Labor warns of looming “WorkChoices 2.0” as Government reintroduces Ensuring Integrity Bill

Federal Labor has criticised the Morrison Government for being “anti-worker” as the government re-introduced its “Ensuring Integrity” Bill for the second time. Shadow industrial relations minister Tony Burke said the Federal Government was “launching another attack on workers “who just want a decent pay rise,” by bringing back the Bill to Parliament. Attorney General Christian…

Federal funding boosts WA roads

WA will receive a boost to the state’s infrastructure with a $940 million increase in Federal and State funding. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed an $868 million injection for WA’s roads, boosting funds from about $4.5 billion to $5.4 billion over four years. The funding will be allocated to six projects, in a bid…

Labor Reflects On Election Loss As Young Members Agree With Party Review

Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has admitted his party had got it wrong during this year’s federal election, while Young Labor members responded positively towards the review. The comprehensive response comes following the Labor Party’s shock election loss, despite major polling indicated that Labor would won the federal election back in May. During his address…

Paratroopers land in Papua amid recent West Papua protests

Indonesian army paratroopers have landed in Indonesia, following protests across the country’s easternmost territory of West Papua. Kostrad Strategic Reserve paratroopers were dropped into Wamena in the Indonesian Papau highlands early on Wednesday and jumped on trucks, according to West Papua Media. Prior to the launch, 10 Hercules dropped at least thousands of “full combat…

Australia stands alone at Pacific Islands Forum

By Helene Fung Heads of Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand held marathon meetings in Pacific nation Tuvalu for the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum. A statement on climate change and a communique have been agreed early Friday morning. However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to endorse the Tuvalu Declaration made by smaller Pacific…

ANALYSIS: Will tax cuts help young Australians to get ahead?

Analysis By: Elson Goh, Curtin University Tutor & Certified Financial Planner Fiscal policy is the tool used by the government to adjusts its spending levels and tax rates to influence the economy. The current state of the economy requires nothing short of a miracle to turn it around. Business confidence have fallen close to recession…

Parliamentary press freedom inquiry expected following AFP raids

A parliamentary inquiry into press freedom appears inevitable despite Scott Morrison not having yet committed to review. The Prime Minister and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher are consulting with senior media executives over a potential inquiry, following Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC’s Sydney offices. Mr Fletcher said…

Scott Morrison’s new-look cabinet sworn in

Scott Morrison and his reworked cabinet has been sworn in, officially taking office after a shock federal election victory. The Prime Minister and his ministry were sworn in at Government House this morning, with the Governor-General making the new-look cabinet official. Mr Morrison and deputy PM Michael McCormack’s cabinet will feature a number of changes…

Albanese “best choice” for Labor as he assumes Labor leadership

Anthony Albanese is the strongest choice as federal Labor leader a political expert has claimed, as Mr Albanese was confirmed as the party’s leader. Murdoch University Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Dr Ian Cook said that Australians would be “looking for Albanese to be a better salesperson for Labor Party policies” after he was…