Joe Hockey Defends His Budget In Speech To The Sydney Institute

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, has delivered an aggressive defence of his first Budget, in a speech to The Sydney Institute tonight.


Hockey took issue with claims that the Budget increases inequality: “I would argue the comments about inequality in Australia are largely misguided, both from an historical perspective, and from the perspective of the Budget.” [Read more…]

In Speech To The Sydney Institute, Abbott Signals Temporary Pain In Nation-Building Budget

In a pre-Budget speech to The Sydney Institute, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reiterated his commitment to keeping the Coalition’s election promises, whilst signalling “temporary pain” in next month’s Budget.


Abbott described the annual financial statement as a “nation-building budget”. He said: “The budget pain will be temporary but the economic improvement will be permanent… This will not be a budget for the rich or the poor, it will be a budget for the country.” [Read more…]

Eric Abetz: Industrial Relations After The Thirty Years War

The Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz, has delivered a major speech on industrial relations to The Sydney Institute.

The speech came on the day allegations of bribery and corruption in the construction industry reignited the debate over unions and workplace regulation. [Read more…]

Abbott: Indigenous Issues Will Be At The Heart Of A Coalition Government In Word And Deed

Tony Abbott says engagement with Aboriginal people will be one of the hallmarks of an incoming Coalition government.

Speaking to The Sydney Institute tonight, Abbott said a non-Labor government would be “complacent, even neglectful” if it failed to address “the most intractable difficulty our country has ever faced”. [Read more…]