Johnny Depp opened up about the apology he and his wife Amber Heard gave following the biosecurity incident in Australia last year involving their fox terriers, Pistol and Boo, during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show overnight. “Some are calling it your greatest performance ever,” said Kimmel. But Depp […]
Treasury’s will release its pre-election budget update some time today. The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) gives an update on budget forecasts, including important input parameters such as the iron ore price. In the fortnight since the budget was released the iron ore price has dropped to the current […]
A long-term plan to cut the company tax rate from 30% to 25% is the centrepiece of the Coalition’s economic plan for jobs and growth. The Coalition maintains the change will boost GDP by more than 1% in the long-term, at a budgetary cost of $48.2 billion over the next […]
The Australian Sex Party (ASXP) is known for supporting policies that it believes don’t encroach on civil liberties. It wants to regulate the supply of marijuana, enact more anti-discrimination laws, decriminalise voluntary euthanasia and abortion and develop a national sex education curriculum for children. Registered by Robert Swan in August […]
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised to dedicate $65 million to tackle domestic violence in Australia. Shorten said that under a Labor government, Australia would see to improved family violence services and organisations including Our Watch, the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) as well as the 1800 RESPECT […]
The election is still nearly two months away, making prediction precarious. However, there are some certainties. And these help explain the thermonuclear war that has broken out between Labor and the Greens over the possibility that the Liberals might preference the Greens in some marginal seats. Such a deal would […]
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a double dissolution election on July 2. “The Governor-General has accepted my advice to dissolve both houses of Parliament effective tomorrow,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra yesterday. “At this election, Australians will have a very clear choice — to keep the course, maintain […]
Labor has attacked Malcolm Turnbull over the purchase of his daughter’s $2.7 million apartment, following comments from the prime minister suggesting that parents should be helping their children to buy a home. In the Senate yesterday, Labor senator Doug Cameron questioned Turnbull on whether he had helped buy his daughter […]
A Chinese-led consortium has declared it will lob another bid for Australia’s biggest private landholding, S. Kidman & Co, but will wait until after the federal election. Dakang Australia – the biggest shareholder of which is Shangai Pengxin Group – will spend the next three months negotiating with Kidman in an effort […]
Fairfax MP Clive Palmer told parliament that he was leaving politics after just one term today. The only problem was that he told it to an empty room. Among the 150 MPs who make up the house of Representatives, just the acting deputy speaker, and the duty MPs from both […]
Who said innovation in newspapers is dead? Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has an amazing cover this morning in which mild-mannered treasurer Scott Morrison is shown wearing a suit – but on peeling back the translucent front page, he’s revealed to be wearing a Superman outfit. The paper calls Morrison the “Hero […]
Clive Palmer has announced he will not seek re-election in the House of Representatives. The MP, who was elected to the seat of Fairfax in the 2013 federal election, is holding a press conference at 3pm. We will get more information then. In the meantime, here’s a look at the […]
Clive Palmer will not seek re-election in the House of Representatives. The MP, who was elected to the seat of Fairfax in the 2013 federal election, is holding a press conference at 3pm. Palmer took to Twitter a short time ago explaining his decision. Government has changed House of Reps […]
We will know date for the federal election by this time next week. Speaking to the Today show from Canberra this morning, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull suggested he will visit the governor-general this weekend to trigger the election campaign. “The election will be called before the 11th of May and […]
The government is trying to encourage jobs and growth in the 2016 budget through some measures for young job-seekers and working families while establishing tougher rules on welfare. Working families will have to wait for the childcare subsidies in the Jobs for Families package. But there is A$840 million in […]
Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his first budget. Here’s his speech in full: Thank you Mr Speaker, I move that the Bill now be read a second time. Mr Speaker, this cannot be just another budget, because these are extraordinary times. This Budget is an economic plan, it’s not […]
Two million Australians earning more than $80,000 a year will get tax cuts on July 1. The Australian reports that treasurer Scott Morrison will move the changes to the day before the expected federal election, contrary to earlier proposals for them to be introduced after the election. “Obviously we want […]
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken negative changes off the table for the May budget. The announcement was made at a doorstop in Sydney this morning by Turnbull and treasurer Scott Morrison who noted that the federal government “had the common sense to leave the system as it is”. […]
Local Digital has created an awesome infographic with data they retrieved from Google searches relating to Australian politics. “The infographic below is what we found when searching various political issues with the Google tools Keyword Planner, Google Trends and Google Autocomplete,” the Local Digital team said. From general searches, questions […]
Just days into the 74-day (not yet) election campaign the political punches are already being swung. On Sydney 2SM this morning radio host John Laws asked prime minister Malcolm Turnbull what was one characteristic he admired in Opposition leader Bill Shorten. His response was neither forthcoming or straightforward. After a […]
Talk of a republic referendum has been thrown around this week, with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull saying that it will happen “when the time is right”. In an interview with radio host John Laws on 2SM, Turnbull reiterated his position saying that the right time may be once the Queen’s […]
The second major crackdown on multinational tax avoidance in as many budgets will help fund the Coalition’s pledge to cut the corporate tax rate over the longer term. Changes to thin capitalisation rules will reduce from 60 per cent to 50 per cent the amount of debt a multinational company […]
With the defeat of the bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission in the Senate, another waypoint in Malcolm Turnbull’s election plan is reached. The Senate, with its chaotic and unpredictable crossbench, had become an obstacle for any government trying to deliver a suite of reforms. The Abbott […]
Parliament is back in Canberra this week for a sitting ostensibly about passing the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation which, if defeated, will give Malcolm Turnbull the trigger needed for a double-dissolution election to be held in July. But the real discussion in the capital will be about the […]
Bronwyn Bishop career in parliament is over after being dumped as Liberal candidate for her Sydney seat of Mackellar on Saturday night. The former House of Representatives speaker was defeated by former Liberal staffer and businessman Jason Falinski 51 to 39 in a preselection ballot. The meeting, which lasted more […]
Former defence minister Kevin Andrews says he is prepared to challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the prime ministership, should the circumstances arise. The conservative MP and Tony Abbott loyalist, who lost the defence portfolio after less than 12 months in the job after Turnbull became Liberal leader, told his local paper, […]
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday laid down an ultimatum to the Senate: pass the government’s industrial relations legislation or face a double dissolution election. The Senate will sit from April 18 to consider two bills that would reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), and the Registered Organisations […]
Queensland could see one of the biggest changes to its electoral system in decades if the referendum on fixed four-year parliamentary terms passes. The “yes” vote is likely go ahead with voters turning out in numbers on Saturday’s local government elections to back the proposal to replace the three-year terms […]
On the night Malcolm Turnbull rolled Tony Abbott for the Liberal leadership, a farewell party for the ousted PM was thrown at Parliament House in Canberra. During the party an Italian marble table in the cabinet room was destroyed. Since then the event, dubbed “marblegate” and “tablegate”, has remained a […]
The government’s assault on Labor’s negative gearing tax has suffered an embarrassing setback with the authors of a damning report saying it was written late last year and had nothing to do with Labor’s policy released just a month ago. Just hours after Treasurer Scott Morrison used the findings to […]
The agonising within the Turnbull’s government over taxation reform appears to be costing it some electoral skin. The Newspoll published in today’s edition of The Australian shows the Coalition level with the ALP. It erases a six-point lead the government held late last year. Malcolm Turnbull remains overwhelmingly the preferred […]
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new ministry. It is the second cabinet reshuffle to take place since Turnbull stepped into his prime ministerial role after ousting Tony Abbott in September. But the Turnbull government has faced the departure of five ministers since December including deputy prime minister Warren […]
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a reshuffle of his ministry. In the new lineup, Steven Ciobo has taken over the role of trade minister from Andrew Robb while Victorian Nationals MP and assistant minister for defence Darren Chester has been offered the infrastructure and transport portfolio replacing Nationals leader […]
There’s never been a more exciting time to be an Australian federal treasurer. This would particularly be the case if you were to follow the advice of Deutsche Bank’s chief economist in Australia, Adam Boyton, who believes the federal government could embark on a radical path of deploying fiscal tightening […]
There is a famous quandary in economics which goes some way to explaining why getting people to rally around a tax reform is such a difficult process. It’s outlined by the widely-followed behavioural economist Richard Thaler in his most recent book, Misbehaving, and was originally posed back in 1968 by […]
The Australian Electoral Commission has just released financial disclosures for the 2014-15 year. The figures show Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel, which went into administration last month, was the biggest financial donor to the Palmer United Party, handing $5,991,381 to the MP’s party. And the next biggest donor was Mineralogy, another […]
Former treasurer Joe Hockey has been sworn in by president Barack Obama as Australia’s new ambassador to the US. The official welcome on Thursday took place at at the the Oval Office in Washington, where Hockey presented his diplomatic credentials to Obama. Hockey attended the meeting with his wife, Melissa […]
Malcolm Turnbull has enjoyed some excellent polls since becoming prime minister. The man he replaced, Tony Abbott, remained consistently at low levels. So why has Turnbull proven to be so popular? This is an even greater puzzle when it is appreciated that Turnbull was consistently trounced by Kevin Rudd when […]
When a Marvel superhero is offering moral support to an Australian political journalist, you know it has to be January. Over the Christmas break, Jamie Briggs resigned as minister for cities following an “incident” involving a female public servant in a bar in Hong Kong. Details of the Victorian MP’s […]
Twitter, the online platform for live, public conversation, has been the birthplace of some of the most memorable discussions in the world. This week Twitter released its 2015 Year on Twitter data showcasing the biggest highlights, tweets and most talked about trends. In Australia, Twitter managed to capture all the […]
Martin Parkinson, the former head of the federal Treasury who was dumped by Tony Abbott, looks set to make a triumphant return to the public service. He will be appointed head of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, according to a report in The Australian Financial Review. It is […]
Bill Shorten is tanking. A Newspoll in The Australian today shows his support as preferred prime minister sits at a Simon Crean-like 15 per cent. Malcolm Turnbull was the preferred prime minister among 64 per cent of respondents. This is down from Shorten’s 41-37 lead over Tony Abbott in early […]
Sticking by his word.
Well that escalated quickly.
What you need to know.
Abbott wins the corridor walk-off.
Up, up and away.
The money is on a Turnbull-led Coalition.
It's a mixed bag.
Seen it all before.
The front bench is involved.
Dave's a regular Joe.
Will @RealMarkLatham please stand up?
An impossible urban myth.
Not a good look.
Cross the floor and you will be asked to leave the frontbench.
Rapid change hurts more.
The ongoing cost of reducing the emissions will be approximately $200 million a year.
The Northern Territory police minister has the same problem.
Amid lectures on ending the age of entitlement, they've been indulging in their own.
Ruddock looking likely.
Vote 1, Someone Else.
"Error of judgement".
"It could, it may well go to zero as well."
On a free vote.
"Bring it on."
We must invest in human capital.
Confidence is lacking.
This time it's the conservatives going nuts.
Personal and professional consequences.
All over the place. Again.
Warning signs for the Treasurer.
Concentrated political authority.
After 25 years in politics she has reigned.
A distinguished public servant.
After three years.
Ambassador to Indonesia recalled.
Multinational tax minimisation.
League of Nations era rules.
Public debt is ballooning.
Picking fights everywhere.
In the balance.
Here comes non-farm payrolls.
Poles, wires, disruption and property.
Preferences will be important.
A loner who led a nation.
An activist till the end.
A giant leap.
More runs required.
You've got to be kitten.