Julie Collins, Katie Gallagher: Overhaul of Commonwealth Procurement Rules

Under a major change, up to $14b will be spent on helping small and medium businesses struggling with mounting costs to bounce back from Covid-19. The rules governing Commonwealth spending will be changed to double the opportunities for small and medium business from Friday. Under major changes to procurement rules, up to 20 percent of … Read more

Independents spit the dummy over Albanese’s staff cuts proposal

Some Independents have expressed public outrage at the proposed staff cuts by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson. ONLY WEEKS into the tenure of the new Federal Labor Government, some Independents have in the last 24 hours threatened to block legislation if their parliamentary staff numbers are reduced, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese … Read more

Budget: Treasurer Jim Chalmers flags budget cuts could go further than anticipated

As Australians struggle with a cost of living crisis, the Treasurer has flagged bigger cuts are on the way. The Treasurer has issued a warning that big cuts lie ahead as he prepares to hand down his first budget later this year. Jim Chalmers and his Finance Minister Katy Gallagher said they were combing through … Read more

Sacrifices by the working class will worsen our homeless crisis

A strategy by Treasurer Jim Chalmers on fixing our budget situation could worsen Australia’s poverty, suicide and homeless statistics, writes Gerry Georgatos. *CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide WE LEAVE people behind, particularly our most vulnerable. More than 100 of Western Australia’s street homeless die on the streets each year. More than half of the … Read more

ACT elects David Pocock as first independent senator, unseating Liberal Zed Seselja

Former rugby union star David Pocock has made history, becoming the first independent senator for a territory. This morning, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) confirmed he had unseated former ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja, taking the territory’s second Senate seat alongside Labor’s Katy Gallagher. Mr Pocock, a conservationist and former Wallabies captain, has been predicted … Read more

Anthony Albanese says his cabinet has the largest number of women in history. Is that correct?

The claim The new Labor government has moved quickly to demonstrate its bona fides on an issue that for years dogged the Coalition: female representation in its senior ranks. With the unveiling of his ministry on May 31, 2022, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese claimed to have appointed a record number of women to cabinet positions. … Read more

Covid vaccines: Further 1.5 million Aussies urged to get winter booster

Australia’s vaccine regulator has given the green light for a further 1.5 million Aussies to get a fourth Covid-19 booster shot. A fourth Covid-19 shot is being made available to a further 1.5 million of the most vulnerable Australians – dubbed a “winter booster”. Vaccine advisory body ATAGI has expanded its recommendations for an additional … Read more

Anthony Albanese takes secular affirmation of office at his swearing in

When Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister, he made one significant change to the process. Anthony Albanese has been praised for making the mention of the Queen or God during his signing in ceremony on Monday as Australia’s 31st prime minister. During his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Mr Albanese took the … Read more

Anthony Albanese confirms he’s moving to dump Phil Gaetjens

Anthony Albanese became Australia’s 31st Prime Minister at 9am on Monday. By midday, he was already making brutal changes. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed he’s already moving to dump the nation’s top public servant Phil Gaetjens, hours after being sworn in to the top job. The top public servant was controversially tasked by Scott … Read more

Australia’s new PM heads to Tokyo with climate message

It is still unclear whether Albanese’s Labor Party will win enough parliamentary seats to form an outright majority, or whether he will have to turn to independents or smaller parties for support Australia’s new prime minister Anthony Albanese took office Monday, hours before flying to a Tokyo summit with a “message to the world” that … Read more