Latest Australian politics and government policy articles

June 2017

The rise of protest politics – by the Grattan Institute’s John Daley – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

The rise of minor parties in Australia and internationally is an increasingly important political phenomena which political scientists and analysts struggle to explain.

The Grattan Institute – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

The following is an edited version of the Grattan Institute entry in Wikipedia.

Senate passes Government’s education reforms after changes satisfy cross-bench – June 2017

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

After another marathon sitting on the eve of the winter recess, Parliament has passed the revamped Gonski schools funding package.

Government scores big win as Gonski 2.0 passes but Catholic opposition remains – June 2017

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

As Parliament rose for the winter recess Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition were celebrating their biggest success since the election – passage of the legislation to implement their new version of the schools funding scheme, now known as Gonski 2.0.

Turnbull ministers avoid contempt after apologising – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics,

Three federal Government ministers – all of them lawyers – have avoided contempt charges after apologising for comments about “weak” terrorism sentencing in Victoria.

Labor to oppose citizenship change, continues to debate Adani – June 2017

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

The Government’s proposed changes to the Australian citizenship test provoked lively debate in the ranks of the Labor Opposition, leading eventually to a unanimous decision to oppose the entire package.

Opinion Poll Overview – June 2017

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

The latest Poll Bludger BludgerTrack national poll aggregation was published on Saturday 17 June.

Newspoll – June 2017

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

Three Newspolls out from the Budget the Government continues to trail Labor by 47 to 53 per cent, unchanged for all three polls since the 9 May Budget.

Essential Research – June 2017

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

The latest Essential Poll published Tuesday 20 June had Labor leading the Coalition by 52 to 48 per cent on the two-party preferred measure, unchanged from the previous week and two weeks earlier and from 54 to 46 per cent four weeks earlier.

Fairfax-Ipsos poll – June 2017

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

The latest 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 – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Budget, Opinion Polls,

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

Review of tax deductible gift arrangements could hit environmental groups – June 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics,

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has released a discussion paper outlining a number of proposals aimed at strengthening governance arrangements for deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisations.

Productivity Commission warns on NDIS rollout plans – June 2017

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

The Productivity Commission has described the rollout schedule of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as “highly ambitious” and warned that it is compromising the quality of care being offered.

Government to launch study of offshore gas in south eastern Australia – June 2017

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

Resources Minister Matt Canavan says the federal Government will complete a study into offshore gas basins in southern Australia, as part of a $90 million investment in domestic gas security and supply.

Government rejects robo-debt shutdown report as “political’ – June 2017

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

The Senate inquiry into Centrelink’s controversial automated debt recovery system – widely known as ‘robo-debt’ – has called for the system to be suspended until its many flaws can be resolved.

Senate Committee to scrutinise aged care abuse – June 2017

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

The Senate has ordered an inquiry into aged care abuse and mistreatment.

New consultation on spectrum management framework – June 2017

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

The federal Government has released a consultation package on reforms to modernise and simplify Australia’s spectrum management framework.

Government continues funding for communications consumer representative – June 2017

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

The federal Government has announced a new funding agreement with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) to allow it to continue its work providing consumer representation.

Government funding for university cyber-security training – June 2017

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

The federal Government is seeking to boost Australia’s cyber security defences by up-skilling the domestic workforce to address a critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.

Citizenship changes rest on cross-bench as Labor decides to oppose – June 2017

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

Labor has decided to vote against the Government’s proposed changes to Australian citizenship requirements, denying there is any link between citizenship policy and national security, as claimed by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

New implementation plan for Murray Darling Basin – June 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has endorsed a plan agreed by Murray Darling Basin water ministers, outlining how the Basin Plan will be implemented.

Legislation for Regional Investment Corporation introduced – June 2017

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

The federal Government has introduced legislation to implement its election commitment to establish a $4 billion Regional Investment Corporation (RIC).

Legislation passed with technical updates to 2016 superannuation caps – June 2017

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

Legislation making detailed administrative changes to a number of superannuation reforms announced in the 2016 Budget, including the limit of $1.6 million on the balance transferred to the tax-free pension phase of all superannuation accounts, has passed Parliament.

Australia and New Zealand sign free trade agreement with opacific Island states – June 2017

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

The Australian Government has signed-off on a trade agreement that it says will help drive economic growth and raise living standards in our region.

Registration invited for Disability Employment Services providers – June 2017

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

The federal Government has released an industry information paper that provides essential information for those delivering Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018.

The battle for a workable energy policy – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the much anticipated presentation of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s final report on the national energy market to the COAG meeting in Hobart, there were signs that the major political parties were moving towards a possible breakthrough.

Two Government bodies back Low Emissions Target as second best option – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the final Finkel Report on the energy industry a new report says that wholesale electricity prices are above long-run costs because of policy uncertainty triggered by protracted political in-fighting about carbon pricing.

Government plans to allow ‘Green Bank’ to invest in coal CCS – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to allow investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Government publishes CSIRO Low Emissions Technology Roadmap – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has released the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap that was commissioned last year from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Government confirms opposition to EIS ahead of final Finkel energy report – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has again ruled out introducing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS), saying it would threaten the stability of the electricity sector.

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