House News

July 2014

Inquiry launched into tax disputes

Fair treatment and respect of taxpayers will be examined as part of a new inquiry into how tax disputes are handled.

Call for changes to Senate voting system

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the abolition of Senate group voting tickets, the option for voters to use preferential above the line voting and changes to strengthen party registration rules.

Survey seeks views on TAFE system

If you’re a present, past or future TAFE student the House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee wants to hear from you. The committee has launched a survey as part of its investigation into the TAFE system and its operations.

June 2014

Rural patients face tougher skin cancer battle

Australia has the highest rates of survival for skin cancer compared to other forms of cancer, but that survival rate falls the further away a patient is from a major city, a federal inquiry into skin cancer has heard.

‘Made in Australia’ labelling rules under review

Possible ways to improve or simplify Australia’s country of origin food labelling system will be considered by a parliamentary inquiry.

Norfolk Island seeks to be Pacific ‘financial services hub’

Norfolk Island has put forward a proposal to a parliamentary inquiry for it to be a location for an offshore banking unit (OBU) to help raise revenue.

Northern Australia inquiry public hearings underway

Public hearings for Parliament’s inquiry into Northern Australia have begun. The first of more than 20 public hearings was held in Canberra, with the rest to be held in northern Australia until the end of May.

May 2014

Inquiry examines women’s human rights

The House of Representatives has heard that an inquiry examining the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region will not shy away from topics such as family and sexual violence, female genital mutilation and underage marriage.

Call for changes to Senate voting system

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the abolition of Senate group voting tickets, the option for voters to use preferential above the line voting and changes to strengthen party registration rules.

2013 Senate election shows system ‘does need reform’

Constitutional and electoral law expert Professor George Williams has told a parliamentary inquiry that the evidence from the 2013 Senate election suggests the current system is broken and needs reform.

April 2014

Inquiry looks at ways to improve infrastructure project planning

A new inquiry will examine whether governments at all levels are adequately prepared for Australia’s future infrastructure challenges.

Drones use on the rise

Unmanned aerial vehicles are being deployed for a variety of jobs including monitoring flying foxes, science experiments, crop dusting and the tracking of sea animals.

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