As we approach the 2016 Australian Federal election, there hasn’t been a more important time to understand who is donating to our political parties. A new web site (politicaldonations.info) provides an easy way to visualise political donations over all years for which the AEC provides data. Continue reading New site simplifies political data
The Australian Greens today confirmed they oppose the so-called backpacker tax. The tax, which would see backpackers paying a third of their earnings in tax, has been delayed for six month, pending further investigation. Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert says nobody wins with a backpacker tax.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will be unveiling the federal budget at 7.30 tonight, amidst much speculation as to contents and whether it will win the foundering coalition the upcoming election. The usual tax cuts and funding bonuses will be announced, but what do we know for sure? ANU’s Professor Quentin Grafton broke it down for us.
The Greens have welcomed news that a bill for Senate voting reform will be introduced into parliament this week, calling on opposition leader Bill Shorten to back the changes that are supported by many within his own party. Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Bill will end the era of back room party preference deals.
The new federal government has announced they are spending an additional $100 million dollars to combat domestic violence. I spoke to Senator Larissa Waters and family lawyer Heather McKinnon about this. Continue reading Federal funding for domestic violence ‘not enough’
Last Sunday, 20 September, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his new cabinet, which saw some old faces in new roles, as well as some new faces stepping up to the front bench. I spoke to Associate Professor and Political Science academic, Sarah Maddison, about these changes and the Australian public’s perception of them.
It’s been going on for nearly a week now, spawning innumerable memes and much public discussion, and it even has its own name: choppergate. When Bronwyn Bishop used taxpayer money to charter that top-of-the-line helicopter for transport, you have to wonder if she realised the public outcry that would follow. I spoke to Greens senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon about the Greens stance on this, as well as their recommendations for resolving it.