MORRISON IS ENDING JOBKEEPER AND ENDING THOUSANDS OF LIVELIHOODS

Scott Morrison has turned out the lights at thousands of small business owners and taken an axe to thousands of workers’ livelihoods by ending Job Keeper. He wouldn’t listen to warnings from economists, business leaders, unions and his own public servants that 200,000 people will hit the job queue all at once.   Continue reading

LABOR BACKS STEEL INDUSTRY JOBS

Australian steel workers need a plan for their future, and Labor is listening. Australia is the world’s biggest iron ore exporter, and Labor recognises more of it should be used right here at home. Continue reading

TOURISM PACKAGE LEAVES LOCAL BUSINESSES UP IN THE AIR

After months of indecision the Morrison Government has announced its tourism support package. It is driven by politics not economics. The benefits are geared towards marginal Government electorates. It won’t support jobs and businesses in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and the Eurobodalla. Continue reading

LABOR MPS CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO FIX THE RATE

Local Federal Labor MPs are today calling on the Morrison Government to fix the rate of unemployed benefit for our region’s 37,000 job seekers. The Guardian has revealed that over 37,000 jobseekers will be bounced back to just $40 a day next month unless the Morrison Government fixes the rate of support. Continue reading

TARGETED SUPPORT NECESSARY TO AVOID FURTHER JOB LOSSES

Local Federal Labor MPs are calling on the Morrison Government to extend support for workers, and businesses in our tourism sector. With the shutdown in international travel these have been hit the hardest by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic with little sign of relief on the horizon. Continue reading

FAMILY COURT ABOLITION PUTS WOMEN AND CHILDREN LAST

Illawarra and South Coast families going through the trauma of relationship breakdown have been abandoned by Scott Morrison and his decision to abolish the Family Court. Complex family law requires specialised legal skills that only Family Court judges can deliver. Continue reading

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – FIX HOME CARE WAITLIST NOW!

As new national home care wait list figures again remained over 100,000, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today slammed the Morrison Government’s ongoing neglect of our older Australians and called on them to properly address the lack of home care places. Continue reading

SCOTT MORRISON’S BUDGET FAILS TO PROVIDE A PLAN FOR CHILDCARE

Local Federal Labor MPs today called on the Morrison Government to invest in childcare in order to make early education and care more affordable for thousands of families across the region. The Budget provided the Morrison Government with an opportunity to invest in early education and care. Continue reading

ONE TRILLION DOLLARS OF DEBT AND STILL NOTHING FOR THE ILLAWARRA

Local Federal Labor MPs were astounded that despite the Morrison Government plunging Australia into one trillion dollars of debt, there was not one project for the Illawarra. The Prime Minister and the Treasurer are happy to use BlueScope and the Illawarra as a backdrop for their media doorstops but they have failed to deliver one single cent of investment in infrastructure in the Illawarra.  Continue reading

PM GOES FOR PHOTO-OP NOT DELIVERY IN WOLLONGONG – AGAIN!

Local Federal MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today called on the government to make the Illawarra a priority for infrastructure funding in the Federal Budget on 6 October. The Prime Minister’s visit yesterday contained not one single direct announcement for funding for the Illawarra.  Nothing for desperately needed social housing, nothing for local transport infrastructure to connect our Port to south-western Sydney and nothing for our tourist industry as they struggle to recover from COVID-19. Continue reading