Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 2 : 25-Mar-19
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has advised that Labor will resume indexation of some Medicare benefits from July if it wins the federal election. Labor imposed the Medicare freeze in 2013, and it has been extended twice by the Coalition government. Shorten has indicated that the health system will be Labor’s top priority at the upcoming poll. He claims that the Liberals’ spending cuts mean that Australians are now paying more than ever to see a GP or a specialist. The Medicare freeze was slated to remain in place until July 2020.
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES. MEDICARE AUSTRALIA
Original article by Simon Benson, Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Mar-19
The New South Wales government is set to retain office with a majority of up to two seats after gaining 42.7 per cent of the primary vote in the state election on 23 March. Labor’s primary vote was 33 per cent, while the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party won two seats from the National Party in regional and rural areas. Meanwhile, the federal government is expected to hold an election on 11 May, with a five-week election campaign likely to be announced days after the Budget on 2 April. Sources have indicated that the government will seek to shore up support in regional and rural areas by including a regional economic development package in the Budget.
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SHOOTERS, FISHERS AND FARMERS PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, NATIONAL IRRIGATORS COUNCIL LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET
Original article by Michele Levine, Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 14-Mar-19
The lack of jobs growth over the last year will be a significant concern for the Federal Government, which is due to seek re-election at a Federal election expected in mid-May. As well as the lack of employment growth over the past year the latest Roy Morgan Business Confidence rating for February of only 105.6 – the lowest since August 2015 – indicates Australia’s businesses are waiting for the political uncertainty to clear in a few months’ time. The consecutive ratings below 110 are the slowest start to a year for Business Confidence since the index began. The latest Australian GDP figures showed the economy growing by only 0.2% in the December 2018 quarter, the slowest rate of growth for over two years since a quarterly contraction of 0.5% in the September 2016 quarter. Given the political uncertainty facing Australia over the next two months, with a New South Wales election later in March before the Federal election expected in mid-May, the prospects for the economy and employment growth in the short-term appear to be limited. However, the Federal Government has a chance to ‘reboot the economy’ with a stimulative Federal Budget due to be delivered on the first Tuesday in April. The Budget is also the Morrison Government’s last chance to save their chances of re-election as the Roy Morgan Poll, and other polls, have consistently shown the ALP heading towards an easy election victory.
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Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: Online : 11-Mar-19
Former vice-chancellor of the University of Notre Dame Celia Hammond has been selected by the Liberal Party as its new candidate for the seat of Curtin. The seat is currently held by former foreign minister Julie Bishop, who is not standing again at the upcoming federal election. Foreign policy analyst Erin Watson-Lyn, who was being backed by moderate allies of Bishop, secured only one vote in the preselection. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tweeted his congratulations to Hammond, who joined the Liberal Party in December.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, LIBERAL PARTY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE
Original article by David Crowe
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 8-Mar-19
Tony Abbott has backtracked on his call for Australia to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Abbott was all for pulling out of the agreement last July, and it is now clear that his crusade was all about trying to hurt then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and replacing him with a new leader, rather than energy policy. Abbott is clearly worried that Zali Steggall, who is running against him as an independent candidate and who has been campaigning strongly on climate action, has a good chance of beating him.
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News.com.au – Page: Online : 8-Mar-19
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has claimed in an interview with British journalist Andrew Neil that he was ousted because the Liberal Party believed that he would win the 2019 election. Turnbull maintains that the Coalition had been in a winnable position when he was ousted in August. He says public opinion polls of the time showed that support for the Coalition and Labor was evenly split, and that the Coalition was ahead in marginal seats. Turnbull adds that the Liberals can still win the election, but notes that successor Scott Morrison is faring worse than him in the polls.
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Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 5-Mar-19
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will tell a business summit on 5 March that the differences on economic policy between the Coalition and Labor are the greatest they have been for over 40 years. Morrison will also announce a $328 million commitment for programs aimed at preventing domestic violence and support for victims. Morrison will also tell the summit that the 2019 federal election presents a choice between "enterprise and envy".
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Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 22-Feb-19
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is confident that the Coalition will win the upcoming federal election, citing its strong credentials regarding border protection and economic management. Bishop has ended speculation about her political future by confirming that she will not recontest the safe seat of Curtin in Western Australia. Bishop has been in federal parliament since 1998, and she served as deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018.
LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF JOBS AND SMALL BUSINESS, UNITED NATIONS. SECURITY COUNCIL
Original article by Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 2 : 19-Feb-19
CFMMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Steve Smyth has accused the state government of a "go-slow" on approving Adani’s $2 billion Carmichael coal mine. It has been suggested that the government is trying to delay approval of the mine until after the federal election, so as to minimise any potential political damage to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Smyth says people in regional Queensland want to see the mine proceed, while he contends that thousands of jobs in the Galilee Basin are at risk if the state government does not approve the mine.
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Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 15-Feb-19
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accused Labor of siding with large energy companies over its role in having the federal government withdraw legislation to force them to sell assets if they fail to reduce electricity prices. With the Greens having secured the consent of Labor and six crossbenchers to have the legislation amended so that the government could not subsidise new coal-fired power stations, the government withdrew it, knowing that it would have been defeated in the House of Representatives. The government will now take the legislation, which has been attacked by energy companies and big business, to the upcoming election.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AGL ENERGY LIMITED – ASX AGL, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIAN ENERGY COUNCIL