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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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Nick Xenophon has revealed he will quit the Senate to run in the South Australian state election early next year.
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’s two-party preferred result is continuing to move in a narrow range.
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.
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 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.
Since the Federal election Centrebet has been taken over by betting agency William Hill, whose odds have replaced Centrebet odds below.
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.
A special meeting of the Council of Australian Governments has agreed on a series of measures aimed at strengthening national security.
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.
The federal Government intends to legislate to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says subsidies and price reductions for more than 1,400 medications came into effect from October 1.
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.
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.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston says Australia’s illegal logging laws are being improved to reduce compliance costs for timber importers and processors.
The Government has announced two projects to sustain the capability superiority of the Collins Class submarine fleet until its replacement.
The federal Government is asking industry for final feedback on a framework of standards for an opt-in digital identity for Australians.
The federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting workers affected by the cessation of Toyota’s automotive manufacturing operations in Melbourne.
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
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.
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
Key dates for the same-sex marriage postal survey
Dual citizenship – High Court dates
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.