Speech - Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014

2 October 2014

I rise today to join my Labor colleagues in strong opposition to the Automotive Transformation Scheme Amendment Bill 2014.

The Bill amends the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 and gives effects to the Abbott Liberal Government’s $500 million cut to the Automotive Transformation Scheme or ATS over 2014‑15 to 2017-18. 

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Media Release - A Digital Divide

2 October 2014

The Abbott Liberal Government are creating a digital divide and carving up the country into haves and have-nots when it comes to high-speed broadband.

Today’s announcement of an extended rollout of the National Broadband Network in the Hunter confirmed that large numbers of residents will only have access to a slower, inferior fibre-to-the-node broadband service relying on old copper technology. 

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2 October 2014

Today Labor stood up for families, pensioners and young people in Newcastle by standing up against Tony Abbott’s cuts to the pension, family payments and support for job seekers.

The Abbott Liberal Government’s unfair Budget is in complete chaos today, with the Labor Party forcing them into a humiliating back down on their cruel Budget measures. 

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Speech - Global Poverty and Overseas Aid

22 September 2014

Poverty and, extreme poverty in particular, continues to be major issue around the world.

According to the United Nations, global extreme poverty, that is, people living on less than $1.25 per day, has halved since 1990, but more than 1.2 billion people remain in extreme poverty today.

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Media Release - Community Grants Workshop

18 September 2014

Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon is hosting a workshop today for local community groups on how to secure public and private funding grants.

More than 35 community organisations and not-for-profit groups will attend the workshop that will focus on how to best prepare and write successful grant applications.

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16 September 2014

The Abbott Liberal Government’s $7.6 billion cut to overseas aid is a broken promise that will hurt the world’s poor.

Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, was in Newcastle today and addressed a large audience about the cuts at a public forum at University House.

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Media Release - No time for government to be complacent on jobs

11 September

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor was in Newcastle today and has welcomed the National Labour Force figures for August released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), but said at 6.1 per cent the figure is still too high.

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Media Release - Parliamentary Public Works Committee Visits Newcastle

9 September 2014

Federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon welcomes the visit of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works to Newcastle tomorrow, for a public hearing into the proposed new Air Combat Capability facilities at Williamtown airbase.

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Media Release - Hunter students face higher fees under new Higher Education Bill

5 September 2014.

Hunter students will face higher fees and spiraling debt under changes to higher education moved by the Abbott Liberal Government this week.



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Speech - ARENA Repeal Bill 2014

1 September 2014

I rise today to support the amendments moved by the Member for Port Adelaide on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill.

When it comes to the environment, climate change and the renewable energy sector more broadly, this Government is building quite the reputation.

Regretfully this reputation is nothing short of abysmal.

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