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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announces changes to Labor’s frontbench

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today unveiled changes to the Shadow Ministry.  Mr Shorten said this would be the team Labor will take to the next federal election.

The reshuffle was prompted by announcements that Queensland Senator Jan McLucas and Oxley MP, Bernie Ripoll, would not contest next year’s poll.

The focus of the new Shadow Ministry will be to drive Labor’s policy development and sell their plans to the … Read more »

On The Hill – Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations finalised, with huge implications for Australian industry

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed overnight in the US after five intensive days of talks, and five years of overall negotiations.

12 parties were involved in the negotiations surrounding the TPP: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. These parties represented 36.4% of the world’s gross domestic product in 2014. Australian exports of goods and services to these countries was … Read more »

Turnbull Government's new Administrative Arrangements

As you may be aware, the new Ministry has been sworn to office by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), at Government House.

With their appointments announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, new Ministers will begin briefings with their respective departments and agencies.

There have also been significant changes to the administrative arrangements of Government, and several Departments have been renamed.  An amended … Read more »

Malcolm Turnbull’s new Ministers

Malcolm Turnbull has today announced his new Ministerial line-up.  See the full list below, or contact us for a briefing on the personalities and priorities of the new Turnbull Government.


The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion   Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO Cabinet Secretary

The Hon Alan Tudge MP Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister 

Senator James McGrath Assistant Read more »

Malcolm Turnbull is Australia’s 29th Prime Minister

After a tumultuous 72 hours in Canberra, CapitalHill looks at the story behind the man, the most recent chapter of which culminated in his swearing in on Tuesday at 1:30pm as 29th Prime Minister of Australia.

Born in Sydney to a hotel brokering father and a radio drama star mother, Mr Turnbull grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs attending Vaucluse public school. Through a scholarship program, Mr Turnbull later attended … Read more »

Nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Liberal Party has this morning selected the Member for Casey, Mr Tony Smith MP, as its nominee for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The nomination follows the resignation of the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP from the position last week.

Mr Smith was first elected to parliament in 2001. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to former Prime Minister John Howard and in the Shadow Ministry when … Read more »

ChAFTA and the TPP - Implications for Australian businesses

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed in Canberra on 17 June by Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, and the Chinese Commerce Minister, Mr Gao Hucheng.Before the treaty comes into formal effect, however, both Australia and China must complete their domestic treaty-making processes.

For Australia, an important part of the process is the scrutiny of the treaty through Inquiries held by the … Read more »

ALP National Conference

More than 2,000 delegates, members and supporters attended the Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference in Melbourne last weekend.

National Conference is the Labor Party’s highest decision-making forum and plays an important role in defining the future direction of the Party.

The Conference voted on the consolidation of the existing ALP National Constitution, including the creation of a new section of the Platform titled Organisational Policies, as well as changes … Read more »

Tax Reform Discussion

Tax reform is at the top of the national agenda as Australia grapples with structural upheaval in the economy, and comes on the back of almost a quarter century of uninterrupted economic growth.  The Federal Government has said it is committed to fiscal discipline in order to return to surplus, and the States and Territories are faced with the challenge of unfunded Health and Education spending out to 2024-25.

This … Read more »

2015/16 Queensland Budget

The Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Curtis Pitt MP, has handed down that State’s Budget for 2015-16. In keeping with its election commitments, the Palaszczuk government has implemented key measures to revitalise the state economy. Weaker commodity prices and a subdued labour market present challenges for the State Budget.

Queensland was the first of the four states to lose its triple-A credit rating, however Queensland’s economic growth is forecast to rise … Read more »

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