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

DEATH OF COLIN MARKHAM

Illawarra Labor Federal and State Members of Parliament have today joined the community in mourning the death of Labor Party stalwart, Colin Markham. Mr Markham passed away over the weekend surrounded by family. Colin served the people of the Illawarra with distinction. Continue reading

ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY TO BE DETERMINED BY BANK ACCOUNTS NOT MARKS

With the Government’s Job-Ready Graduate Package Scott Morrison and the Coalition Government have locked young Australians out of an education. Under these changes, on average, students will pay higher university fees, with the cost of some degrees such as humanities more than doubling. Continue reading

CONSTRUCTION OF MORE SOCIAL HOUSING

This week is Homeless Week in Australia. It is a reminder that there are more Australians experiencing homelessness than ever before, and the economic crisis we are in could force many more into crisis accommodation, including right here in the Illawarra, and Southern Highlands. Continue reading