Government’s $89bn shipbuilding project at ‘high risk’ of expensive blowout, audit warns

Government’s $89bn shipbuilding project at ‘high risk’ of expensive blowout, audit warns

Posted May 15, 2018 14:25:24 Photo: The audit says Defence does not know how much running its OPVs will cost. (Supplied: Australian Defence Force) Related Story: Navy signs $3.5 billion deal to build offshore patrol fleet in WA and SA Related Story: The Navy’s shipbuilding deal is more complicated and …

Budget 2018: Income tax brackets and how the Government’s plan really works

Budget 2018: Income tax brackets and how the Government’s plan really works

Posted May 11, 2018 05:01:14 For something considered as certain as death, confusion reigns when it comes to income tax. The Government is selling its personal income tax plan by arguing that “94 per cent of Australian taxpayers will pay no more than 32.5 cents in the dollar”, compared to …

Budget 2018: Bill Shorten to ramp up attack on Government’s tax cuts in reply speech – Budget 2018

Budget 2018: Bill Shorten to ramp up attack on Government’s tax cuts in reply speech – Budget 2018

Posted May 10, 2018 05:42:39 Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is expected to lay out his own plan for tax cuts tonight when he gives his budget reply speech in Canberra. Political debate has been intensifying over the Coalition’s plan to restructure the tax system, which was the centrepiece of …

Budget 2018: how the Government’s surplus plan locks in high immigration

Budget 2018: how the Government’s surplus plan locks in high immigration

Posted May 09, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: A Sydney train packed with commuters during industrial action by rail workers. 25 January 2018. (Twitter: @ariskinnas) Australia has been relying on one of the highest population growth rates in the developed world to maintain economic growth, and the Government’s latest budget is no …

Government’s facial recognition scheme could be abused, lawyers warn

Government’s facial recognition scheme could be abused, lawyers warn

Updated May 03, 2018 17:47:20 A national facial recognition scheme could be misused for social surveillance and cracking down on traffic infringements unless tightly controlled, the Law Council has warned. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has introduced legislation that would allow his department to store Australian’s biometric data in a …

Secret M5 East documents reveal NSW Government’s $700m blowout: Labor

Secret M5 East documents reveal NSW Government’s $700m blowout: Labor

Posted May 03, 2018 16:18:08 Leaked internal documents obtained by the State Opposition reveal the NSW Government is facing a more than $700 million cost blowout on the new M5 section of Sydney’s WestConnex project. Labor says the leaked documents, which it made public today, show the contractor delivering the …

WestConnex land grab fails as court rules NSW Government’s acquisition ‘improper’

WestConnex land grab fails as court rules NSW Government’s acquisition ‘improper’

Posted May 01, 2018 12:36:04 Photo: The property was to be acquired for parkland, not the motorway. (Supplied: Desane) Related Story: Final stage of Sydney’s WestConnex project gets approval The NSW Government has suffered a blow in its bid to compulsorily acquire properties for the final piece of the controversial …

McGowan Government’s about-face on jobless figures, as WA unemployment rises on its watch

McGowan Government’s about-face on jobless figures, as WA unemployment rises on its watch

Posted April 29, 2018 08:03:44 When statistics released in late 2016 showed more than 90,000 West Australians were unemployed, Mark McGowan and his WA Labor colleagues were outraged. “This is a jobs crisis of monumental proportions that is of the Barnett Liberal Government’s making,” a media release from the then …

Pauline Hanson says Government’s company tax cuts wouldn’t deliver higher wages

Pauline Hanson says Government’s company tax cuts wouldn’t deliver higher wages

Updated April 24, 2018 09:24:30 One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has conceded she does not think giving Australian companies a tax cut will result in workers getting a highly sought-after wage increase. Key points: Senator Hanson concedes the bill her party has given conditional support to will not see higher …

Labor warns Government’s National Energy Guarantee will lead to renewables lag

Labor warns Government’s National Energy Guarantee will lead to renewables lag

Posted April 20, 2018 23:03:50 Photo: State and territory energy ministers have agreed to continue discussions with federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg. (ABC News: Andrew Kennedy) The Federal Government’s latest energy plan will mean no new renewable energy projects would be built in Australia for a decade, the Opposition says. Following …