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LATEST POSTS

Carpark rort

It’s a while since a government rort hit the headlines but there it is – $660.4 million for car parks, described by the National Audit …
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Fake surprise on GBR in danger

Stunned by the UNESCO recommendation Minister Ley may be but she ought to read her own department’s advice which makes it clear that mass coral …
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CURRENT PROJECTS

Budget: the glaring omissions

The ABC $58.6 million went to SBS, AAP, community broadcasting and the media regulator but the ABC’s funding will drop by $10 million for 2021-22. Former ABC bureaucrat, Michael …
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Budget: Health

New funding for mental health and suicide prevention, women’s health – including long-sought-after investment in endometriosis research and treatment – is welcome in this budget …
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Budget: Climate

Action on climate change and reducing Australia’s emissions continues to treated without the sense of urgency that the crisis demands. That’s the main takeaway from …
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Budget: Defence

The Defence budget climbed to $44.6 billion in this budget. Most of the new acquisition money is going into platforms that are arguably obsolete now …
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Budget: Aged care

The $17.7 billion package for aged care is welcome but it is $3.5 billion/year whereas the Royal Commission recommended an additional $10 billion a year …
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Budget: Universities

The budget has done nothing to address the crisis in university funding. The Age newspaper reported that the budget contained $19 billion dollars for universities. Was …
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WHERE WE STAND ON THE BIG ISSUES

House prices are spiralling out of control, affordable housing is scarce and there are over 478,000 low and very low-income households across Australians in unaffordable rental housing. 100,000 Australians …
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Openness, accountability, truth and the public’s right to know are essential principles and protections in a democracy.  . Accountability has been central to the work of the Australian …
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The Royal Commission into Aged Care found significant fault in the aged care system as a whole and uncovered neglect, abuse, indifference, and poor leadership. …
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The gender pay gap is the difference between the average earnings of women and men in the workforce. It is multi-dimensional, reflecting the variety of social …
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Australia needs a strong and independent defence force that does not “project power” over nations far from our shores. This would save $100 billion that …
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Governments cannot simply buy innovation. Innovation occurs when the right conditions exist; groups of educated and entrepreneurial individuals working in an environment conducive to new ideas are incentivised to bring these ideas into new …
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Why we need this. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that career politicians in the major parties have neither the will nor the capacity to serve …
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Agriculture is the cornerstone of stable society and it is of national importance to ensure the viability of Australian agriculture for the benefit of all …
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