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Government announces drought assistance package

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce have today announced details of the Abbott Government’s drought assistance package to support affected farmers.

There has been growing pressure on the Government to provide additional support as drought worsens in parts of rural Australia.  According to the Drought Statement issued by the Bureau of Meterology this month, most of Queensland and New South Wales inland of the Great … Read more »

Possible New WA Senate Election? – Decision by Court of Disputed Returns

The Court of Disputed Returns today handed down a decision in relation to the disputed result for the Western Australian Senate in the 2013 federal election.

The Court was asked by the Australian Electoral Commission to declare the poll for WA Senate positions void after 1,370 votes went missing between the initial vote and a recount. The recount result would have seen The Green’s Scott Ludlam and the Sporting Party’s … Read more »

Government announces review of Renewable Energy Target

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, today announced a review into the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (RET).

The RET, currently set at 41,000 gigawatt hours (GWh), has come under fire from industry in recent times for driving up the price of electricity.

The target was initially designed to reach 20% of total electricity use by 2020 … Read more »

Prime Minister announces Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that he will be recommending to the Governor-General the establishment of a Royal Commission to inquire into alleged financial irregularities associated with the affairs of trade unions.

In making the announcement this afternoon, Mr Abbott made clear the Royal Commission would not be an inquiry into the activities relating to trade unionism or the day to day activities of honest trade union officials.

Rather, … Read more »

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