Fleet managers warn of safety risks in FBT changes

By Julian Bajkowski The Australian Fleet Management Association (AFMA) has intensified its campaign against Canberra’s removal of longstanding concessions for new car buyers under the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) regime, warning the changes could undermine both fleet and road safety. The national group, which represents both fleet buyers and sellers, says surveys it conducted during […]

Government ICT data spend released

By Lilia Guan   The Australian Government had an annual expenditure of $5 billion, special minister of State Gary Gray said.   He released a report outlining expenditure by government departments in 2008-09 and 2009-10.   “The government’s investment in ICT is improving the way it delivers services to the community and industry.”   Australia’s […]

Councils mixed on stingy budget

By Paul Hemsley   The associations are unanimously in favour of 'Roads to Recovery' and 'Federal Assistance Grants', but simultaneously “disappointed” that funding for other programs were cut to return Australia to surplus.   President of the Australian Local Government Association and Mayor of North Sydney Genia McCaffery said she was happy the government will […]

ALGA wants Federal Budget to focus on infrastructure

The rebuilding of infrastructure in flood-ravaged areas shouldn't overshadow the need for ongoing funding in the Federal Budget, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has said. ALGA president Genia McCaffery said local government was at the forefront of the recovery. “The flooding will cost Queensland councils up to $2 billion alone,” she said. “I welcome […]

Crisis will challenge Federation: BCA

By Adam Coleman The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is calling for a coordinated fiscal response from Australia’s Federal and state government’s to stimulate growth and prevent the worst aspects of the global economic downturn arriving on our shores. “The global economic crisis is a defining moment for Australia’s federation,” BCA president Greig Gailey said […]

Councils applaud local infrastructure investment

By Adam Coleman Local Government across Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of the $300 million Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. While some estimates have put the cost of addressing Australia’s local infrastructure backlog at around $15 billion, local government has heralded the funding announced at today’s inaugural Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) […]

BCA releases emissions reduction policy

By Adam Coleman The Business Council of Australia has released its emissions reduction policy, based around a cap and trade emissions trading scheme, together with immediate and long-term emissions reduction targets, and the development and introduction of low-emissions technologies. “The business community has developed a broad consensus on a way forward that recognises the complexity […]


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