TRANSCRIPT – DOORSTOP – 11 DECEMBER 2013

E&OE TRANSCRIPT DOORSTOP INTERVIEW WEDNESDAY, 11 DECEMBER 2013CANBERRA SUBJECT/S: Coalition freezing of Building Multicultural Communities Program Continue reading

SPEECH – SUBMARINE CABLE PROTECTION – 5 DECEMBER 2013

Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013 House of Representatives 5 Decembe 2013 Continue reading

ABBOTT VS BERNARDI ON CUTS TO THE ABC

Extreme right wing Senator Cory Bernardi today called for the ABC’s budget to be cut. Continue reading

TRANSCRIPT – ABC NEWS 24 CAPITAL HILL – 3 DECEMBER 2013

E&OE TRANSCRIPT ABC NEWS 24 CAPITAL HILL TUESDAY, 3 DECEMBER 2013CANBERRA Subject/s: TPVs, extended sittings, second Sydney airport Continue reading

D-DAY FOR COALITION’S DUD BROADBAND

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare today said it is D-Day for the Coalition’s dud broadband policy. The Coalition promised that if elected they would conduct a 60-day strategic review. It is now more than 80 days since the election. It is time for the Government to release the NBN Strategic Review. Continue reading

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT SET TO BREAK ANOTHER ELECTION PROMISE

Today the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed secret advice from NBN Co to the Abbott Government that shows their second rate NBN plan is inadequate, poorly planned and unlikely to be completed on time. The Abbott Government’s dodgy NBN plan is a second rate, out-of-date, copper wire network that will deliver slower speeds. Continue reading

COALITION’S SLOWER NBN WILL ‘MAKE LESS MONEY’

The Departments of Finance and Communications revealed today that there will be a major revenue hole in the Government’s alternative NBN plan. “The Government has focused exclusively on the cost of constructing the NBN, and has ignored the issue of revenues NBN Co can earn,” Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare said today. “We now have specific evidence that a fibre-to-the-node approach will generate lower revenues than fibre-to-the-premises, putting its financial viability at risk.” Continue reading

SPEECH – ARMENIAN GENOCIDE – 21 NOVEMBER 2013

Adjournment Debate Armenian Genocide 21 November 2013 Continue reading

ALL MULTICULTURAL GRANTS FACING THE ABBOTT AXE

The Abbott Government has put local multicultural groups in jeopardy, demonstrating once again that it has no interest in supporting projects that will foster social cohesion in our communities. In Question Time today the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, revealed that all grants to multicultural groups under the Building Multicultural Communities Program, announced by Labor in Government and fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget, are facing the Abbott axe. Continue reading

SPEECH – ASYLUM SEEKER POLICY – 20 NOVEMBER 2013

Matter of Public Importance Asylum Seeker Policy House of Representatives 20 November 2013 Continue reading