Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Portfolio Media Releases

Front and backbench sell out their local communities on ABC cuts

No amount of hand-wringing, petitions, letters to Mark Scott or feigned outrage from Coalition MPs will change the fact they have ripped over half a billion dollars from the ABC and SBS after being elected on a promise not to cut the public broadcasters. All Coalition MPs are... read more...


Abbott Government reaches new heights of hypocrisy over ABC and SBS cuts

After Christopher Pyne set an already high bar for hypocrisy by creating his petition against cutting South Australian ABC TV production, National Party Senators at Estimates last night managed to soar over it by demanding that ABC regional radio be quarantined from the $504.4... read more...


ABC and SBS cuts equal half a billion lies

Malcolm Turnbull today confirmed that more than half a billion dollars would be ripped from the budget of the ABC and SBS despite the Prime Minister promising the Australian people that there would be "no cuts to the ABC or SBS". Speaking on SBS World News the night before... read more...


Novocastrians tell Turnbull: Give us the real NBN

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare joined Sharon Claydon today to call on Malcolm Turnbull to stop treating the people of Newcastle like second-class citizens and to build the real NBN across the city. Newcastle will be amongst the first sites in the country to... read more...


Turnbull confirms Abbott's half a billion broken promises

It has been revealed today that between $200 million and $300 million will be ripped from the budget of the ABC and SBS despite the Prime Minister promising the Australian people that there would be "no cuts to the ABC or SBS." Speaking on SBS News the night before the... read more...


Turnbull has given Tasmanians nothing but broken promises

Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare today condemned the disrespect with which Malcolm Turnbull is treating the people of North-West Tasmania. Malcolm Turnbull went to Devonport today and did nothing but blame everyone else for the rolled-gold broken promises of the... read more...


Proper scrutiny of proposed data retention scheme

PROPER SCRUTINY OF PROPOSED DATA RETENTION SCHEME Labor has requested that the Government defer debate on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill until 2015 to give adequate time for a thorough consultation process to occur. This... read more...


Senate directs Turnbull to come out of the Kremlin

In Opposition Malcolm Turnbull liked to say that NBN Co was "more secretive than the Kremlin." But in Government he has taken up residence in Red Square. In Opposition he introduced a private member's bill demanding that NBN Co release its Corporate Plan. In Government he... read more...


Proposed data retention laws should be subject to thorough consultation

The Federal Opposition today called on the Government to publicly release an exposure draft of its legislation to require the mandatory retention of metadata for up to two years. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security unanimously recommended in May... read more...


Serious questions about the Government's decision to appoint Liberal donor as SBS Chairman

The Government's decision to appoint prominent Liberal Party donor Nihal Gupta as SBS Chairman raises serious questions about the Government's commitment to the SBS and its future. Labor understands and values the critical role the SBS plays in the promotion of social... read more...