Media Releases

SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020

Warren & Finn - Media Release - Government refusing to hand over funding for childcare

Councils are still waiting for the Berejiklian Government to deliver on its $82 million council childcare centre package. Click here to download.

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2020

Secord & Mookhey - Media Release - New real estate and action rules

NSW Labor gave its cautious support to allowing real estate agents and vendors – for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown - to hold traditional property inspections and on-site auctions this weekend. Click here to download.

Kate Washington MP - Media Release - Barilaro Brumby Bill discredited in Federal Court

A Federal Court ruling has left Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s signature piece of legislation, the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018, on rocky ground. Click here to download.

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release - Government must release COV-19 recovery roadmap

Labor is reiterating its call for the Berejiklian Government to release a COVID-19 roadmap to recovery for NSW that would include specific benchmarks for the easing of restrictions and re-opening of businesses. Click here to download.

FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020  

Jenny Aitchison MP - Media Release - NSW Labor renews calls for tourism recovery plan

As Destination NSW prepares to welcome a new CEO today, NSW Labor has renewed calls for an official recovery plan to help regional communities survive amid a tourism crisis.   Click here to download. 

 

THURSDAY 7 MAY 2020

Graham & Veitch - Media Release - Government must prioritise local road maintenance

Labor has today called on the Berejiklian Liberal National Government to speed up the delivery of local road maintenance projects as a part of its stimulus. Click here to download.

Lynda Voltz MP - Media Release - Government setting up for a fail on ANZ Stadium

While the Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee, is spruiking construction work at the Sydney Football Stadium, time is quickly running out for the NSW Government to meet its schedule for ANZ Stadium. Click here to download.

Greg Warren MP - Media Release - Heartless government puts families in the firing line

Communities already reeling from bushfires, the drought and COVID-19, could now face the prospect of being hit with inflated rate notices from their local council. Click here to download.

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY 2020

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Berejiklian must sack National Ministers

The NSW Labor Opposition has called on Gladys Berejiklian to sack Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Transport Minister Andrew Constance after both Ministers abandoned their posts as senior members of the NSW Government in a time of unprecedented health and economic crisis to try and advance their own political careers. Click here to download.

MONDAY 4 MAY 2020

Park & Searle - Media Release - Government in chaos

Labor says the Berejiklian Government is in chaos as NSW Parliament prepares to meet next Tuesday for the first time in seven weeks, without an agenda, without any legislation, and with the Government’s Parliamentary manager Andrew Constance preparing to resign. Click here to download.

 

Prue Car MP - Media Release - Berejiklian schools doublethink-backflip

Gladys Berejiklian has attempted to rewrite history after today claiming she’d been pushing for an expedited return of year 12 students all along, despite spending weeks confusing parents and students with talk of rosters. Click here to download.

Secord & Mookhey - Media Release - Perrottet must release economic statement

With NSW Parliament resuming on May 12, NSW Labor has called on State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to provide a full economic ministerial statement – rather than making the community wait until the delayed October budget. Click here to download.

 

Park & Searle - Media Release - Time's up

As schools return, people in NSW begin returning to work and restrictions on socialising are eased, Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to put the NSW Parliament back to work on a regular basis. Click here to download.

SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020

McKay & Park - Media Release - Hazzard must take charge

NSW Labor has called on Health Minister Brad Hazzard to use his powers under the Public Health Act to take control of the COVID-19 crisis at Newmarch House. Click here to download.

SATURDAY 2 MAY 2020

Secord & Mookhey - Media Release - 'Be bold' and reform payroll tax too

NSW Labor today urged the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrettot to be “bold” in a post-COVID recovery plan – and take the opportunity to reform both stamp duty and payroll tax. Click here to download.

FRIDAY 1 MAY 2020

Adam Searle MLC - Media Release - Labor: remove constraints so renewables can massively reduce power bills

NSW Labor has welcomed a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator which states that, with some changes, the electricity system could safely operate with up to 75 per cent renewable energy by 2025 and even higher levels of renewables after that time. Click here to download.

McKay Veitch, Mookhey & Barr - Media Release - Support for international students

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay is calling on the Berejiklian Government to support international students in NSW as a crucial plank in helping the State’s economy survive the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Community deserves transparency from Berejiklian Government

Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to make public its plan for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Click here to download.

 

Park & Moriarty - Media Release - NSW Labor demands Eurobodalla hospital be fast tracked

The NSW Labor Opposition has renewed calls for the new Eurobodalla Hospital to be fast tracked, in a bid to both boost the economy and address a serious gap in health services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download.

THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2020

​​Chris Minns MP - Media Release - Rydalmere station cancellation a blow to entire community

The Berejiklian Government has dashed the hopes of a large swathe of Sydney residents by  announcing today it will scrap a proposed Rydalmere station in the new Metro West rail project, reducing to just two the number of Western Sydney stops on the line. Click here to download.

Yasmin Catley MP - Media Release - Building report highlights need for urgent legislation

A damning report released by an ongoing Parliamentary Inquiry into the embattled building sector has highlighted the need for urgent regulatory reform. Click here to download.

 

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - COVID-19 fines should be given to charity

The NSW Opposition has written to the Premier asking to have the revenue collected from fines handed out for breaches of social distancing rules to be given to charities supporting individuals and families who are doing it tough as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download.

WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL 2020

Jodi Harrison MP - Media Release - Childcare centre COVID-19 protocols must be out in place

Labor is calling for immediate and clear protocols for infection controls in early childhood learning centres, with today's announcement of a four-year-old having COVID-19 making the issue even more critical. Click here to download.

McKay & Park - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must take control of Newmarch House

The NSW Labor Opposition has called on NSW Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard to take control of the crisis in NSW aged care facilities caused by COVID-19 after 4 residents of Newmarch House passed away over the past 24 hours. Click here to download.

 

Chris Minns MP - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must ensure PPE for transport workers

Labor has called on the Berejiklian Government to ensure staff on our State’s public transport network have access to much needed PPE to keep them safe from potential COVID-19 exposure. Click here to download.

​​​TUESDAY 28 APRIL 2020

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release - Labor welcomes Andrew Constance's backflip

Labor has welcomed Transport Minister Andrew Constance’s stunning announcement that the Berejiklian Government would return to building transport infrastructure onshore in NSW. Click here to download.

McKay & Park - Media Release - Labor welcomes easing of restrictions

The NSW Labor Opposition welcomes today’s announcement from the NSW Government of a minor ease of restrictions on gatherings in people’s homes but has called for greater consistency around the use of children’s playgrounds. Click here to download.

Greg Warren MP - Media Release - Minister's political power play is unwarranted and inappropriate

The Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, has indicated she intends to strip a council of its democratic right due to a difference of opinion. Click here to download.

MONDAY 27 APRIL 2020

Park & Searle - Berejiklian Government must put NSW Parliament back to work

Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to put the NSW Parliament back to work, and establish a timetable to permanently reinstate parliamentary sittings. Click here to download.

John Graham MLC & Mick Veitch MLC - Media Release - NSW Labor calls for three month discount on next car registration cycle

NSW Labor has called for the Government to provide a three month discount on the next vehicle registration cycle as more people stay at home during coronavirus lockdowns. Click here to download.

SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2020

Greg Warren MP - Media Release - Berejiklian Government's Local Government Stimulus Package too late for many NSW Councils

The NSW Labor Opposition has branded the Berejiklian Government’s $350 million Local Government stimulus package as being too late for many NSW Councils after weeks of uncertainty for local governments and local government workers. Click here to download.

Adam Searle MLC - Media Release - Renewable ramp-up

NSW Labor has welcomed the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to grow renewable energy but called for clear targets and timelines to achieve this. Click here to download.

SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2020

Prue Car MP - Media Release - HSC in turmoil

NSW Labor is urging the Berejiklian Government to end the confusion for Year 12 students who are worried about their HSC prospects as schools slowly resume regular lessons. Click here to download.

FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2020

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release - Commemoration of ANZAC Day

Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, a day on which for more than a century Australians from all walks of life have gathered to pay tribute and remember the men and women who served Australia in our armed forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Click here to download.

Clayton Barr - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must do more to help stranded international students

NSW Labor has called on the Berejiklian Government to step up and offer assistance to stranded university students across New South Wales. Click here to download.

THURSDAY 23 APRIL 2020

Tara Moriarty MLC - Media Release - Labor welcomes mental health support package but demands this support must continue

NSW Labor welcomes the mental health support package announced by the NSW Government today including an additional 180 new mental health clinicians to support the community during the the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must answer slew of questions on handing of COVID19 pandemic

NSW Labor Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park has said that the Berejiklian Government is faced with a slew of questions to answer over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download.

Julia Finn MP - Media Release - Why is there one rule for business tenants and one rule for residential tenants?

Labor is calling on the NSW Government to make clear what the rules are for residential landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 crisis in the wake of a confusing interview with the Treasurer on ABC Radio Sydney Breakfast this morning where he admitted the situation for renters is “pretty messy.” Click here to download.

WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL 2020

Sharpe & Haylen - Media Release - Aged care residents and staff in NSW need urgent protection from COVID19

NSW Labor has called for the Berejiklian Government to work urgently with the Morrison Government and implement strong measures to protect 61,000 aged care residents and essential staff. Click here to download.
 

Park & Veitch - Media Release - Border Bans

NSW Labor has asked the South Australian Government to immediately reinstate the previous travel exemption for health professionals after tighter restrictions left the outback town of Broken Hill without access to medical specialists. Click here to download.
 

TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2020

Harris & Warren - Media Release - NSW Labor calls for targeted package to support regional council run airports

NSW Labor has urged the Liberal-National Government to commit to economic assistance for regional NSW Councils moving forward, to ensure long term viability of Council operated Airports, post COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download.

Greg Warren MP - Media Release - NSW Labor sets challenge to break ratings record for Anzac Day 2020

Labor has issued a challenge to NSW to break television viewership records by tuning into ABC at 5:30am on Saturday, April 25 for the Anzac Day commemorative service at the Australian War Memorial. Click here to download.

 

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release - Ruby Princess must not sail until all crew members are well

The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the NSW Government to let the Ruby Princess stay on Australian shores until every single member of the crew is either well or repatriated to their home countries. Click here to download.

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release - Senior High School students must be first to return

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has today called for Year 11 and Year 12 students to be the first to go back to school in term 2 as NSW recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download.

SUNDAY 19 APRIL 2020

McKay & Park - Media Release - Labor welcomes fines for spitting and coughing on workers

Labor welcomes the extension of penalties for intentionally spitting and coughing on workers, to protect all essential services workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Berejiklian must deliver mass COVID19 testing

Labor is urging the Berejiklian Government to begin mass testing for COVID-19 in NSW, as the State’s testing criteria continues failing to account for asymptomatic cases and community transmissions. Click here to download.

SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2020 

Secord & O'Neill - Media Release - Labor urges government to be cautious on beach re-opening

NSW Labor has asked the Berejiklian Government to provide a timetable on the re-opening of Bondi Beach – one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots. Click here to download.
 

FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2020

Secord & Mookhey - Media Release - 99% of NSW small businesses missing out on grant assistance

NSW Labor says take up of the NSW Government’s $10,000 small business grant is ‘alarmingly low’, after the Premier this morning (April 17) revealed that only 2,500 NSW small businesses have accessed the scheme. Click here to download.

Sophie Cotsis MP - Media Release - NSW Government must explain use of citizens' mobile phone location data

Following a request by NSW Labor, the State’s Privacy Commissioner will examine the use of mobile phone location data obtained from Vodafone and potentially other telecommunications providers by the NSW Government. Click here to download.
 

Tara Moriarty MLC - Media Release - More must be done to support mental health and wellbeing of our community

Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to provide further funding to support the mental health and wellbeing of people in NSW during the current crisis. Click here to download.
 

Trish Doyle MP - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must extend bushfire inquiry submission deadline

Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to extend the bushfire inquiry submissions deadline. The submission period is set to close today, except for those in bushfire impacted areas. Click here to download.

THURSDAY 16 APRIL 2020

Scully & Secord - Media Release - Berejiklian and Barilaro caught out pretending to support regions during COVID19

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro have been caught out today re-announcing a $100 million fund for forestry, showgrounds and country courthouses as new stimulus money – trying to trick rural and regional communities. They were already announced in March. Click here to download.

Yasmin Catley MP - Media Release - Minister must give Mascot Towers residents interest-free loan

Mascot Towers residents have been handed a $53.5 million bill for remediation of their uninhabitable apartment building, with almost half the total bill, $21.5 million, paying off a high interest loan (7.7%) – the only loan the building owners were able to secure. Click here to download.

 

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Brad Hazzard must apologise for aged care worker slur

Labor Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park has called on Liberal Health Minister Brad Hazzard to apologise to an aged care worker who he publicly scapegoated after they tested positive for COVID-19. Click here to download.
 

WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2020​​​

McKay & Catley - Media Release - NSW supports special commission of inquiry

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has thrown her support behind a special commission of inquiry into the Ruby Princess cruise ship debacle. Click here to download.

Lynda Voltz MP - Media Release - Barilaro needs to focus on grassroots sports

The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the Berejiklian Government to prioritise assistance for grassroots sports across the state ahead of a return to competition by the NRL. Click here to download.

Greg Warren MP - Media Release - Thousands of jobs on the line as minister refuses to act

The Minister for Local Government’s failure to demand a better deal for the local government sector could destroy the livelihoods of thousands of people throughout the state. Click here to download.

TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2020

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Parliament kitchens to deliver meals for the most vulnerable

Around a thousand meals will be cooked every day out of the NSW Parliament kitchens to support those most vulnerable in the community in a move that has bipartisan support during these very difficult and challenging times. Click here to download. 

Yasmin Catley MP - Media Release - Health Minister admits COVID-cruise risk was well known

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard must end the Ruby Princess blame game by finally taking responsibility for the disastrous decision more than three weeks ago to rush passengers off the cruise death ship with no testing or quarantining, Labor Deputy Leader Yasmin Catley has declared. Click here to download.

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Calls for COVID-19 test criteria to be broadened

NSW Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to immediately expand testing to everyone reporting COVID-19 symptoms on the Central Coast and in Canterbury-Bankstown, Bayside, Georges River and the Sutherland Shire. Click here to download.

MONDAY 13 APRIL 2020

Finn, Mookhey & Secord - Media Release - Labor will seek to amend residential and commercial package

NSW Labor will seek to amend the Berejiklian Government’s residential and commercial rent package – when the NSW Parliament is recalled – saying it is “disappointing”, “modest” and “very complex” compared to Commonwealth assistance programs.

 

Graham & Cotsis - Media Release - Survival loans would allow entertainment, hospitality venues to access JobKeeper

Labor has called on the Berejiklian Government to extend survival loans of up to $250,000 to hospitality and entertainment businesses so they don’t miss out on the Federal Government’s JobKeeper payments.

SUNDAY 12 APRIL 2020

Paul Scully MP - Media Release - NSW Labor renews calls for forest recovery commissioner

NSW Labor has renewed calls for a Forest Recovery Commissioner to be appointed to help guide the industry’s recovery, in the wake of devastating fires and current COVID-19 pandemic.

Walt Secord MLC - Media Release - Ditch Powerhouse Deal

NSW Labor today called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to take the opportunity with the resignation of the Arts Minister Don Harwin to also scrap the $1.5 billion Powerhouse Museum move.

Park & Scully - Media Release - It's time to test everyone onboard

The latest test results from the cruise ship Ruby Princess reveal half the crew tested for COVID-19 have contracted the disease.

SATURDAY 11 APRIL 2020

 

McKay & Secord - Media Release - Premier: When you appoint a new arts Minister, ditch $1.5B Powerhouse Museum deal

​NSW Labor today called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to take the opportunity with the resignation of the Arts Minister Don Harwin to also scrap the $1.5 billion Powerhouse Museum move.

 

McKay & Searle - Media Release - Berejiklian Government must ease cost of Energy Bills

Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to increase and expand energy bill rebates, to support NSW households struggling with additional COVID-19 cost of living pressures.

FRIDAY 10 APRIL 2020

Park & Voltz - Media Release - Go further than fines for coughing and spitting on frontline workers

Labor is urging the Berejiklian Government to go further than issuing fines for people who intentionally spit or cough on frontline workers, and withhold bail.

Ryan Park MP - Media Release - Labor calls for more support for pharmacies

Pharmacies across NSW have been continuing to provide the community with the essential medicines and health products needed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers in pharmacies continue to come to work and serve the community in spite of the risks associated with COVID-19.

Walt Secord MLC - Media Release - Berejiklian must sack Harwin

NSW Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Arts Minister Walt Secord called on NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to sack Arts Minister Don Harwin – after he received a $1000 fine for breaching public health orders. 

THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2020

​Jodie Harrison MP - Media Release: Early Childhood Education needs COVID-19 control guidance

Following today's announcement that 260 council run early childhood education centres will receive funding to continue operating, Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to introduce clear virus control guidelines for childcare centres, to protect families and educators. Click here to download.

 

Prue Car MP - Media Release: Parents need clarity

On the last day of school for Term 2, NSW Labor is urging the Berejiklian Government to use the two week break to give parents and carers the support, training and resources they need to educate pupils at home. Click here to download.

McKay & Aitchison - Media Release: Easter Staycation

With Easter 2020 set to be unlike any other, NSW Labor has issued a plea to holidaymakers to support regional communities online as they stay at home. Click here to download.

Warren & Harrison - Media Release: Council-run Child Care on the Brink of extinction

Thousands of young children throughout the state could be denied the opportunity of childcare following a deliberate decision by the Federal Government to exclude council-run childcare centres from COVID-19 rescue packages. Click here to download.

 

Walt Secord MLC - Media Release: Don Harwin holidaying outside Sydney

NSW Labor has demanded NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian sack NSW Upper House leader and Arts Minister Don Harwin for defying her and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s repeated calls on Sydneysiders to remain here over Easter to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Click here to download.

WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL 2020

Secord & Mookhey - Media Release - NSW economy credit rating revision

NSW Labor today urged the Berejiklian Government to continue to support families and businesses – in the face of the international ratings agency S&P Global Ratings revising its outlook on the NSW economy and warning it could lower the State’s credit rating. Click here to download.

TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2020

Mookhey, Secord & Finn - Media Release: Relief for commercial tenants

NSW Labor is offering the Berejiklian Government in-principle support to quickly implement the National Cabinet’s new relief scheme for commercial tenants. Click here to download.

Julia Finn MP - Media Release: Renewing calls for immediate measures to protect tenants and provide certainty to landlords

NSW Labor has renewed calls for the Liberal-National Government to immediately implement measures, including an eviction moratorium, to protect tenants and provide certainty to landlords during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

 

SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2020

Sophie Cotsis MP- Media Release: Calling for extension of Driver licences and vehicle registrations

NSW Labor has called for all driver licences and vehicle registrations to be extended by at least three months to reduce the need for people to leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

Greg Warren MP - Media Release: Sacking of casuals must be reversed

Shadow Minister for Local Government Greg Warren has condemned a decision by the City of Sydney Council to cease paying hundreds of casual and part-time staff amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to download.

SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2020

Jodi McKay MP & Ryan Park MP - Media Release: Labor calling for Health Minister to resign

NSW Labor has called for Health Minister Brad Hazzard to stand down over the Berejiklian Government’s catastrophic failure to manage the COVID-19 crisis from the Ruby Princess cruise ship. Click here to download.

Julia Finn MP - Media Release: Renters and Landlords

NSW Labor has renewed calls for the Liberal-National Government to immediately implement measures to protect tenants and landlords during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to download.

John Graham MLC - Media Release: Action needed on Tolls

NSW Labor has today slammed Liberal Roads Minister Andrew Constance for failing to stand-up drivers and make a formal direction for tolls to be frozen. Click here to download.

FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020

Jodi McKay MP - Media Release: Ruby Princess

Shocking developments tonight have revealed that NSW Health approved the Ruby Princess to have all its passengers in Sydney two weeks ago despite warnings from the cruise ship's senior physician of serious illness on board. Click here to download

Jodi McKay MP & Jodie Harrison MP - Media Release: Preschools

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay has urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian to provide relief to state-funded preschools, which are struggling to stay open due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to download

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP - Media Statement: Religious Services, Easter Holidays, Commerical Tenancies, Childcare & Education, Local Government, Information on COVID-19

Australian governments met today as the National Cabinet to take further action to slow the spread of coronavirus to save lives, and to save livelihoods. Click here to download


 

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