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Parliament recalled early by Governor General

  • Parliament recalled for 18 April
  • Budget brought forward to 3 May
  • Double Dissolution likely for 2 July

Minutes ago, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the Governor General has issued an order for Federal Parliament to be recalled on 18 April.  This is three weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

Parliament has been recalled to consider the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation which has twice been rejected by the Senate.  … Read more »

Senate Voting Reforms – what happened?

Last month, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, announced that the Government would introduce legislation to reform the Senate voting system.

The announcement followed an inquiry by the cross-party Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, which, unanimously, made a number of recommendations to improve the voting system.

The reforms passed by the Senate today include:

  • The introduction
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Minister Fifield on Media Laws and Senate Voting Reforms

Communications and The Arts

The Federal Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield today addressed the National Press Club on the two distinct streams of his portfolio – Communications and the Arts – which he compared to the ‘sinews and the soul’ of Australia. In particular, he outlined the progress of his package to reform two out-dated Australian media laws which were set when the internet and mobile phones did … Read more »

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