Members' Forum

01Feb2018

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten this week labelled private health insurance ‘a con’, but health fund Bupa says people want cheaper cover that excludes some conditions.

Mr Shorten made the cost of private health cover and the quality of cover provided a major theme of his first big speech for the year. He noted many more policies now had exclusions and argued that meant consumers were getting less value for money.

National Seniors knows that the rising cost of health cover is one of members’ biggest worries. In a survey late last year, members said if private health...

18Jan2018

One of the topics that’s exercised the pollies and others over the summer has been the date Australia Day is celebrated.

Poll results released today by the Canberra think-tank The Australia Institute has shown that 56 per cent of Australians don’t mind when it’s held, provided there is a national day of celebration.

Less than half of poll respondents identified the First Fleet arriving in Sydney Cove in 1788 as the reason why January 26 is the current date. But nearly half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed believed Australia Day shouldn’t be on a date that is offensive to...

21Dec2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reshuffled his Cabinet and his government’s one seat majority has been secured by John Alexander’s win in the Bennelong by-election.

Gay marriage has been passed into law and Labor’s Sam Dastyari has said he will not return to the Senate next year.

The outlook for the government in 2018 should be looking up, but 25 successive opinion polls would indicate otherwise.

Although voters still prefer Mr Turnbull  as prime minister to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, do you think this will last?

Or has Australia had enough of...

07Dec2017

Former prime minister John Howard says Labor Senator Sam Dastyari should leave parliament.

Mr Howard also accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of protecting the embattled Senator Dastyari because he relies on his factional support.

Mr Shorten has refused to call on Senator Dastyari to resign from the Senate or the Labor Party.

Senator Dastyari is reported to have told Chinese Communist Party-aligned donor, Huang Xiangmo that his phone might be tapped, a move which has been widely condemned.

Should Senator Dastyari resign?

23Nov2017

The Federal Government has cancelled next week’s parliamentary sitting week to allow the Senate time to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it returns to the House of Representatives.

The Lower House was due to sit for two weeks from Monday but will instead sit for one week from December 4, with an option of extending sittings for another week.

The move comes amid the MPs’ citizenship crisis and a backbench push for a royal commission into the banks. Some backbenchers are threatening to cross the floor to set up a banking commission.

It remains to be seen...