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Archives for 2015

First Turnbull Ministry – Revised

This is the revised Turnbull ministry, released today.

If follows the resignation of Jamie Briggs and the standing aside of Mal Brough.

Brough’s duties as Minister for Defence Materiel and Science have been assumed by the Defence Minister, Senator Marise Payne. The Finance Minister, Senator Mathias Cormann, has taken over as Special Minister of State.

Brigg’s duties as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment have been taken on the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt. [Read more…]


Queensland Parliament Passes Bill For Referendum To Introduce Fixed Four-Year Terms

The Queensland Legislative Assembly has passed a bill to enable a referendum to be held on the question of introducing fixed four-year parliamentary terms.

The referendum will be held in the new year. It will ask voters to approve a fixed four-year term for the Legislative Assembly. The new term would come into operation after the next election. Future elections would take place on the last Saturday in October.

Queensland has a unicameral (single chamber) Parliament consisting of just the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Council was abolished in 1922. [Read more…]


Reserve Bank Leaves Interest Rates On Hold; Cash Rate Stays At 2%

At its final meeting for the year, the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to leave interest rates on hold.

The cash rate remains at 2%, where it has been since May 2015.

Statement from Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.

The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some softening in conditions in the Asian region, continuing US growth and a recovery in Europe. Key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago, reflecting increased supply, including from Australia, as well as weaker demand. Australia’s terms of trade are falling. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull: Statement Of Ministerial Standards

This is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Statement of Ministerial Standards.

The document was released following Turnbull’s replacement of Tony Abbott as prime minister on September 15. [Read more…]


Standing Orders And Other Orders Of The Senate

This is the latest edition of the Senate’s Standing Orders, correct to November 11, 2015.

The PDF below may be resized and downloaded. [Read more…]


Queensland Parliamentary Committee Recommends Fixed Four-Year Terms

A Queensland parliamentary committee has recommended that the parliament proceed with moves towards introducing fixed four-year terms for the Legislative Assembly.

The Finance and Administration Committee recommended amendments to a proposed bill that would provide for a referendum to be put to the electorate in 2016 that would introduce fixed four-year terms.

The proposal has bipartisan support from the ALP and the Liberal National Party (LNP). [Read more…]


Barry Jones: Whitlam’s Vision Of Social Democracy – Parliament And Party

This is a paper presented by Barry Jones at a symposium conducted by the Whitlam Institute.

The symposium was titled: Gough Whitlam and the Social Democratic Imagination: the challenge for contemporary public policy.

Barry Jones was a Victorian state member of parliament (MLA Melbourne 1972-77) and then the federal member for Lalor (1977-98). He was Minister for Science and Technology in the Hawke government between 1983 and 1990.

Jones’ paper is notable for its pessimism about the capacity of the ALP to tackle contemporary public policy issues. He says that Gough Whitlam, Don Dunstan, Lionel Murphy and Jim Cairns were “the figures that changed the face of the ALP” in the 1960s and 1970s. He instances powerful figures of the Bob Hawke era, such as Bill Hayden, Mick Young and Kim Beazley, as well as Clyde Cameron. In this decade, however, Jones doubts that we could “identify nine current Labor politicians with equivalent intellectual power and persistence. [Read more…]


Liberal Party Review Of The 2014 State Election

This is the Victorian Liberal Party’s review of the 2014 State Election.

The review is titled: Good Government for Victoria. It was put together by Dr. David Kemp, a former President of Victorian Division of the Liberal Party and the former federal member for Goldstein.

The review’s Advisory Panel consisted of: Donna Bauer, Andrea Coote, Russel Howcroft, Amanda Millar, Hugh Morgan, John Roskam and Julian Sheezel.

The Liberal-Nationals government of Denis Napthine was defeated after just one term in 2014, winning 38 seats out of a possible 88, a net loss of 7 seats. It was elected under the leadership of Ted Baillieu in 2010. [Read more…]


Joe Hockey (Lib – North Sydney) – Valedictory Speech

The former Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has delivered his valedictory speech to the House of Representatives.

Hockey

Hockey will resign this week and is expected to be appointed Australian Ambassador to the United States, replacing former ALP leader Kim Beazley. [Read more…]


Interest Rates Still On Hold As Reserve Bank Maintains 2% Cash Rate

The Reserve Bank’s cash rate remains unchanged at 2%, following today’s meeting of the bank’s board.

The rate was last changed in May 2015, when it was cut by 0.25% to 2%.

In a statement on behalf of the Board, the bank’s Governor, Glenn Stevens, noted that “other major central banks are continuing to ease policy”. He said: “In Australian, the available information suggest that moderate expansion in the economy continues.”

“Low interest rates are acting to support borrowing and spending,” Stevens said.

Statement from Glenn Stevens, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.

The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, with some further softening in conditions in China and east Asia of late, but stronger US growth. Key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago, in part reflecting increased supply, including from Australia. Australia’s terms of trade are falling. [Read more…]