Good riddance Turnbull, a PM of massive wealth and ego who left office without much record of accomplishment. Remember when the Libs scoffed as Labor tore itself apart?
Australian voters tend to accept difference and change better than the politicians they voted for, judging by a recent report released by the Australian National University.
Hans Lovejoy Anyone who doubts the influence of think tanks needs only to consider Tony Abbott’s short tenure as prime minister (2013–2015). Most of his initiatives were derived directly from a legislative wish-list drawn up by right-wing Liberal think tank,... Read More →
Malcolm Turnbull has ended the year in a morass of negatives, and we’re not just talking about economic growth, consumer confidence and employment statistics, dire as they are.
'In many parts of the world constituted by trade union officials,' declared Dyson Heydon, 'there is room for louts, thugs, bullies, thieves, perjurers, those who threaten violence...' But the same strictures apply to the business community and even to Heydon’s own legal profession. Mungo MacCallum
So the great national conversation on tax reform has begun, and, it would appear, ended. An executive summary: G’day. Let’s have conversation about tax. What do you think about a few reforms to the GST? Piss off, hairy legs.
The Australian Council of Social Service issued a call this week to the federal parliament to reject the plan to lower the indexation of pensions that would severely impact upon all pensioners.
Labor has voted with the Liberals and Nationals to block a Senate motion that detailed their failure to return all the political donations that they have received from the CSG company Santos. The motion also called for a ban on political donations from mining and coal seam gas companies.
The federal government must start planning how it is going to retire the most polluting and outdated coal plants and replace them with clean energy, the Australian Conservation Foundation concludes in a new report looking at the country’s biggest polluters.... Read More →
Vince Kean, Murwillumbah. Ken Nicholson objects to being called a ‘leaner’. Of course you are not a ‘leaner’ Ken in fact you are a ‘lifter’ and a heavy weight one at that
Tony Abbott’s Renewable Energy Target review panel appears destined to do what it was created to do, to recommend closure of Australia’s last significant climate and clean energy scheme to new entrants.
Tony Abbott has managed to unload his unpopular plan to scrap Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, but his metadata proposal has unleashed a debate that could be almost as damaging and probably not worth the effort anyway.
The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the federal government to embrace the capacity that civil society brings to public policy debate. In the aftermath of a divisive federal budget, ACOSS is bringing together civil society groups to... Read More →
Last week's federal budget is more of a discussion starter than the final word when it comes to policy change in this term of government.
Cathy Alexander, Crikey deputy editor As Tony Abbott’s government prepares to hand down its first budget next month, there are surprise plans for a new ‘deficit tax’ or levy, plus cuts to welfare payments for families earning over $100,000. Neither... Read More →
Greens NSW MP and marine environment spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has called on the premier Mike Baird to immediately revoke the amnesty on fishing in marine park sanctuary zones, saying that every day a decision is delayed further undermines... Read More →
Paul Spooner, Byron Shire councillor. There is a crisis of uncertainty in the charity and not-for-profit sector in Australia. It is being instigated by the Abbott federal government.
The National Parks Australia Council (NPAC) says it is extremely concerned that PM Tony Abbott ‘so readily disregards the true value of national parks’. The NPAC was responding to Mr Abbott’s comments to a timber industry dinner in Canberra last... Read More →
Foreign minister Julie Bishop has revealed she shared a delightful evening meal with her Chinese counterpart after his public rebuke last year. Ms Bishop was upbraided by Wang Yi during a press conference in Beijing in December. The foreign minister... Read More →
The Australian Council of Social Service is calling on the federal government to put people and the community ahead of vested interest groups and make tackling poverty a priority in its economic statement due in the coming days. ‘While the... Read More →