'Trust deficit': Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

‘Trust deficit’: Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking to Institute of Public Administration ahead of the Thodey public service review being handed to […]

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Brendan Nelson to step down as head of Australian War Memorial | Australia news

Brendan Nelson to step down as head of Australian War Memorial | Australia news

The head of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, will leave the role at the end of this year. The government has announced that Nelson, who has directed the institution for seven years, will not stay on beyond his current term. The veterans affairs minister, Darren Chester, said a national search would now begin to […]

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Coalition rules out further cut to migration numbers amid decentralisation push | Australia news

Coalition rules out further cut to migration numbers amid decentralisation push | Australia news

The Coalition says it will not consider a further cut to migration numbers as a new committee prepares to examine how to encourage people to move to the regions. The chair of the committee, Liberal MP Julian Leeser, told Guardian Australia that the quality of life of the nation depended on solving the policy challenge […]

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The no-growth future: has Australia’s economy finally run out of luck? | Business

The no-growth future: has Australia’s economy finally run out of luck? | Business

Wages are stagnant. Wealth is falling. House prices are down. Consumers aren’t spending. Businesses aren’t investing. Interest rates are at record lows and may be heading for zero. The federal government and Reserve Bank seem locked in an arm wrestle over whether fiscal or monetary policy should be used to generate more stimulus. Unemployment has […]

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Angus Taylor's department ignored advice not to run $2.4m energy ad blitz before Christmas | Australia news

Angus Taylor’s department ignored advice not to run $2.4m energy ad blitz before Christmas | Australia news

Angus Taylor’s department ignored advice warning not to run a $2.43m taxpayer-funded ad blitz spruiking the government’s energy policies in the lead-up to Christmas, internal documents show. The multimillion-dollar “Powering Forward” campaign boasted of the government’s efforts to bring down power prices, using ads in newspapers and on digital news sites, social media, television and […]

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$600bn of spending needed over next 15 years, Infrastructure Australia says | Australia news

$600bn of spending needed over next 15 years, Infrastructure Australia says | Australia news

Australia’s cities are straining under the weight of the country’s rapid population growth, with a major audit finding that $600bn in new spending is needed to keep pace with demand over the next 15 years. Joining calls from the Reserve Bank governor for the Coalition to prioritise spending on infrastructure, the head of Infrastructure Australia, […]

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Labor senator says 'unnecessary' vegan activist bill 'unlikely to actually be used' | Australia news

Labor senator says ‘unnecessary’ vegan activist bill ‘unlikely to actually be used’ | Australia news

The Labor senator Kim Carr has branded proposed new penalties for encouraging trespass on agricultural land “unnecessary”, joining the Law Council in expressing concern about the Coalition’s “vegan activist” bill. Carr said the bill is “unlikely to actually be used” but has the potential for unintended consequences, including limiting trade union activity or for whistleblowers […]

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Gillian Triggs says 'vindictive point-scoring' behind Coalition's medevac repeal | Australia news

Gillian Triggs says ‘vindictive point-scoring’ behind Coalition’s medevac repeal | Australia news

The Coalition government’s campaign against the refugee medical evacuation laws is based on “mistruths” and “vindictive point-scoring”, the former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, says. On Friday Triggs was appointed United Nations assistant high commissioner for protection, working with the UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi. Grandi said Triggs would […]

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Birmingham warns MPs to think twice before speaking out on 'sensitive' China matters | Australia news

Birmingham warns MPs to think twice before speaking out on ‘sensitive’ China matters | Australia news

Andrew Hastie should have considered whether his comments on China were “helpful” or “necessary”, the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has said, as the government deals with the political fallout of the Liberal MP’s inflammatory remarks. Hastie, a conservative MP from Western Australia who chairs parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security, penned a column last […]

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CPAC: Nigel Farage claims Malcolm Turnbull 'a snake' and lauds rejection of 'trendy' leaders | Politics

CPAC: Nigel Farage claims Malcolm Turnbull ‘a snake’ and lauds rejection of ‘trendy’ leaders | Politics

Nigel Farage has labelled Malcolm Turnbull a snake and celebrated Australia and Britain’s shift from “trendy, metro” leaders to “real” conservative leaders. Introduced as “quite possibly” the next British prime minister, the Eurosceptic and rightwing figure on Saturday addressed a crowd of about 500 at the Conservative Political Action Conference Australia in Sydney. Farage told […]

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