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What's different about the 2019 federal election?

Every federal election is unique, but some are more unique than others. Due to a variety of factors such as extensive boundary redistributions and changes in legislation, the 2019 federal election is different from previous elections in a number of ways. Read more...

Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow—Government’s response to the Joyce Review

The recent 2019–20 Budget was a vehicle for the Government to announce its response to the Expert review of Australia's vocational education and training system (Joyce Review) of vocational education and training (VET): the $525.3 million Skills Package—Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow. This FlagPost outlines the key features of the review and the Government’s response. The Joyce Review The Joyce Review was commissioned in November 2018 to report by the end of March 2019. According to its terms of reference, its objective was to: focus on how the Australian Government’s investment in VET could be more effective to provide Australians with the skills ... Read more...

Online political communication—does this post need to be authorised?

‘Spoken by J Jones. Authorised by S Smith, Canberra.’ This familiar phrase, spoken rapidly at the end of a TV ad, is a common feature of Australian elections, and is an example of an authorisation statement required by law to allow voters to know the source of the advertising. While these statements have traditionally been found on political advertising on TV, radio and in newspapers, recent changes to the law have expanded the range of communications considerably, with social media, internet video and streaming music now covered (but not sky writing or graffiti). Read more...

Replacing the BasicsCard

The Government plans to move nearly 22,500 income management participants from the BasicsCard to the newer cashless debit card. Around 87 per cent of BasicsCard users are in the Northern Territory. These income management participants will join around 11,700 cashless debit card users who reside in the cashless debit trial sites of Ceduna, East Kimberley, the Goldfields, and Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. The plan is to change from the BasicsCard to the cashless debit card without changing other aspects of income management such as the proportion of their payment participants receive as cash. Both the BasicsCard and the cashless debit card schemes are designed to allow the Government to make incom... Read more...

Population Policy and the Budget
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Population Policy and the Budget

Announced two weeks prior to the 2019–20 Budget, the Morrison Government’s Population package was a combination of migration, infrastructure, higher education and regional development measures.  This FlagPost examines the population and immigration aspects of the package with reference to the 2019–20 Budget. Read more...

What might a National Integrity Commission look like?

Australia looks set to have a National Integrity Commission (NIC) of some description in the near future, with the proposal now supported by the Coalition, the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Greens and at least some of the current cross-bench. However, there is disagreement on the particular model to be adopted and differences in the published costings. In light of the funding in the 2019–20 Budget for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC), this FlagPost provides a brief overview of the different models.  Read more...

Impact of the new Child Care Subsidy

On 10 April 2019, the Government released data on children and families using child care services for the September 2018 quarter, the first three months of the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS). The data release provides a small snapshot into the impact of the recent changes to child care funding compared to previous quarters. Read more...

The 2019 federal election: key dates

On the morning of Thursday 11 April 2019 the Prime Minister visited the Governor-General and advised the dissolution of the 45th Parliament for a general election. Read more...

Snapshot of employment by industry, 2019

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases quarterly estimates of employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being February 2019. The next available data (May 2019) will be released on 20 June 2019.  Read more...

Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Bill 2019

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Members’ Interests First) Bill 2019 (the Bill) introduced into the House of Representatives on 20 February 2019 would require insurance in superannuation to be offered to members on an ‘opt-in’ rather than the current ‘opt-out’ basis where the member is under the age of 25 or the member has an account balance below $6,000. The changes made by the Bill will apply from 1 October 2019 and implement the Government’s original objective under the ‘Protecting Your Super Package’ announced in the 2018–19 Budget. Read more...

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