WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

WA budget: Treasurer Ben Wyatt not willing to get ‘beaten up’ over gold royalty hike

By Eliza Laschon Posted May 11, 2018 15:35:29 Photo: Ben Wyatt welcomes his budget being described as boring. (Supplied: West Australian) West Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt has decided not to go head to head with major industry in his second state budget, but has left the door open for a …

Pension age hike will force thousands of elderly Australians on to Newstart | Australia news

Half of the 51,300 older Australians affected by an increase in the age pension age would move on to Newstart or the disability support pension in the first year alone, new figures suggest. The Coalition has long proposed increasing the age pension age from 67 to 70, kicking in from …

Wall Street sinks on China trade woes, Fed rate hike expected in June

Wall Street sinks on China trade woes, Fed rate hike expected in June

Posted May 03, 2018 07:51:08 Wall Street fell considerably over the prospect of the United States potentially imposing restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies — stoking investors’ concerns about worsening US-China trade relations. Markets at 7:20am (AEST): ASX SPI 200 futures +0.1pc, ASX 200 (Wednesday close) +0.6pc to 6,050. AUD: 74.94 …

NDIS funding certainty needed after Medicare levy hike ditched, Kurt Fearnley says

NDIS funding certainty needed after Medicare levy hike ditched, Kurt Fearnley says

Updated April 26, 2018 17:12:18 Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley says continued uncertainty surrounding National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding is pulling advocates’ attention away from other issues, and he has called for guaranteed permanent funding for the scheme. Key points: Guaranteed permanent funding is needed to support people with …

Dropping the Medicare levy hike is an awkward look for Scott Morrison after 2017’s budget sell

Dropping the Medicare levy hike is an awkward look for Scott Morrison after 2017’s budget sell

Updated April 26, 2018 12:11:52 Photo: Last year, Scott Morrison said the increase would help people like his brother-in-law, Gary. (AAP: Mick Tsikas) Related Story: Medicare levy turnaround ‘a win’ for everyone, Morrison claims Related Story: Medicare levy increase ditched, creating $8 billion NDIS shortfall Putting a family member at …

Show us the money, says disability sector as Scott Morrison scraps Medicare tax hike

Show us the money, says disability sector as Scott Morrison scraps Medicare tax hike

Updated April 26, 2018 06:27:49 Photo: Treasurer Scott Morrison says the NDIS can be funded without the Medicare levy increase. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Disability advocates are cautiously welcoming news the Federal Government has found a different way to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Australians were set to pay …

Rural fire service announced for WA in wake of Yarloop blaze, funded by levy hike

Rural fire service announced for WA in wake of Yarloop blaze, funded by levy hike

Updated April 13, 2018 16:05:51 Photo: The 2015 Yarloop bushfire sparked the decision to establish the rural fire division. (AAP/DFES) A specialist division will be set up within Western Australia’s emergency services agency to deal with rural bushfires in the wake of the devastating 2016 Yarloop blaze. The State Government …