ABBOTT’S NBN BROKEN PROMISE LEAVES TASMANIANS STRANDED

THE HON. JASON CLARE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND   MICHELLE ROWLAND MPSHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONSSHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURALISM MEMBER FOR GREENWAY MEDIA RELEASE-ABBOTT’S NBN BROKEN PROMISE LEAVES TASMANIANS STRANDED Continue reading

ABBOTT ATTACKS WATSON COMMUNITY WITH CRUEL CUTS

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland and Member for Watson, Tony Burke have today met with multicultural organisations who have had their funding cruelly ripped away by the Abbott Government. Organisations impacted include the United Muslim Women’s Association which has seen their fully budgeted funding of $150,000 ripped away and the Metro Migrant Resource Centre which has lost $99,215. Continue reading

LIBERAL PARTY ASKS MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES TO DONATE TO THEM – AFTER CUTTING THEIR FUNDING

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland has slammed the Liberal Party for asking for donations from multicultural communities after cutting $11.5 million from multicultural funding since coming to office. Ms Rowland said the Liberal Party was showing contempt for multicultural groups after they launched a ‘Multicultural Liberal Business Club’, which has invited community groups to a $60 a head fundraiser with Bruce Billson two months after cutting $11.5 million from the Building Multicultural Communities Program. Continue reading

SESELJA CAUGHT OUT ON FUNDING CUTS

MICHELLE ROWLAND MPSHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURALISM MEMBER FOR GREENWAY   HON ANDREW LEIGH MPMEMBER FOR FRASER   MEDIA RELEASE  SESELJA CAUGHT OUT ON FUNDING CUTS Continue reading

ABBOTT ATTACKS GELLIBRAND COMMUNITY WITH CRUEL CUTS

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland and Member for Gellibrand, Tim Watts today visited the Polish Club in Albion which has been hurt by the Abbott Government’s cuts to the Building Multicultural Communities Program. Before the election the Polish Club was awarded $160,000 to upgrade their disabled facilities and toilets, and to fit out a kitchen as part of the Program. However after the election the Polish Club was informed that the Abbott Government had cut the fully-budgeted and approved grant. Continue reading

SALE OF AUSTRALIA POST WOULD BE ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE

Acting Shadow Communications Minister, Michelle Rowland has called on the Abbott Government to immediately reaffirm its promise to keep Australia Post in public hands. Reports in today’s Australian Financial Review suggest the Government is considering selling off Australia Post, a move that would see them break a clear promise made prior to the election. Continue reading

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