The ABS put the jobless rate at 5% in September. That’s down from 5.3% in August.
The fear of back lash from one’s own party wasn’t enough to stop one of the Queensland opposition MPs voting in favour of laws to decriminalise abortion.
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.
On Wednesday it was revealed that the Victorian Police were interviewing Victorian Labor MPs over the ‘red shirts’ rort scheme. In comments yesterday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said that the result of the investigation could be released before the election.
To meet the Paris Climate Agreement emissions reduction target, we would need to spend $52 billion over the next 12 years. For the same price, we could build at least 11 state of the art nuclear power plants.
According to The Australian, John Howard is now going in to bat for Liberal in the Wentworth seat, trying to regain enthusiasm from ‘grumpy voters’ who have lost faith in the party since Turnbull’s recent ousting. But this will likely be a tough feat for Howard, having to follow the Sydney Harbour electorate by-election, which went south from Turnbull’s previous 18% two-party preferred vote.
Hanson’s motion — supported by 28 out of the 59 government senators — failed by a narrow margin. It’s since proven an ugly embarrassment for the Liberals. Crumpling to far-left calls of racism, the majority of senators later backtracked and claimed to have been duped into casting the wrong vote.
It’s common to hear companies vilified for accepting tobacco money. Most non-profits and political parties alike, shun the donations. Activists say the money is ‘tainted’ by tobacco.
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.
If you can stomach watching the ABC’s Q&A, which frequently descends into a self-congratulatory left-wing lovefest, you will occasionally hear a voice of common sense. This week’s voice of common sense was Liberal Senator James Patterson, who put holes in his opponent’s arguments throughout the debate.
Firmer laws for parties and other entities collecting foreign political donations are not too far away after Labour has agreed to most of the Coalition’s findings in a new report.
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 last thing Aussie businesses and households need in the year ahead is even greater uncertainty.
‘I believe we have reached a level of maturity in this country where we can move beyond policies based on fear or disapproval and embrace an evidence-based medical and harm-minimisation strategy, as sophisticated societies have done elsewhere,’ Senator Leyonhjelm said.
Whatever we’re going to do, we have to do it fast. A major climate report calling for a ban on all coal-generated electricity by 2050 was released earlier this month. But, would an end to coal energy be enough?
It’s not often we see agreement on both sides of the political stage. But yesterday, Bill Shorten announced that Labor would support the Coalition’s plan to fast-track tax relief.
Yes, that’s right, our former PM’s son, Alex Turnbull, has made it loud and clear that he shows no support to the Liberal party. Since his father’s removal, young Turnbull is adamant that Liberals have been taken over by a bunch of ‘extremists’.
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.