MEDIA RELEASE - 183,000 FIBRE TO THE NODE USERS NOT GETTING MINIMUM SPEEDS - 5 APRIL 2019

In a concerning revelation, NBNCo has admitted that 183,000 households on the copper Fibre to the Node network are not even receiving minimum speeds of 25 Mbps, as of March 2019. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - MORE INVESTMENT IN THE ABC AND MORE REGIONAL JOBS UNDER LABOR - 5 APRIL 2019

Joint with Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, and Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications. A Shorten Labor Government will provide $13 million to the ABC to support regional broadcasting services, more local and regional content, emergency broadcasting and the creation of a News Literacy Program. This investment will also create more jobs in regional Australia. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - AUSTRALIA POST FOUND TO HAVE BREACHED CONDITIONS UNDER COMCARE SELF-INSURANCE LICENSE - 3 APRIL 2019

Joint with Brendan O'Connor MP, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations News that Australia Post will be subject to regulatory action after it was found to have breached its self-insurance license conditions under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme comes as no surprise to Labor, particularly under a government that religiously attempts to undermine the Comcare scheme. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - THE ABC OF LIBERAL INTERFERENCE - 1 APRIL 2019

Joint with Senator Kristina Keneally. The Report of the Senate Inquiry into allegations of political interference in the ABC, tabled today, demonstrates that the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has used practically every lever at its disposal to try and interfere with the ABC: Attacks, Board appointments, and Cuts. Continue reading

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