramatically from 60 paths per day to just 8 paths per day and could confine freight operations to “night time only” by 2031. Continue reading

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR PORT KEMBLA COAL TERMINAL WORKERS

Sorry we can’t be with you today but Parliament is sitting. You have our unwavering support in your fight to stop Port Kembla Coal Terminal terminating your enterprise agreement. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA & SOUTH COAST RESIDENTS PAYING MORE FOR HEALTH UNDER TURNBULL

New data has revealed the cost of seeing a GP and specialist has skyrocketed under the Liberals. Residents across the Illawarra and South Coast are paying more to see their GP and specialists with out of pocket expenses growing. In Cunningham, the average out of pocket expense has reached $30.68 to see a GP and $78.67 to see a specialist; while costs in Whitlam have risen to $31.93 to see a GP and $78.73 to see a specialist. In Gilmore, out of pocket expenses to see a GP and specialist have risen to $30.07 and $73.65, respectively. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA ENERGY ROUNDTABLE

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler MP, is in Wollongong today and holding an Energy Roundtable with local industry and business stakeholders. Labor will meet with carbon-intensive, high-energy consuming businesses from across the Illawarra and discuss Labor’s plan to protect local manufacturing jobs and industry from rising electricity costs while transitioning to a clean energy future. Continue reading

VALE AUNTY AGNES

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today extended their sincere condolences on the passing of much-loved local Aboriginal elder Aunty Agnes Donovan. Aunty Agnes was a well-liked and well respected member of the local community and the Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Youth Association (SACYA) where she served as Chair for many years. Continue reading

BURNING PALMS SURF LIFE SAVING CLUB RECEIVES AWARD FOR FIGURE EIGHT POOL RESCUE

Sharon Bird was delighted to present Burning Palms SLSC with the October 2017 Rescue of the Month Award at a presentation ceremony for the Surf Life Saving Rescue of the Month Awards at Parliament House today. The Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving Rescue of the Month award acknowledges the rescue deemed Australia’s most courageous that month. Continue reading

LABOR CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ENTERPRISES VIABILITY

Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Senator Carol Brown and the Hon Sharon Bird, MP for Cunningham today toured Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) in Wollongong, meeting with their work place reps, carers and supported employees. Continue reading

HOME CARE CRISIS IN THE ILLAWARRA – WAITING LIST HITS 950 IN THE ILLAWARRA

According to the Home Care Packages Program Data Report, the latest figures on the Turnbull Government’s home care packages has revealed approximately 950 older Australians in the Illawarra are waiting for care – including 321 patients requiring high care or Level 4 packages. Continue reading