Agreement puts councils, Indigenous up for constitutional recognition

By Rob O'Brien A referendum on the constitutional recognition of local government and Indigenous Australians could take place in the next Parliament following an agreement signed by the Labor Party and the Greens. The formal agreement signed today by Prime Minsiter Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan, and Greens leader Senator Bob Brown, Christine Milne and Adam […]

ELECTION 2010: Calls for PS jobs guarantee

By Angela Dorizas Prime Minister Julia Gillard has refuted claims that she would cut the public service to pay for election commitments. Ms Gillard last week announced that there would be “unpopular cutbacks” to fund future policies and return the budget to surplus within three years. Speaking in Brisbane on Sunday, Ms Gillard reassured government […]

Local politicians lead on climate change

  Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong.  Image: Eddie Misic.   By Angela Dorizas Local government has a unique opportunity to lead on climate change action, Minster for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong, has said. In an address to the Australian Local Government Association national general assembly, Senator Wong praised the work of councils […]

MP pay rise after two year freeze

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has accepted a Remuneration Tribunal recommendation for a 3 per cent pay increase for politicians. The recommendation follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s two year freeze on parliamentary salaries. The 3 per cent increase will provide backbenchers with a base salary of $131,000. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard stressed that the tribunal’s […]


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