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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Portfolio Media Releases

Another Secret WA Deal?

Barnaby Joyce has refused to reveal details of secret conversations he had with Brendan Grylls about his new mining tax.  In an answer to a Question on Notice, Mr Joyce said it would take too many resources to tell the community what conversations he or his staff had with... read more...


Foreign Policy White Paper Public Consultation Process

SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONGLEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATESHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRSLABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA  THE HON JASON CLARE MPSHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND Labor... read more...


Ciobo’s tall tales on Australian jobs and the TPP

- Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has been caught out telling porkies about signing Australia up to trade deals that waive the requirement for companies to look for an Australian to fill a job before employing someone from overseas. The now dead Trans Pacific Partnership waived... read more...


Trump crushes Turnbull's alternate TPP reality

  Last week I said the TPP was dead. Today President Elect Donald Trump has confirmed it. The TPP does not come into existence unless the US Congress ratifies it. Today President Elect Trump confirmed that will not happen.  Malcolm Turnbull has been living in an alternate... read more...


Government dodges questions on Townsville CRC broken promise

  Shadow Minister for Northern Australia Jason Clare and Member for Herbert Cathy O’Toole have demanded answers from the Turnbull Government on its broken promise to set-up a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Townsville. The CRC was supposed to create jobs in Townsville... read more...


Turnbull risks Territorians' health with another broken promise

  The Northern Territory is still the only jurisdiction in the country that does not have access to a life-saving PET scanner, despite a six-year-old Abbott-Turnbull Government broken promise to deliver one. Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Jason Clare, joined the... read more...


Solomon left waiting again

  More than a year since the Abbott/Turnbull Government first announced the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) it has now been confirmed that not a single dollar has been spent or even allocated to projects in Solomon. In last night's Senate Estimates... read more...


Labor welcomes updated trade agreement with Singapore

Labor welcomes the third update to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement and looks forward to developing stronger economic ties between the two countries.  Singapore is Australia’s fifth largest trading partner and today’s announcement will help to advance this vital... read more...


Opposition’s Statement In Response To The Government’s Northern Australia Annual Statement

  I thank the Minister for his statement to the Senate updating us on the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Our North, Our Future. He is right to emphasise the ongoing importance of developing Northern Australia. Northern Australia is a key... read more...


One year on and nothing delivered from NAIF

It’s been more than a year since the Abbott/Turnbull Government first announced the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and still no funds have been spent or allocated to projects in the region. In fact, only one formal application for funding has progressed to... read more...