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Polls suggest Labor within striking distance of the Treasury Benches

This week’s Newspoll (see here) may have come as a shock to some, but will no doubt spur Coalition MPs into fervent activity, and instill new hope into Labor.  For the first time since Malcolm Turnbull was elected by his colleagues into the top job, Labor has pulled ahead of the Coalition, albeit within the margin of error.

 

 

Primary Vote

The Coalition’s primary vote is at 41%, … Read more »

Senate Cross Bench fronts the Canberra Press Pack

Independent Cross Bench Senators Nick Xenophon, David Leyonhjelm and Glenn Lazarus this week addressed the National Press Club outlining their differing personal views on a range of hot political topics including the Australian Building and Construction Commission, productivity in the manufacturing industry, Senate voting reforms, the Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) and their chances in a Double Dissolution federal election.

 

On a Double Dissolution:

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Whyalla ‘wipeout’ tests Major Parties in an election year

News this week that ASX-listed Arrium (formerly OneSteel, spun out of BHP, ASX:ARI) was placed in voluntary administration comes at a time when South Australia was already shaping up as a key battleground state for any federal election this year, Double Dissolution or otherwise.

Administrators Grant Thornton were called in this week by Arrium’s board after a debt restructure deal was rejected by creditors including Australia’s Big Four banks.  Whyalla’s … Read more »

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 »

Prime Minister Turnbull’s new Ministry

Cabinet Reshuffle – February 2016

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a reconfigured ministry on Saturday, an opportunity afforded after several vacancies arose following the retirement and resignation of a number of Cabinet members and junior Ministers.

In total, 18 Liberal and National party Senators and MPs were promoted or reshuffled, including to three newly created positions in Cabinet. Promoted Ministers and Senators include:

  • The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP (NAT), who
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The Innovation Agenda

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP have unveiled the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Referred to as the ‘Ideas Boom’ the agenda outlines the Government’s plan to stimulate economic growth through collaboration with small business and research institutions.

In an address to the National Press Club, Minister Pyne announced the agenda would introduce … Read more »

The Innovation Agenda

“Innovation” is well and truly at the centre of the Turnbull Government’s agenda.  Not a Ministerial pronouncement goes by without its mention.

Yesterday the Government announced that twenty Australian companies were the latest to benefit from $7.3 million in commercialisation grants assistance under the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

The Assistant Minister for Innovation, Hon. Wyatt Roy MP commented that “the projects featured in this announcement are brilliant examples of Australia’s Read more »

Turnbull Government revives the Harper Review

Treasurer Scott Morrison said last week that the Harper Review has the potential to unlock major opportunities for the Australian economy. Originally shelved by the Abbott Government earlier this year, the Turnbull Government will likely act on some of the 56 recommendations included in the competition policy review.

The Harper Review looked at competition policy across the Australian economy, specifically to investigate ways to boost productivity and to secure fiscal … Read more »

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