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The Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, has delivered his Budget-in-Reply address in the House of Representatives.

In his address, Mr Shorten indicated that the Opposition intended opposing some of the Government’s key Budget initiatives including:

  • Changes to the Newstart allowance, which would require un-employed people under 30 years of age to wait six months before receiving benefits
  • The deregulation of the universities sector; and
  • New indexation 
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2014-15 Budget

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered the Coalition’s first budget, with the message that the budget is building a stronger Australia.  This budget is the most important for the long-term success and legacy of an Abbott Government and will give the Australian community its first substantial sense of the principles and character of the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

A core commitment of the Coalition in the lead-up to last … Read more »

Government releases Commission of Audit report

Treasurer Joe Hockey has released the National Commission of Audit, the first major stocktake of the Commonwealth Government’s functions and expenditure in almost 20 years.

And his message was clear: Governments can’t keep spending money they haven’t got.

Under the terms of reference established for the Audit, the Commission was directed to examine the scope for efficiency and productivity improvements across all areas of Commonwealth expenditure, and to make recommendations … Read more »

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