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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Portfolio Media Releases

NAIF: Crappy 4th Birthday

NAIF: CRAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY Scott Morrison and the LNP’s failed Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) has just marked its fourth birthday. While Morrison and the LNP can celebrate the millions of dollars in staff costs, travel perks and executive salaries they’ve paid... read more...


Labor's FutureAsia Plan to deepen Asian engagement

TANYA PLIBERSEK MP   DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION   SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING   SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN   MEMBER FOR SYDNEY     SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG  LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE  SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS  LABOR SENATOR FOR... read more...


Labor will boost Australian mines of the future

  A Shorten Labor Government will boost Australia’s potential as a resource powerhouse and battery production superpower by investing $75 million in developing the future mining of resources such as lithium.   We want to ensure Australian mines are powering the commodities... read more...


Labor will deliver on new infrastructure for Townsville

  A Shorten Labor Government will inject a further $244 million into Townsville as part of our major infrastructure commitment to North Queensland.   Labor will invest $100 million to upgrade the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line.   Currently, the line does not have... read more...


Northen Australia Development Fund to unlock the economic potential of our great north

BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG   JASON CLARE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND... read more...


Labor will invest in Motorsports in Queensland's North.

JASON CLARE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND   CATHY O’TOOLE MP MEMBER FOR HERBERT   BELINDA HASSAN LABOR CANDIDATE FOR DAWSON   LABOR WILL INVEST IN MOTORSPORTS IN QUEENSLAND’S NORTH... read more...


Federal Labor announces full funding for Bowen Hospital CT scanner

A Shorten Labor Government will fully fund the $9.6 million required for a CT scanner and a purpose-built room at the Bowen Hospital. The Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Jason Clare, joined Labor’s candidate for Dawson, Belinda Hassan, in Bowen to make... read more...


Canavan must intervene in NAIF

CANAVAN MUST INTERVENE IN NAIF   Today’s Auditor General report confirms what many have suspected - the NAIF is not working for Northern Australia.   The internal governance issues identified in the report are especially concerning given half the board are LNP donors.   The... read more...


Signing of Hong Kong - Australia Free Trade Agreement

Today’s signing of the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement is welcome news.   While Australia’s trade with Hong Kong is already tariff-free, this agreement will establish new rules that will help Australian companies exporting to Hong Kong, especially those in wine and... read more...


More than $11.5M of taxpayers’ money up in smoke even after winning ISDS case against tobacco giant

  Australian taxpayers have been left more than $11.5 million out of pocket following tobacco giant Phillip Morris’ unsuccessful legal action against Australia’s plain packaging laws. The tobacco giant sued Australia using an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)... read more...