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.
Pollies in both major parties support the exorbitant excise taxes, but Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has taken the government to task for its irrational and damaging sin taxes on tobacco.
In April this year, the ABC uncovered that more than a dozen people convicted of child sex crimes, rape, obscene exposure and assault had applied for working with children checks in the last five years…and succeeded.
It’s not hard to spot a trend emerging in how Australia deals with disciplining its citizens. Once people start acting irresponsibly, their responsibilities are taken from them.
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.
It was an incendiary maiden speech by any measure. One targeted at reducing immigration and refocussing the intake on European migrants. But Queensland crossbench senator Fraser Anning has angrily rejected criticism that his use of the words ‘final solution’ during the speech had any Nazi connotations.
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.
In yet another sign that governments are unable to learn from or admit their mistakes, Canberra is ready to double down on a policy that’s already fuelling a billion dollar black market.
Most people don’t like the thought of their private messages being reviewed. But the Federal Government believes that there is a desperate need for them to be able to do so.
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.
Unions, backed by left leaning media, made a lot of noise when some Sunday penalty rates were cut last July. They claimed it was one more example of the common man taking a hit, so the fat cats could line their pockets. But the Turnbull government has news for them.
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.
It also sparked Prime Minster Malcom Turnbull to declare a ‘civil war’ happening within walls of the Labor party.
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.
If it seems like everyone is out for your data, that’s because they are. What kind of data are they after? Everything really. The more personal, the better.
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.
And that will leave businesses and consumers in limbo once more about the future of Australia’s energy market.
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.
The Victorian government’s spending on public servants has erupted by more than a quarter since Labor came to office. The quickest-growing wages bill of any Australian government.
With the electric car ‘revolution’ gaining more and more traction every day, Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg predicts that the number of electric vehicles on Australian roads will rise to one million by 2030 — up from about 8300 today. his might sound great, however there is a growing concern. Find out why here