If this wasn’t an election year, Stephen Conroy’s reaction to the Coalition broadband policy might have been very different.
Maybe something like; “I told you so.”
The rancorous debate about broadband that the major parties have engaged in for the past eight years reflected profound differences.
A Parliamentary committee has recommended a referendum for constitutional recognition of local government be held this year – for the third time in the past 40 years. There was a referendum on the matter in 1974, and one again in 1988, neither of which carried.
The call has been made by the Joint Select Committee (the Committee) on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government in its recently released report (the Report): Preliminary report on the majority finding of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government: the proposal, timing and likely success of a referendum to amend Section 96 of the Australian Constitution to effect financial recognition of local government.
The popular media’s treatment of immigration as a “hot-potato issue” belies Australia’s legacy of placing migration policy at the heart of Government and economic planning. Even while it has been mired in political controversy, it has continued to evolve to meet economic needs.
At a time of tight labor markets, businesses should be aware of the immigration policy drivers, especially given the policy is now strongly focused on meeting business needs, and ask whether they address their own employment issues.
One of the least remarked upon elements of the agreement that gave Julia Gillard the Prime Ministership in 2010 is likely to provide a central character in 2013, now that the election date is set.
Phil Bowen, who was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) in mid-2012 to head the small office that was created to independently assess the policy costings of all parties, and to assist all Members and Senators to scrutinise the budget.
Mr Bowen was the Australian Director of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) prior to taking up his present job.
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