Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Portfolio Media Releases

Coronavirus: Up to 45,000 Council jobs at risk

The coronavirus has led to closure of many council facilities putting up to 45,000 jobs at risk. Currently ineligible for the JobKeeper package local councils are already laying off thousands of employees.   Sutherland Shire Council, in the Prime Minister’s own electorate,... read more...


Coronavirus: Labor’s call to support our healthcare heroes

  Our frontline health care workers are heroes in this health emergency and deserve as much support as possible from us to keep saving lives. With reports this week of health workers being publicly abused on public transport because of their day-to-day proximity to the... read more...


Coronavirus: No clarity on rental package causes bullying and anxiety

Some real estate agents are bullying tenants by demanding they pay rent in advance and demanding they draw down on their retirement savings to pay rent.   While most agents are behaving professionally, Labor has received reports of unacceptable behaviour and calls on the... read more...


Homelessness charities in real trouble when they are needed most

JASON CLARE MPSHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESSSHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TERRITORIESMEMBER FOR BLAXLANDHON LINDA BURNEY MPSHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILIES AND SOCIAL SERVICESMEMBER FOR BARTONANDREW LEIGH MPSHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR... read more...


Coronavirus: Common sense rental relief welcome

  Tonight’s announcement by the National Cabinet on an eviction moratorium is welcomed by Labor.  We have consistently said that no one should lose their home, whether they own it or rent it, because of the virus. This will help.Our home is our castle.  In the next few months... read more...


Coronavirus: Renters package due tonight

  The relief package for renters, put together by the states, is due to be considered by the National Cabinet tonight. The Government now has broad powers to increase and expand payments to help people in difficult situations - this includes people facing rental stress. It... read more...


Welcome relief for borrowers and small business

JIM CHALMERS MP SHADOW TREASURER MEMBER FOR RANKIN   BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS MEMBER FOR GORTON   STEPHEN JONES MP SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER SHADOW... read more...


Food banks and emergency relief need boost now

Labor is calling on the Government to urgently extend stimulus support to the charity and non-for-profit sector.  Food bank, emergency relief and financial counselling organisations provide vital services to those Australians doing it toughest – and they are more important... read more...


Coronavirus: Financial relief for homeowners and renters

It is clear the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will hit a lot of Australian families hard. For people who lose their job or lose hours at work it will make it much harder to pay the mortgage or pay the rent. No one should lose their home because they, or their family, are affected... read more...


Supermarket Delivery Curfews

Local councils should immediately lift truck delivery curfews that are restricting the ability of supermarkets to restock.   This temporary measure will help supermarkets restock shelves and keep up with the increase in demand.   Many councils have curfews on truck delivery... read more...