In June of this year the Federal government announced its White Paper on the vision for Northern Australia. It includes an ambitious plan to turn the north into an “economic powerhouse.” The vision it espouses is to transform northern cities, such as Darwin, into an investment gateway into Asia. The
Healthy democracies require a meaningful, enlightened and informed debate about the policies the current government is seeking to pursue. That debate should involve three questions. Firstly, we must be clear on which ideologies are driving policy choices. Secondly, the manner in which those policies will better the country in the
It is unambiguously clear that Australia faces serious economic challenges. The iron ore price has fallen from above $100USD a tonne to below $50USD, resulting in serious impacts to the miners, the industries that act as scaffolding around them, and the revenue that the government draws from all of them
Australia has the honour of hosting the G20 summit this November in Brisbane, and as chairman, Prime Minister Abbott is responsible for setting the agenda. The agenda currently includes many issues that you would expect to be discussed, such as economic growth, tax evasion and unemployment, but presently, there is
The Comprehensive Plan of Action for Indochinese Refugees (CPA) has been praised for upholding ‘international solidarity’ and responding to what was the burgeoning refugee crisis of 1989. It has also been criticised for its execution, with critics arguing that it is an example of international buck-passing and questionable compromises.
On September 18 Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the government’s decision to effectively abolish AusAID by integrating it into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He cited ‘confused responsibilities, duplication and waste’ as reasons for the merger, and suggested that now the ‘aid and diplomatic arms of
Minister for Finance, Penny Wong has released an eight page booklet outlining the ALP’s costings of the opposition’s policy pledges entitled Pre-Budget Deficit: Tony Abbott and the Coalition. Of course, the public doesn’t expect all such pledges to be implemented, but if they were, Labor predicts that