QLD stacks up reconstruction grants

By Paul Hemsley Queensland’s Diamantina Shire Council will receive $3.9 million in an ‘advance disaster funding’ process, accelerating the flow of reconstruction dollars. The south western council made the submission to the Queensland government for 17 dirt roads and a levy in Bedourie. Advance payments are made to councils in devastated areas, which they can […]

New roundtable on climate change

The Federal Government has announced the creation of a new non-government roundtable to provide advice on climate change policies. The roundtable will include leaders from across the community sector, including local government, unions, social services and environmental groups. It will provide advice to the Government on the introduction of a new carbon price, including issues […]

Government welcomes new watchdog

The Federal Government has appointed Allan Asher as the new Commonwealth Ombudsman. Mr Asher is currently the inaugural chief executive of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. He previously held positions as the chief executive of EnergyWatch in the UK and non-executive Board Member of the UK Office of Fair Trading. He was also deputy […]

Ombudsmen fundamental to democracy: Brent

Public sector officials have been reminded of the importance of government 'watchdogs' by the Acting Commonwealth and ACT Ombudsman Ron Brent. The Ombudsman’s new office premises were officially opened last week by Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State Senator Joe Ludwig. Mr Brent used the occasion to remind government officials of the relevancy of […]

Greater protection for whistleblowers

By Angela Dorizas Public servants who blow the whistle on maladministration will be protected from prosecution under a proposed Federal Government scheme. Cabinet Secretary, Senator Joe Ludwig, last night unveiled Australia's first federal law on whistleblower protection. “The Rudd Government is progressing its election commitment to ensure appropriate processes are put in place, and protections […]

Human Rights Commissioner welcomes independent national security monitor

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government's commitment to appoint an independent national security monitor. Human Rights Commissioner, Cathy Branson, said the passage of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill would help strengthen Australia's human rights protections. “This legislation means that a Monitor will be in place with the important role of […]


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