FIONA PHILLIPS ANNOUNCED AS LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE

Labor has today announced that its candidate for Gilmore at the next federal election will be Fiona Phillips.   Joining her in Kiama for the announcement today were local MPs, Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird. Continue reading

LABOR SETS THE AGENDA ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017

International Women’s Day today is in its 42nd year with the very first International Women’s Day celebrated by the United Nations in 1975.   This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change and focuses on World Economic Forum predictions that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. Continue reading

PENSIONERS IN THE ILLAWARRA AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS STILL ANGRY AT TURNBULL’S PENSION CUTS

Over 200 pensioners across Illawarra and Southern Highlands have today joined the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Jenny Macklin, Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, to discuss the Turnbull Government’s changes to the Age Pension. Continue reading

ILLAWARRA NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR WILL BE MISSED

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today expressed their sadness at the passing of Dr Margaret Gardiner. Continue reading

LIBERAL NEGLECT WILL STIFLE GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE ILLAWARRA

The Liberal Government has confirmed they will not fund the Maldon Dombarton Rail Link have done nothing to progress the Appin Road upgrade. Continue reading

GOLF COURSE TRIBUTE TO COAL HERITAGE IN THE ILLAWARRA

Sharon Bird today officially launched the Russell Vale Golf Course Hole Naming – a tribute to Illawarra coal miners past and present. Continue reading

PENALTY RATES DECISION – BIG BLOW TO FAMILIES

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today expressed their concern about the Fair Work Commission’s decision to slash weekend and public holiday penalty rates.   Continue reading

BUILDING A JOBS PLAN FOR THE ILLAWARRA

Today in Albion Park, the Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor, joined Stephen Jones, Member for Whitlam, and Sharon Bird, Member for Cunningham at a local jobs forum to talk about job creation across the Illawarra. Continue reading

CLOSING THE GAP FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS HAS STALLED

Stephen Jones, Member for Whitlam, and Sharon Bird, Member for Cunningham have echoed the Hon. Bill Shorten in his 2017 Closing the Gap response in Parliament today.   Continue reading

ILLAWARRA LIFESAVERS RECOGNISED IN CANBERRA

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones paid tribute to Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC and Windang SLSC at a presentation ceremony for the Surf Life Saving Rescue of the Month Awards at Parliament House today.  Continue reading