CUNNINGHAM RESIDENTS REJECT CUT TO PENALTY RATES

On the eve of the penalty rate cut to retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy workers kicking in, Sharon Bird today reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to restore weekend penalty rates. In a survey conducted by Sharon Bird this week, 80 per cent of respondents said that they supported people who work on weekends receiving penalty rates. Continue reading

NORTH GONG SURF CLUB GETS A GONG

Sharon Bird was delighted to present North Wollongong SLSC with the January 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

LESS THAN ONE MONTH TO GO AND STILL NO ANSWERS FOR STUDENTS

Sharon Bird has today written to Assistant Minister, Karen Andrews, asking for urgent answers to a number of questions raised at Education and Employment Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra last Wednesday evening. Continue reading

MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT AMEP CONTRACT

Last night in Senate estimates there was more controversy surrounding the Turnbull Government’s decision to rip funding for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) from TAFE and give to a private provider. The Liberals recently announced that they would cut funding TAFE Illawarra for the AMEP and instead awarded contracts to private training provider Navitas who, it was later revealed, had sub-contracted to MAX Solutions. Continue reading

$92,921 TO HELP CUNNINGHAM COMMUNITY GROUPS

Sharon Bird on Wednesday, 17 May, visited the Illawarra Dragon Boat Club and Dragons Abreast Illawarra to announce funding of $92,921 for community groups in Cunningham. Continue reading

WHY SHOULD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PAY FOR MILLIONAIRE’S $16,400 TAX CUT AND $65 BILLION BIG BUSINESS TAX CUT MALCOLM?

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, will today address the NUS rally at the University of Wollongong, to protest the Liberal’s plans to jack up student fees, cut University funding by $3.8 billion and reduce the income repayment threshold for HELP (formerly HECS) debts students repay debt at $42,000 from $55,000. Continue reading

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