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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

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...


Perth to host Australia's Future Mines Centre

A Shorten Labor Government will make Perth the home base for the Australian Future Mines centre, establishing WA as the centre of kick-starting the discovery of new mines across the country. Future mining opportunities will generate new jobs and provide a much needed... read more...


Canavan split a test for PM

Matt Canavan’s split from Scott Morrison in calling for new coal fired power stations is a breach of Cabinet solidarity and is further evidence of the Government’s irreconcilable divisions. This is a test of Scott Morrison’s authority - who is setting policy, the Prime... read more...


LNP chaos and disunity leads to renewed privitisation push in Qld

 In today’s Courier Mail it was revealed that six Queensland LNP Members support plans to privatise Queensland’s electricity generators.   In a move that would make former Queensland Premier Newman blush, the six MPs bizarrely wrote to their own Nationals Party Leader and... read more...


Signing of Australia Indonesia FTA

THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS AND ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG   SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS SENATOR FOR SOUTH... read more...


How much has Queensland got so far from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility?

 HOW MUCH HAS QUEENSLAND GOT SO FAR FROM THE NORTHERN AUSTRALIA INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY?   The answer is zero.  Last week in Senate Estimates it was revealed that the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility still hasn’t delivered one cent to Queensland. The NAIF was... read more...


Strong future for Boyne Smelter

STRONG FUTURE FOR BOYNE SMELTER   The Boyne Smelter is a critical part of Australia’s economy and one of our great exporters. It’s produced millions of tonnes of world-class aluminium over the last three decades and employs over a thousand Gladstone locals. Boyne... read more...


Labor commits to extra overtaking lanes on Capricorn Highway

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $15 million to build up to six new overtaking lanes on the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere and Emerald to boost productivity and improve road safety. The Capricorn Highway is Central Queensland’s principal east-west freight corridor... read more...


Coalition too hopeless to deliver Northern Queensland road upgrades

THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, CITIES AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM THE HON JASON CLARE SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA   COALITION TOO HOPELESS TO DELIVER NORTHERN QUEENSLAND ROAD... read more...