The Northern Territory has technically been allowed the right of self-governance for 40 years now…since 1978. We say ‘technically’, because unlike the states there are limits to the Territorian’s powers of self-determination.
While there is no perfect answer, Australia’s tough border policies have seen an end to the thousands of refugees attempting to illegally enter Australia via boats. And it has likely saved hundreds of would be refugees from drowning at sea.
The temptation to silence those we disagree with can be overwhelming. If they’re not allowed to speak, no one will be swayed by their distasteful ideas. But once you begin banning people’s right to freely speak their ideas — however controversial — book burning often follows close behind.
40 years is a long time to argue over a swathe of ocean. Even if that ocean does contain a wealth of petroleum deposits. But the dispute appears to finally be resolved.
Australia’s war on tobacco is officially underway. And the government appears intent on fighting it with the same failed tactics employed in the decades long drug war. More police. Tougher laws. More jail time.
Current projections now envisage Australia’s population to hit roughly 38 million by 2051. But if the past 20 years is any indication, that number could be far higher.
Whatever your thoughts may be on the Paris Climate Agreement, we hope you’d agree on one thing. It should be up to Australia — and Australia only — to decide whether or not to remain part of the accord.
Albert Einstein is credited with saying, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.’ Tony Abbot amended Einstein’s wisdom, but struck the same note when it came to addressing the government’s energy policy.
The Greens party would like to be seen as not just pro-environment, but also socially progressive. But that image is in jeopardy. Outgoing Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has warned her party must resist careerism, leaking and bullying to guarantee its future.
When the time arrives, some Australians will have the right to determine if they wish to end their life with medical assistance or battle on to their natural end. Other Australians, including those who live in the territories, do not have that right. But that may soon change.
The premature shift to an over-reliance on renewable sources has seen energy costs rocket for households and businesses alike. These costs must be brought back down to earth.
And according to various aid organisations, the way to maintain dominance in a region is simple. Send them cash.
National Australia Bank’s CEO has apologised to customers over the fees-for-no-service scandal, but denies the bank has committed any crimes.
When you can’t accurately estimate what your costs will be in the year ahead, it can hamstring any decisions on new investments. This is precisely the dilemma facing Australia’s energy companies.
The moment you post something onto social media, you lose control over who might access it. It could be your parents or children. It could be your partner or boss. And if you’re a public servant, you can bet your posts will trickle through to the general public.
Regardless of what you do for a living, it’s imperative that you are able to trust your colleagues to live up to their word. Nowhere is that trust and cooperation more important than within the walls of Parliament. Yet that’s precisely where it appears to have gone missing.
Labor MP Emma Husar has flown the white flag and fallen on her sword. Allegedly it’s all with the best interests of the Labor party in mind. But her resignation may not be enough to fend off a parliamentary investigation into bullying and harassment claims levelled against her, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
This was the warning from Australian Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd, one of Australia’s top bureaucrats.
On the other hand she’s drawing a hard line on maintaining rigid sanctions against the regime until it abandons its nuclear weapons.
And that will leave businesses and consumers in limbo once more about the future of Australia’s energy market.
For most Australians a lengthy dry spell is little more than an inconvenience. It may mean your lawn turns yellow if you’re no longer allowed to use the sprinklers. And you might find yourself reduced to a bucket of water to clean the family car. But it’s unlikely to affect your job. For Australia’s farmers, the story is starkly different.
The ugly, duplicitous side of human nature has been thrown into the spotlight in almost every major workforce in Australia this past year. That inglorious list includes (but is not limited to) the police, MPs, clergy, Defence Force personnel, athletes, and of course bankers.
Australia was once a world leader in commercial whaling. Indeed, the horrendous practice continued until just four decades ago. Today Australia leads the world in its vocal opposition of whaling.
But it’s already caused Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison to wade into the issue. Details of a letter from a Labor internal investigation sent to Ms Husar on 16 May, was published by BuzzFeed on Thursday.
And there is no reason that Australia could not be doing the same. This is the message from several prominent Coalition members, who have been in Japan this week studying the Japanese energy sector.
If you haven’t paid much attention to how you eat your meat pies, you may want to take note the next time you bite into one. The proper method, if there is such a thing, has even made its way into international politics.
If you drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, drive a car, or plan to visit a doctor this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has some bad news for you.
At the end of the day, there is no getting around the fact that Aussie companies paying a 30% tax rate will be operating at a disadvantage to their foreign competitors who pay far lower taxes.
Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie makes an excellent point on who we want to lead our regions and our nation. And that is to get the best people into those positions, regardless of race or gender.
Maverick Nationals MP, George Christensen has been sent on a mining industry-funded mission to Japan to ask its government to build new coal-fired power stations in Australia.