The ABS put the jobless rate at 5% in September. That’s down from 5.3% in August.
And while Prime Minister Scott Morrison has remained confident of a Liberal win this week, the Nationals aren’t so sure of a positive outcome.
Opposition National Party member Jami-Lee Ross was this week accused by his superiors as leaking the details of leader Simon Bridges’ travel expenses to media.
Australia is being excoriated for a recent rise in emissions, equivalent to our population growth. And we’re being told that we’ll need to do away with much of our beef industry, and change our diets, if we want to save the planet.
Yet another round of new measures aimed at reducing alcohol abuse will see the price of booze go even higher in the NT. As we’ve already seen with tobacco in Australia, when the price of legally acquiring much sought after products goes too high, criminals will step in and fill the void for a bargain.
It comes as little surprise that Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm’s bold push to legalise cannabis in Australia is facing an uphill battle.
Ironically, the review into religious freedoms that sought to cement schools’ rights to discriminate, has opened a Pandora’s Box that’s seen voters and pollies cross party lines to oppose this right.
He also announced an inquiry into support for the Iran nuclear deal and confirmed Australia would this week vote against the Palestinian Authority chairing a UN group.
The result…reverse discrimination. A topic that plays right into the hands of Pauline Hanson.
But in extraordinary attack, Nationals ministers have slammed Australia’s major supermarket chains for ‘pretending to be good people’ during the drought.
The war in Afghanistan is now in its 17th year. That’s more than three times as long as the Second World War. And it’s precisely that prolonged period of fighting that is giving rise to hopes of possible peace.
The last thing Aussie businesses and households need in the year ahead is even greater uncertainty.
And it’s about to get a lot more interesting, and possibly highly embarrassing, for the Australian government.
And the most important focus for Aussie businesses and households should be reliable, affordable energy.
Taking Melbourne as an example, adding more than 10,000 people to the city each month simply is not sustainable. No matter how much money you spend on roads, rails, and schools.
The world is full of addictive substances and activities. Drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling…even eating and exercise can be addictive and dangerous if taken to extremes.
It’s not rocket science. When you reduce the onerous tax burden on small businesses, that money will go back into the economy. So it comes as good news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is fast tracking company tax cuts.
If there was ever an institution where discrimination should be known only in the history books, it’s Australia’s school system.
In arguing for the proposed laws that will force tech giants to hand over encrypted information to law enforcement, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton used the same tired fear techniques you’d expect in debate class 101.
It’s also likely to bring out some emotional stories. As Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney yesterday, ‘I think the country is going to have to brace itself for some difficult stories, some difficult circumstances, some difficult experiences.’
With that in mind, Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor says he is determined to work with the states and territories to impose an obligation for reliable electricity supply on retailers across the country.
Pre-production on Hollywood blockbuster Godzilla vs Kong will begin on the Gold Coast this month, while Disney series Reef Break will also shoot in Queensland.
The national average price for unleaded reached a painful $1.53 in Australia last month. While that’s not good news for cash strapped Aussies, spare a thought for those across the ditch.
But the party’s support of the Australian Council of Trade Unions sector-wide bargaining proposal is dangerous. And it’s being derided by the government.
And if you think developing nations are going to be carrying the brunt of that cost…think again. The report rather optimistically also calls for coal (of which Australia is the largest global exporter) to be phased out by 2050.
Not that this has dissuaded the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education to push for labels warning women not to drink while they’re pregnant. Which begs the question, are Australian women really not aware that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix?
This was the situation former foreign minister Julie Bishop faced in 2014 when then Prime Minister Tony Abbott passed the ‘shirtfronting’ baton over to her.
That’s how many workers in the private sector are represented by unions. Yet if Australian Council of Trade Unions has its way, this 9% could soon hold enough sway to shutter hospitals, schools and other essential services.
While public sentiment has gradually been shifting towards an amicable divorce from the British royal family over the past decades, if a referendum were held today it would remain a close call.
But when done properly the impact is minimal compared to the benefits. And in today’s energy hungry world, banning gas exploration — whether onshore or off — is not the mark of a responsible government.