Members' Forum

10Nov2016

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has sent shockwaves around the world.

His ‘promises’ include building a wall on America’s border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants, banning Muslims from entering the US, cutting taxes and tearing up trade treaties.

It remains to be seen just how his policies will affect Australia or if he has been indulging in empty rhetoric to win votes.

With Republicans in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it appears Trump may have an easier job passing legislation than Democrat President...

27Oct2016

A new report by the Community Council for Australia has painted a less than rosy picture of how the country is performing against key values and goals prioritised by more than 60 charity and non-government organisations.

Compared with most other OECD countries, our rates of incarceration are high, suicide rates are higher than our road toll and inequality is growing.

We volunteer less and give less as a percentage of our income than we did five years ago. We are slipping down the international corruption scale just as we are slipping down the scale of international generosity...

13Oct2016

NSW Premier Mike Baird has admitted he ‘got it wrong’ in banning greyhound racing in the state.

He overturned the ban despite the greyhound racing inquiry findings that there was ‘overwhelming evidence of systemic animal cruelty, including mass greyhound killings and live baiting’.

Baird has also promised to install shark nets off  the state’s northern beaches following 12 shark attacks.

This reverses his original position opposing netting.  

Has political pressure triumphed over animal welfare in Baird’s backflips?

06Oct2016

On the third and final day of the parliamentary hearings into the big four banks, doubts are emerging that any of them will change their ways.

NAB has apologised over the financial advice scandal, the Commonwealth Bank has apologised over the CommInsure scandals and ANZ admitted its profits from credit cards were ‘well above’ most of its other businesses.

The government is promising significant change but Labor's Matt Thistlethwaite, who is deputy chair of the committee holding the inquiry, said what some whistle blowers have exposed in the inquiry was only the tip of the...

29Sep2016

Republican Donald Trump says he will step up his verbal attack on rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, at the next US presidential debate.

Trump said he did not attack Clinton over the marital infidelity of her husband because her daughter was in the room during the debate in Washington on Monday night.

Trump himself had a high profile affair with Marla Maples, who became his second wife, while he was still married to first wife Ivana. He is now married to his third wife, Melania.

Clinton has accused Trump of being racist, sexist and a tax dodger.

Do such character...