HOUSING AUSTRALIA FUTURE FUND

An Albanese Labor Government will create the Housing Australia Future Fund to build social and affordable housing now and into the future in places like the Illawarra. This will create jobs and change lives.  Continue reading

SPENDING UP, WAGES DOWN IN MORRISON’S BUDGET

Local workers will have to wait four years for a pay rise under the Morrison Government’s economic plan for Australia. That’s despite the Government spending an extra $100bn, bringing the national debt to a trillion dollars but seeing real wages actually falling. Continue reading

LABOR’S NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION FUND WILL HELP US BRING MANUFACTURING BACK TO ILLAWARRA

Anthony Albanese and Labor’s commitment to a National Reconstruction Fund would help create secure jobs for Australian workers in the Illawarra after 8 years of policy drift under consecutive Liberal Prime Ministers. Sharon Bird, the Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones, the Member for Whitlam, visited local specialised steel manufacturer Bisalloy Steel to discuss the benefits of Labor’s National Reconstruction Fund for local businesses in the Illawarra. Continue reading

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