Latest Australian politics and government policy articles

May 2017

Budget 2017 – The big political sea change – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

The overwhelming public and media reaction to this week’s Budget has been one of surprise – and mostly, of relief. Headlines such as ‘reset” and ‘fresh start’ have predominated.

Senator’s baby makes history – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

Alia Joy is just weeks old but she’s already made Australian political history.

Senate composition – updated 3 May 2017 – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

An election for all Senate seats was held on 2 July 2016 after the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May.

New Commonwealth Ombudsman appointed – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The federal Government has announced the appointment of Michael Manthorpe as the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Commentators point to Budget ‘reset’ – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Opinion Polls, Social and Community,

The Budget has been widely interpreted as a turning point for the Coalition and a Prime Minister bedevilled by consistently poor opinion polls.

Shorten says, ‘That’s not fairness, this is fairness’ – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

Labor’s response to the Budget has maintained the theme of fairness, saying the Government’s revenue measures were simply aimed at improving the bottom line.

Opinion Poll Overview – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Pol Bludger BludgerTrack national poll aggregation was published on Saturday 6 May, before the Budget. Poll Bludger’s William Bowe wrote the “poll aggregation records a slight trend in favour of the Coalition ahead of Tuesday’s budget.”

Essential Research – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Essential Poll published Tuesday 9 May (the day of the Budget) had Labor leading the Coalition by 54 to 46 per cent on the two-party preferred measure, up from 53 to 47 per cent the previous week.

Galaxy Research – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Galaxy poll on Federal votingntentions of Queensland voters was conducted April 26 and 27 – just days after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a crackdown on overseas workers.

Newspoll – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Newspoll was published by The Australian on Monday 24 April and reported in the last edition of Inside Publishers Federal Political Briefing.

Fairfax-Ipsos poll – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll (and the first Fairfax-Ipsos since November) was published on Monday 27 March. Details of the poll appeared in previous editions of Inside Publishers Federal Political Briefing.

Online Betting Odds – Next Federal Election Result – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

Since the Federal election Centrebet has been taken over by betting agency William Hill, whose odds have replaced Centrebet odds below.

Government to take on Western Sydney Airport development – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The federal Government has confirmed that it will build Western Sydney Airport.

Government announces new Gonski-based school funding plan – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has announced a new needs-based schools funding system, and increased investment.

New universities reform package scraps fee deregulation – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Financial Regulation, Employment and Education, Education, Politics,

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Government will seek to drive better outcomes for both students and taxpayers as part of its latest suite of higher education reforms.

BHP overseas takeover vetoed by Treasurer – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Investment,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has vetoed a proposal that BHP Billiton be delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) as part of an extensive restructuring.

Government announces proposed media regulation reforms – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Media, Trade and industry,

The Turnbull Government has announced its long-awaited media industry reforms, saying they will improve the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector, support the creation of high quality Australian content and modernise broadcasting and content regulation.

Government announces $20 billion rail program – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

The federal Government has committed to a $20 billion investment in rail projects in this year’s Budget.

Productivity Commission to examine GST distribution – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has directed the Productivity Commission to examine the impact on the economy of the system that underpins the distribution of GST revenue to the States and Territories.

Consultation opened on draft regulations for ASIC industry funding – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Finance, Financial Regulation, Trade and industry, Regulation,

The federal Government has released draft regulations on the operation of the industry funding model for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Government says renewable energy target ‘within sight’ – May 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Trade and industry, Energy,

A report released by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) detailing Australia’s progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target reveals record high investment in renewables in 2016.

Budget Overview and Economic outlook – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

As foreshadowed by Treasurer Scott Morrison the week before the Budget this year’s Budget highlights the net operating balance alongside the underlying cash balance to reflect those Government payments which contribute to recurrent expenditure.

Company and business taxation – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The Budget extends the 2015-16 Budget measure expanding accelerated depreciation for small businesses by 12 months to 30 June 2018 for businesses with aggregated annual turnover less than $10 million.

Personal Taxation – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The Budget will raise $8.2 billion over the four year Forward Estimates by increasing the existing Medicare levy across all incomes.

Superannuation – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Superannuation, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The Government will encourage older Australians to free up housing stock by enabling downsizers over the age of 65 to make a non-concessional contribution of up to $300,000 into their superannuation fund from the proceeds of the sale of their principal home.

Aged care – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Aged Care,

The Budget says that overall, the principal driver of growth over the forward estimates for assistance to the aged is income support for seniors, which is estimated to grow by 0.1 per cent in real terms from 2016-17 to 2017-18, and by 7.7 per cent in real terms from 2017-18 to 2020-21, reflecting demographic changes.

Housing affordability – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

The Government announced the capital gains tax discount for investments in affordable housing will increase to 60 per cent.

Welfare benefits, employment programs and pensions – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Social Services,

The Government will consolidate seven working age payments into a single Jobseeker payment.

Health and Medicare – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Budget, Social and Community, Health,

The Budget will raise $8.2 billion over the four year Forward Estimates by increasing the existing Medicare levy across all incomes.

April 2017

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election

Filed under: Politics, Legislation,

Progress of selected bills introduced since the July 2016 election

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