Members' Forum

24May2018

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has withdrawn her support for the government's tax cuts for large companies.

But a spokesperson for One Nation has denied its backflip was due to the coming Longman byelection in Queensland, where recent ReachTEL polling by the Australia Institute found up to 38 per cent of One Nation voters wanted company taxes increased.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has been quoted as saying the package would be taken to the next election, along with the personal income tax cuts announced in the recent budget.

Senator Cormann said the personal...

10May2018

Some political commentators are forecasting a 2018 general election in either September or October following the Federal Budget and the tax relief measures it contained.

But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is aiming for a federal ballot in the first half of 2019, probably in April or May.

In the wake of another flurry of citizenship-related resignations by federal politicians this week, some analysts are saying the prospect of five by-elections will be tests of voter sentiment and the competing tax plans of Labor and the Coalition.

So, do you think we are...

26Apr2018

Treasurer Scott Morrison has reconfirmed his commitment to offer personal income tax relief and said the government will scrap plans to increase the Medicare levy by $57 billion in a powerful demonstration of faith in economic growth.

The 0.5 per cent rise on the existing two per cent levy was announced in last year’s budget to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Seniors’ has submitted its ‘wish-list’ to government, asking there be no changes to private health insurance premiums until reforms can address underlying cost factors, an increase in the...

12Apr2018

Malcolm Turnbull has rebuffed suggestions he will not be leading the Coalition to the next election.

His former deputy Barnaby Joyce this week suggested the Prime Minister should think about stepping down if opinion polls don’t improve by Christmas.

Mr Turnbull has suffered his 30th straight Newspoll loss, a benchmark he had used to topple Tony Abbott for the top job.

Can Mr Turnbull unify the Liberals and do you think he will lead the Coalition to the next election?

The latest possible date for a simultaneous half-Senate and House of Representatives election is...

29Mar2018

Australians are still reeling from the cricket ball tampering scandal, which has tarnished the country’s sporting reputation.

There is no doubt it was an ill-considered act bound to be discovered, given the number of cameras trained on the players in Cape Town.

But is the continuing fallout from the incident an example of national ‘navel-gazing’ at a time when there are far more pressing issues to consider, such as the possibility of a global trade war or the need for tax reform at home?

Or is it an example of change in our culture showing a deterioration in the...