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Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019

The Governor-General Amendment (Salary) Bill 2019 (the Bill) was introduced in the House of Representatives on 14 February 2019 by the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and passed on 20 February 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to set the salary for the incoming Governor-General. Read more...

United States Senate shows President a red light on war powers as Labor promises a war powers inquiry in Australia

On 13 December 2018, the United States Senate passed a Resolution directing the US President to withdraw US armed forces from hostilities in Yemen. Although it will need to pass the House of Representatives before becoming law, the Resolution is historic because it is the first time that the Senate has voted to use the US War Powers Resolution to restrict a President’s use of military force. Australia does not have an equivalent law, however, the December National Labor Party Conference resolved that a Shorten Labor Government would hold an inquiry into how Australia makes decisions to send service personnel into international armed conflict.   Read more...

Career backgrounds of Australia’s Governors-General

On 16 December 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the Queen had approved his recommendation that the next Governor-General would be His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC DSC (Retd). This Flagpost provides information on the career backgrounds of Australia's Governors-General. Read more...

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