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Debt Levy Another Example Of Government’s Twisted Priorities, Says Shorten

The Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, has attacked the proposed debt levy as another example of the Abbott government’s twisted priorities.

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The debt levy was floated in weekend newspapers as a possible feature of the government’s first Budget to be delivered on May 13. It is suggested the levy will be imposed on high income earners and would be used to balance budget cuts more likely to hit those on lower incomes. [Read more…]


Question Time Ended As Government Wins Technical Victory On Suspension Motion

2.50pm – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has ended Question Time, following an attempt by the Opposition to move a no-confidence motion in her.

The motion to suspend Standing Orders was carried 73-71 but failed because it needed to reach an absolute majority of 76 votes.

The House of Representatives has now moved on to routine business as Labor members left the chamber to prepare for the 4.30pm leadership ballot.

Sky News is reporting the Gillard camp claims it still has 58 certain votes to defeat Rudd.

Backbencher Graham Perrett (Moreton, Queensland) has said he will support Gillard. Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles says he will support Rudd.

There are some suggestions from Sky’s Peter van Onselen that Kevin Rudd may not nominate. Rudd has maintained since his defeat in February last year that he will not challenge.

Sky’s Kieren Gilbert read a text he said was from the Gillard camp: “Simon Crean is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rudd enterprises.”



Graham Perrett Refers Slipper Conspiracy Allegations To Federal Police

Graham Perrett, the federal Labor member for Moreton, has referred information from the Federal Court decision on the Peter Slipper-James Ashby sexual harassment case to the Australian Federal Police.

In his letter, Perrett says Mal Brough, Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop, Mark McArdle, James Ashby and Karen Doane “may have committed criminal offences in relation to their participation in a political conspiracy designed to harm the Honourable Peter Slipper MP and the Federal Government”.

The text and PDF version of Perrett’s letter appear below. [Read more…]