Members' Forum

02Aug2017

Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale says his party plans to introduce Charter of Rights legislation in the next sitting of parliament, which starts next week.

“We want to see a broad range of rights protected, including digital rights, economic rights, the right to a clean environment and conventional civil and legal rights,” Dr Di Natale said.

“A Charter of Rights will give us all the opportunity to shape our own lives and help us to live with dignity and self-respect.”

But does Australia need a Charter of Rights?

20Jul2017

Police in Sydney this week encouraged neighbours to look out for each other after an elderly woman with a disability died alone in her home.

Police believe Anne Iddon, who was blind and had other disabilities requiring a high level of assistance, died after her husband and carer passed first of natural causes, leaving her unable to support herself or seek help.

Officers found the bodies of the "fiercely independent" pair, both in their eighties, after concerns were raised for their welfare. Neighbours described the couple as "together all the time" and "reclusive". The couple...

06Jul2017

On 4 July – American Independence Day - North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un   launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with the capability of reaching Alaska and northern Australia.

US President Donald Trump has launched tweets asking: ‘Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?’ and commented that the rogue nation was ‘behaving very badly’.

Are we heading down a path towards war in Asia or is it possible for China to bring Kim Jong-un under control? Should Donald Trump ask Russian leader Vladimir Putin to broker a deal? 

22Jun2017

Power prices are set to jump from 1 July after Origin, EnergyAustralia and AGL announced price increases for electricity and gas.

The move is expected to increase prices by up to 20 per cent or $600 a year for the average consumer in some states.

Will the prospect of higher prices force you to rethink your power consumption, turning down the heater or turning it off completely?

Or would you prefer to stay warm this winter and make savings in other areas of your household budget?

08Jun2017

The Federal Government plans to scuttle the energy supplement for new Age Pension recipients from 20 September, saving almost $1 billion over four years.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke has described the plan as “misguided” and says it’s another blow for people whose incomes are among the lowest in the country.

The cuts mean a single aged pension will drop $14 per fortnight, or $365 a year, while couples will be $21.20 a fortnight (or about $550 a year) worse off. The current aged pension tops out at $888 a fortnight for a single person and $1339.40 for a couple...