MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO END UNCERTAINTY AROUND ABC ENHANCED NEWSGATHERING FUNDING - 7 MARCH 2019

A question mark continues to hang over the Enhanced Newsgathering Program funding for the ABC which was introduced by Labor in 2013, then cut back by the Liberals. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - LIBERALS TO MISS THEIR OWN NATIONAL NBN SPEED MANDATE IN 5 OUT OF 8 STATES AND TERRITORIES - 7 MARCH 2019

Joint with Josh Wilson MP, Deputy Chair Joint Standing Committee on the NBN. Evidence submitted to the NBN Joint Standing Committee has revealed the multi-technology mix will fail to meet the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government’s own national NBN speed quality mandate in 5 out of 8 States and Territories. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - FIFIELD MUST ANSWER QUESTIONS OVER HUGE GUTHRIE PAYOUT - 6 MARCH 2019

The payout to Michelle Guthrie is an extraordinary amount of taxpayers’ money and people have the right to feel outraged. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - STATEMENT ON ABC CHAIRPERSON - 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Labor congratulates Ita Buttrose AO OBE on the announcement that she will be recommended for appointment as ABC Chairperson.  The ABC is one of Australia’s most trusted institutions, and the role of Chair in maintaining the independence and integrity of the Corporation is critical. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - FACT CHECK: FIFIELD AND CORMANN DELUSIONAL ON NBN TARGETS CLAIM - 18 FEBRUARY 2019

Joint with Shadow Minister for Finance, Jim Chalmers MP. If Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann were not sufficiently deluded in backing Peter Dutton for PM, they today made the ridiculous claim that NBNCo was continuing to exceed its targets!   Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR WANTS ALL AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN TO BE SAFE ONLINE - 9 FEBRUARY 2019

Joint with the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.  A Shorten Labor Government will work to protect a new generation of Australian children from cyber risks by creating a new eSmart Digital Licence that would begin rollout from this year. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - 160,000 MISSED NBN APPOINTMENTS IS SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH - 4 FEBRUARY 2019

Senate scrutiny has revealed there were 157,268 missed NBN technician appointments in financial year 2017-2018. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - NBNCO CHAIRMAN ATTEMPTS TO WALK AWAY FROM NBN VALUATION CLAIM - 29 JANUARY 2019

Joint with Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Minister for Finance.  The NBNCo Chairman has today attempted to carefully walk away from his claim the NBN could achieve a sale value of $50 billion, days after responses to a Senate Committee exposed his assertion for what it always was: third-rate nonsense. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - NBN CHAIRMAN FAILS TO SUBSTANTIATE BIZARRE CLAIMS ABOUT SALE VALUE OF NBN - 24 JANUARY 2019

Joint with Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Minister for Finance. Following 92 days of attempting to circumnavigate its Chairman’s train of thought, NBNCo has failed to produce any evidence to support the Chairman’s claim that the NBN could achieve a market sale value of $50 billion. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR WILL HELP FUND INTERNET SUBMARINE FIBRE CABLE TO CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY TO QUEENSLAND - 19 JANUARY 2019

Joint with Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and Daniel Parsell, Labor Candidate for Fisher. A Shorten Labor Government will help deliver more jobs and support the creation of new businesses in Queensland by investing $5 million to support the establishment of a new international internet submarine fibre cable link to the Sunshine Coast. Continue reading