Latest Australian politics and government policy articles

October 2017

Labor sidesteps Trump’s polarising for a new engagement with Asia – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Chris Bowen’s thoughtful speech to the Asia Society in Sydney on 29 September has helped start an important policy discussion about the future shape of Australia’s engagement with Asia.

Productivity Commission proposes changing benchmark for GST distribution – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

A draft report from the Productivity Commission says the formula for distributing the GST needs updating to deal with “extreme circumstances”, but should not discount mining revenue as urged by some resource-dependent states.

Abbott continues disruption as Government waits on High Court outcome – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

With Parliament scheduled to meet again on October 16, the Government waits anxiously for the High Court decisions on the dual nationality cases that could rob it of a majority in the House of Representatives.

Labor outlines ‘Asian engagement’ agenda – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Federal Labor has unveiled a wide-ranging new policy for engagement with Asia, moving away from “gradualism” to an agenda of a whole-of-government deepening and broadening of Australia’s approach to Asia.

Xenophon’s latest surprise: Quitting Senate for SA state tilt – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections,

Senator Nick Xenophon has revealed he will quit the Senate to run in the South Australian state election early next year.

Opinion Poll Overview – October 2017

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

The latest Poll Bludger BludgerTrack was published on Saturday 7 October. It showed Labor leading 53.9 to 46.1 per cent on the two-party preferred vote.

Newspoll – October 2017

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

Newspoll’s two-party preferred result is continuing to move in a narrow range.

Essential Research – October 2017

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

The latest Essential Poll published Tuesday 10 October had Labor leading the Coalition by 54 to 46 per cent on the two-party preferred measure, unchanged from the previous week, and from 53 to 47 per cent two weeks earlier and 54 to 46 per cent four weeks earlier.

Fairfax-Ipsos poll – October 2017

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

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll was published Monday 11 September and conducted 6 to 9 September. Details were first published in INSIDE PUBLISHERS Federal Political Briefing on 15 September 2017.

YouGov-Fifty Acres Poll – October 2017

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

YouGov-Fifty Acres fortnightly Australian voting intentions poll showed the Coalition leading 51 to 49 per cent in the two-party preferred poll, from 50 per cent each in the previous poll.

Online Betting Odds – Next Federal Election Result – October 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 agreement with gas companies on domestic gas supplies. – October 2017

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

After the latest meeting between the federal Government and the heads of the three big east coast gas exporters, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the companies have given commitments to ensure that the east coast gas market will be supplied.

COAG agrees on enhanced biometric data exchange – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, National Security,

A special meeting of the Council of Australian Governments has agreed on a series of measures aimed at strengthening national security.

Government looking at reforms to address ‘phoenixing’ – October 2017

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

The Productivity Commission has published a consultation paper for its inquiry into “phoenixing” – the practice of stripping and transferring assets from one company to another to avoid paying liabilities.

Legislation proposed to prevent abuse of Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme – October 2017

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

The federal Government intends to legislate to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

New drugs listed on PBS – October 2017

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

Health Minister Greg Hunt says subsidies and price reductions for more than 1,400 medications came into effect from October 1.

Review into regional, rural and remote education gathering information – October 2017

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

Public forums have been held in Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory to hear from key stakeholders and members of the public about the challenges faced by students living in regional, rural and remote areas.

Gun amnesty nets 50,000 firearms – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the three-month National Firearms Amnesty, which ended on September 30, led to more than 50,000 firearms being handed in across Australia.

Government to move on illegal logging imports – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Trade and industry, Trade,

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston says Australia’s illegal logging laws are being improved to reduce compliance costs for timber importers and processors.

Upgrades for Collins submarines announced – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Government has announced two projects to sustain the capability superiority of the Collins Class submarine fleet until its replacement.

Government progresses plans for national online digital identity – October 2017

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

The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.

Government reaffirms support for displaced Toyota employees – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Business,

The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne.

Government backs app for safer car choices – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, IT,

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

Dual citizenship – High Court dates – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Dual citizenship – High Court dates

Turnbull wins with gas producers as Tony Abbott maintains pressure – October 2017

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to nag the major gas suppliers about shortages on the east coast but finds himself under growing pressure to act rather than talk.

Gas agreement a small but important step on long road to energy security – October 2017

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

By general consensus the Government’s meeting with the major gas producers last week has averted an immediate crisis of a major gas shortage in 2018 and 2019.

Same-sex marriage postal survey: Key dates – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Same-sex marriage postal survey: Key dates

Key dates for the same-sex marriage postal survey – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Key dates for the same-sex marriage postal survey

Dual citizenship – High Court dates – 3 October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Dual citizenship – High Court dates

Labor highlights bipartisanship over North Korea – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

With Parliament in recess until October 16, Labor leader Bill Shorten seized the opportunity to demonstrate bipartisanship with the Government on the question of North Korea.

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