Malcolm Turnbull says: Blacktown, you’ve got it good enough

Malcolm Turnbull visited Blacktown last Friday.  I think the last time he was in Blacktown was to launch my Liberal opponent’s campaign in Greenway.  But I digress. Turnbull posted some silly tweets and uploaded a ridiculous video in which he starred with his new (part-time) Executive Chairman of the board of NBNCo, Dr Ziggy Switkowski. I largely ignored Turnbull’s comments until he repeated them in Parliament this morning and again in Question Time today. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT – SKY NEWS AM AGENDA – 11 NOVEMBER 2013

E&OE TRANSCRIPT SKY NEWS AM AGENDA MONDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2013 Subject/s: Parliament, natural disaster in the Philippines, climate change, asylum seekers, GrainCorp Continue reading

SPEECH – FECCA 2013 NATIONAL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE – 8 NOVEMBER 2013

FECCA 2013 National Biennial Conference – Gold Coast Convention Centre, Friday, 8 November 2013 Check against delivery Breaking down the barriers: A strength-based approach for a just society Continue reading

CALD COMMUNITIES AT RISK FROM CHANGES TO THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland said today that the Abbott Government’s plans to scrap racial discrimination laws will have a detrimental impact on Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Continue reading

FIRST HALF A MILLION VICTIMS OF COALITION CUTS TO NBN

More than half a million homes and businesses were today identified as the first victims of the Coalition cuts to the National Broadband Network. Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare called on the Coalition Government to stick to its word and honour existing National Broadband Contracts whilst the NBN Co Strategic Review is underway. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT – SKY NEWS AM AGENDA – MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2013

E&OE TRANSCRIPT TELEVISION INTERVIEW AM AGENDA, SKY NEWS MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2013 Subject/s: Asylum seekers, Commission of Audit, PM Abbott’s Washington Post gaffe, second Sydney airport Continue reading

ROWLAND CALLS ON COMMUNITY TO RALLY AGAINST CLOSURE OF CHILDCARE CENTRES

Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, has called on Blacktown residents to stand up to the Liberals on Blacktown Council and rally against their proposed closure of childcare centres. The United Services Union will be hosting a rally before the Council meeting on 30 October 2013 from 6pm at the Village Green in Blacktown. Ms Rowland said it was becoming clearer by the day that the Liberals on Blacktown Council want to close down council-run childcare centres and the community needed to send a clear message to the Liberals to keep them open. Continue reading

Trench warfare can’t fix Turnbull’s NBN

The below piece was published by Business Spectator on April 12, 2013. The great irony of Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt yesterday to salvage a remnant of credibility following the disastrous release of his party’s broadband-lite manifesto is that he is guilty of the very crime he has levelled at every critic (and they are numerous): apparently, said critics have rusted themselves on to old arguments supporting the benefits of a national, ubiquitous and scalable open access network to reverse decades of entrenched inequity in broadband accessibility. Continue reading

APPOINTMENT TO THE SHADOW MINISTRY

It is a great privilege to be appointed to the shadow portfolios of Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Assisting on Communications. To be appointed to Labor’s Shadow Ministry is an extremely humbling experience and I am very thankful to be given this opportunity. Continue reading

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT DUMPS DISABILITYCARE ROLL OUT IN BLACKTOWN AND BEYOND

The future of DisabilityCare Australia for thousands of people has been thrown into doubt with the Abbott Government walking away from Federal Labor’s plans for the full roll out the scheme. During the election campaign Federal Labor announced its priorities for the next roll out of the national disability insurance scheme from July 2016, including making Blacktown one of the first sites for the roll out. Continue reading