The Greens have said the re-run West Australian senate election will be a referendum on the carbon and mining taxes
The Labor Opposition is on edge about the likely fallout from the fraud conviction of its former member Craig Thomson
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been getting some bad news lately – not least from the opinion polls.
The impasse over last year’s Senate election in Western Australia has been resolved in the manner widely expected but least favourable for the Abbott Government.
The outcome of the West Australian Senate election will be crucial to the Abbott Government’s legislative program.
WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam re-election chances remain alive after the Australian Electoral Commission agreed on appeal on Thursday to a recount of the state’s senate votes, after earlier refusing a recount.
As the Labor Party’s leadership race neared the finish line, nobody was predicting the likely outcome with any confidence.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a confident and competent entry to the international stage, though not without some awkward moments.
Clive Palmer has again grabbed the political spotlight by crafting a deal with the Motoring Enthusiasts Party’s Ricky Muir, forming a four-person Senate voting bloc which promises challenges for the Abbott Government in passing legislation
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has committed to reforming the aged care sector before the next election, after the Productivity Commission recommended significant changes for the sector, including a Government-backed loans and savings scheme so people do not have to sell their homes to move into residential care.
In its preliminary report on Fund Governance the Superannuation System Review Panel summarised its general approach to the industry and issues of regulations as: “while parts of Australia’s superannuation industry are highly competitive and close to (or at) global best practice, competition has failed to deliver best practice in other parts of the industry. It is important to find a balance between allowing market forces to deliver competitive and innovative outcomes in areas where that works, and using regulatory shaping where markets have been less effective.”
The Government will deliver its free superannuation clearing house service for small business through Medicare Australia.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have issued a warning regarding multiple errors affecting Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) returns for 2007-08, and which could affect 2008-09 returns.
The Government has announced the reappointment of five part-time members of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal.