Gillard green lights local government referendum as recriminations fly

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Prime Minister Julia Gillard has finally confirmed that the federal government intends hold a September 14 referendum that if successful would allow the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution, but there are signs of growing tensions and signs of fracturing support for the poll within the […]

Parliament probes how to become more friendly

By Julian Bajkowski The pugilistic conduct of federal politicians may not be a tourism winner for Canberra, but that hasn’t stopped the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) engaging in a some serious introspection in an attempt elevate the image of the House on the Hill for those visiting the halls of power. Apparently concerned that […]


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