Defence won’t check it has enough cash for ship-building plan | Australia news

The tight timeframe on building Australia’s nine new Navy frigates has the potential to embarrass the government, the auditor’s office has warned. It’s also worried the Defence department has given second-tier approval for the offshore patrol vessels project without knowing maintenance costs or finalised commercial arrangements. The Australian National Audit …

Malcolm Turnbull announces sweeping ‘health check’ into federal public service

Malcolm Turnbull announces sweeping ‘health check’ into federal public service

Posted May 04, 2018 18:24:25 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a sweeping review of the federal public service to ensure it is capable of providing quality advice while being apolitical. Key points: Review will examine performance management, staff support and staff digital skills Turnbull says hasn’t been significant review …

Fact check: Is Australia’s tax to GDP ratio lower now than it was throughout the Howard years? – Fact Check

Fact check: Is Australia’s tax to GDP ratio lower now than it was throughout the Howard years? – Fact Check

Posted May 02, 2018 06:00:25 Photo: Former secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Michael Keating, says that Australia’s tax to GDP ratio is lower now than it was throughout the Howard years. RMIT ABC Fact Check examines the data. (AAP: Mick Tsikas) The claim The Federal Government …

Fact check: Are there powerful precedents which break with protocol for posthumously promoting John Monash to field marshal? – Fact Check

Fact check: Are there powerful precedents which break with protocol for posthumously promoting John Monash to field marshal? – Fact Check

Posted April 25, 2018 05:59:46 Photo: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that there are “powerful precedents” which “break with normal protocol” for posthumously promoting General Sir John Monash to field marshal. (ABC News: Nicholas Haggarty) The claim The week before the 2018 ANZAC Day commemoration, newspapers reported that the Turnbull …

Fact check: Would companies that paid no tax in 2015-16 be unable to benefit from a tax cut so as to invest more and help lift wages? – Fact Check

Fact check: Would companies that paid no tax in 2015-16 be unable to benefit from a tax cut so as to invest more and help lift wages? – Fact Check

Posted April 23, 2018 05:53:24 Photo: Labor senator Murray Watt says that five companies who signed a letter in support of the Government’s enterprise tax plan and did not pay tax in 2015-16 would not be in a position to boost wages should the corporate tax cuts pass the Senate. …

Facebook privacy breach: How to check right now if Cambridge Analytica got your data

Facebook privacy breach: How to check right now if Cambridge Analytica got your data

Updated April 10, 2018 23:32:10 Photo: This Facebook help page will tell you if your data has been breached by Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has released an online tool that tells users whether their data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. Key points: An estimated 87 million people had their data …

Facebook privacy breach: How to check right now if Cambridge Analytica has your data

Facebook privacy breach: How to check right now if Cambridge Analytica has your data

Posted April 10, 2018 22:50:31 Facebook has released an online tool that tells users whether their data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. A page in Facebook’s help centre will now tell you whether you or a friend were affected. The social media giant said it would be rolling out …

Fact check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year? – Fact Check

Fact check: Were 400 white South African farmers murdered last year? – Fact Check

Posted April 05, 2018 07:10:25 Photo: Former prime minister Tony Abbott says that 400 white farmers have been murdered in South Africa over the past 12 months. (ABC News: Matthew Roberts) The claim The plight of South Africa’s farmers caught the attention of local politicians recently when Home Affairs Minister …

Fact check: Are one in 10 workers in Australia on temporary work visas? – Fact Check

Fact check: Are one in 10 workers in Australia on temporary work visas? – Fact Check

Posted March 27, 2018 16:59:18 Photo: Secretary of the ACTU, Sally McManus, says that one in 10 workers in Australia are on temporary work visas. (AAP: Erik Anderson) The claim Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus has called for an end to Australia’s uncapped temporary working visa system. …

Fact check: Will the move to make codeine prescription-only save 100 lives a year? – Fact Check

Fact check: Will the move to make codeine prescription-only save 100 lives a year? – Fact Check

Posted March 23, 2018 06:07:33 Photo: Health Minister Greg Hunt says that up to 100 lives a year could be saved by the move to make over-the-counter codeine products prescription-only. (AAP: Lukas Coch) The claim Australians now need to visit a doctor to obtain codeine after the drug was taken …