Latest Australian politics and government policy articles

September 2017

PM’s confidence in ‘judicial activism’ not shared by all – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

It is no small irony that conservative politicians have in the past been the most vigorous critics of the High Court for “judicial activism” – most frequently National Party politicians in relation to the Court’s Mabo decision.

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

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Key dates for the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Dual citizenship – High Court dates

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

10, 11 and 12 October.

New IT procurement guidelines to support smaller businesses – September 2017

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

The Commonwealth Government has announced significant changes to the way businesses can sell IT services to the Government.

Health Department head to retire – September 2017

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

Health Department secretary Martin Bowles has told the Government that he will leave the position on September 1.

Government seeks alternative narratives – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls,

With the possibility that the citizenship issue could hang over several Coalition members for months, and polls indicating no improvement in the Government’s standing with voters, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not need more bad news.

Troubled Coalition maintains campaign against ‘Red’ Shorten – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Labor leader Bill Shorten finds himself the prime target of the Coalition’s efforts to revive its standing with voters after 18 consecutive Newspoll surveys found it to be in losing position.

Opinion Poll Overview – September 2017

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

The latest Poll Bludger BludgerTrack was published on Saturday 26 August. It showed Labor leading 54.0 to 46.0 per cent on the two-party preferred vote.

Newspoll – September 2017

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

Labor has further increased its lead over the Coalition to 54 to 46 per cent on the two party preferred vote, after having been stuck at a lead of 53 to 47 per cent in the six previous Newspolls.

Essential Research – September 2017

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

The latest Essential Poll published Tuesday 29 August had Labor leading the Coalition by 53 to 47 per cent on the two-party preferred measure.

YouGov-Fifty Acres Poll – September 2017

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

YouGov-Fifty Acres has published its fourth fortnightly Australian voting intentions poll showing the Coalition leading Labor by 51 to 49 per cent in the two-party preferred poll, from 50 per cent each in the previous poll two weeks earlier.

ReachTEL – September 2017

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

Poll Bludger reported on 24 August that “Sky News reports its latest monthly ReachTEL poll has Labor with a 52-48 lead on respondent-allocated preferences, up from 51-49 a month ago.”

Fairfax-Ipsos poll – September 2017

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

The most recent Fairfax-Ipsos poll was published on 15 May. Details were published in previous editions of Inside Publishers Federal Political Briefing.

Online Betting Odds – Next Federal Election Result – September 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.

Dual nationality problems to remain until at least October – September 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC has told the High Court at a directions hearing that there was a “clear demarcation line” between politicians who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.

Increased powers proposed for APRA in financial crises – September 2017

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

The federal Government has released draft legislation to overhaul the powers of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) during times of financial crisis.

New crackdown on asylum seeker support – September 2017

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

The federal Government is withdrawing welfare support from some asylum seekers who were brought to Australia for medical treatment.

PNG demands negotiation over future of Manus Island asylum seekers – September 2017

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

The new Government of Papua New Guinea has told Australia it cannot shut down the Manus Island detention centre and leave asylum seekers in PNG at the end of October.

New policy on crowd security – September 2017

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has released a strategy paper on strengthening security at venues where crowds are likely to gather.

Government takes first steps towards Intellectual Property reform – September 2017

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

The Commonwealth Government has released its response to the review of Australia’s intellectual property arrangements and begun a consultation process on proposed changes.

Governments and industry asked to nominate infrastructure priorities for 2018 – September 2017

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

Infrastructure Australia is calling on Australian governments and industry leaders to identify infrastructure problems and opportunities of national significance as part of its 2018 Infrastructure Priority List (IPL) update.

New agricultural export legislation released for public consultation – September 2017

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

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says exporters in new and emerging industries and those in established ones will benefit from simplified agricultural export legislation, released for public consultation, making the regulations easier to follow to save exporters time and money.

Minister claims success for new work and holiday visa – September 2017

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

Tourism Minister Steve Ciobo says Australia’s new work and holiday visa, which commenced on 1 August has had an “overwhelmingly positive” response.

Drug tests for welfare beneficiaries part of broader welfare changes – September 2017

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

A Senate committee is inquiring into proposed Government changes to limit welfare payments, including the proposed trial of drug testing of welfare recipients at three locations.

GP bulk billing increases – September 2017

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

Health Minister Greg Hunt says that GP bulk billing rates for the 2016-17 financial year increased to 85.7 per cent compared to 85.1 per cent in 2015-16.

ISP’s key role in cyber security, says Government – September 2017

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

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan says government and the private sector must continue working together to improve Australia’s cyber security.

August 2017

Review of Australian children’s screen content announced – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Media,

The Federal Government has announced a review of Australian children’s screen content to develop policy settings to ensure Australian screen content continues to be available at home and overseas, regardless of platform.

Inspiring mockery – a sure sign of a Government in trouble – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Nothing is more dangerous for a government than to inspire mockery – rather than support or criticism.

Coalition seeks diversion with laughable ‘conspiracy’ claims – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

With the Government’s survival potentially at risk over the Constitution’s dual citizenship prohibition, the level of political rhetoric has reached almost farcical levels, with the Prime Minister and his Foreign Minister accusing Labor of “conspiring with a foreign power” to bring down the Coalition.

Troubled Coalition labels Shorten the ‘most dangerous left-wing leader in generations’ – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

With campaigning for the same-sex marriage survey barely under way, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ramped up his attacks on Labor leader Bill Shorten, labelling him the “most dangerous left-wing leader” in generations.

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