COMMUNITY GROUPS BEAR THE BRUNT OF CRUEL COALITION CUTS

Reports in today’s Age newspaper have shed light on the cruelty of the Coalition’s cuts to the Building Multicultural Communities Program. Continue reading

COALITION TAKES AXE TO COMMUNITY RADIO

Yesterday’s MYEFO announcement confirmed the Abbott Government is ripping $2.5 million out of community radio over the next four years, Acting Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland, said today. “This is a massive blow to community radio services around Australia,” Ms Rowland said. Continue reading

PROOF COALITION IS SLOWING NBN ROLLOUT

Evidence at the Senate Select Committee on the NBN today confirmed that construction will slow dramatically over the next six months. The NBN rollout is currently passing 5000 premises per week. In evidence before the Senate Select Committee today NBN Co Chairman  Ziggy Switkowski confirmed that this number would drop to just 4000 premises per week under Minister Turnbull’s new model. Continue reading

THE REAL NBN STRATEGIC REVIEW RELEASED

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare today released the real Strategic Review of the Coalition’s second rate NBN plan. This is the secret advice handed to Malcolm Turnbull in his first few weeks in the job. Continue reading

ABBOTT ATTACKS COMMUNITY GROUPS WITH CRUEL CUTS

The Abbott Government has cruelly cut fully-budgeted and approved grants awarded to not-for-profit groups, charities, local government organisations and volunteer organisations around the country. Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland, said the Abbott Government’s decision to cut the Building Multicultural Communities Program was a disgrace. Continue reading

TED NOFFS FOUNDATION CALLS ON THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE MULTICULTURAL GRANTS

The Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism Michelle Rowland and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration Matt Thistlethwaite have joined with the Ted Noffs Foundation today to call on the Abbott Government to release funding under the Building Multicultural Communities Program. These grants were awarded under proper procedures and were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget. Successful applicants were notified and rightly expect to receive this funding. 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

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