MEDIA RELEASE - FIFIELD: FRESH OUT OF IDEAS FOR COMMUNICATIONS - 28 AUGUST 2018

Today the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government doubled down on its damaging record on the NBN and ABC by reinstating Senator Mitch Fifield as Minister for Communications. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - NEW REPORT SHOWS FIFIELD’S NBN A NIGHTMARE FOR SMALL BUSINESS - 27 AUGUST 2018

Joint with Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business.  A new report from the Australian Communications & Media Authority reveals 42 per cent of small and medium businesses have complained to the NBN or their retail provider about poor service during connection. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - APPOINTMENT OF NEW NBNCO CEO - 22 AUGUST 2018

Joint with Jim Chalmers MP, Shadow Minister for Finance. Labor does not consider the appointment of a permanent NBNCo CEO this close to the election to be appropriate, particularly given the dysfunctional state of the Turnbull Government. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - FIFIELD’S CLAIM THAT REGIONAL PRICE HIKE WAS “UNDER CONSULTATION” IS FALLING APART - 20 AUGUST 2018

Joint with Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications.  Within the space of 24 hours, Mitch Fifield’s claim that the regional broadband price hike was under consultation has fallen apart at the seams. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - TIMING OF FIFIELD’S INTERNET TAX A TELL TALE SIGN OF A DESPERATE GOVERNMENT - 20 AUGUST 2018

Mitch Fifield needs to clarify this week whether the timing of his broadband tax is simply a disingenuous ploy to prop up the NBN Corporate Plan. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - HUMILIATING BACKDOWN FOR FIFIELD ON REGIONAL BROADBAND PRICE HIKE - 16 AUGUST 2018

Joint with Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications. Only 16 hours after NBNCo let the cat out of the bag, Mitch Fifield has made a humiliating retreat from plans to charge regional consumers on the fixed-wireless network $20 more to access broadband than consumers in the city. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - CRIMINALISATION OF IMAGE-BASED ABUSE NEARS REALITY - 16 AUGUST 2018

Three years after Labor first introduced a Private Members’ Bill to criminalise image-based abuse, the Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2017, introducing both civil and criminal offences, has finally passed the House of Representatives. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - REGIONAL NBN CUSTOMERS TO PAY MORE UNDER TURNBULL - 16 AUGUST 2018

Joint with Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications. Last night, we found out what Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN really means for regional Australians. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - NBN REVENUE FORECASTS DESIGNED WITH ONE THING IN MIND: SPIN - 15 AUGUST 2018

Serious questions remain as to whether the 2017-18 revenue target in the 2018 NBN Corporate Plan was set low in order to spin a public relations coup for the Turnbull Government upon release of the full year NBN financial results this Thursday. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE - LABOR REQUESTS ANAO AUDIT OF NBN CORPORATE PLAN - 27 JULY 2018

Federal Labor has written to the Auditor-General, requesting an independent assessment of key assumptions underpinning the medium and long-term financials of the NBN. Continue reading