Abbott reaffirms 12,000 Commonwealth jobs to go

By Julian Bajkowski Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has used his Budget reply speech to reaffirm a previous promise to eliminate 12,000 Commonwealth jobs from the public service if elected. The recommitment to slash public service positions comes just one night after Treasurer Wayne Swan allayed fears of mass redundancies by announcing that only around […]

Positions splinter on NSW planning overhaul

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Extensive changes to planning and development laws proposed by the New South Wales government have produced widely divergent positions among key stakeholders in the local government and property development sectors as negotiations with Macquarie Street start in earnest. NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Brad Hazzard announced the proposed […]

South Australia creates corruption watchdog

By Paul Hemsley South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced that an Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) will finally be on the beat in the state by mid-2013 after enabling legislation was passed this week. The creation of a new corruption watchdog comes after years of government opposition to the establishment of the role and […]

Councils list election demands

In the lead up to the March State Election, the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW (LGSA) have set out their policy priorities. The LGSA have warned all political parties that councils and communities should no longer be ignored.   LGA president Keith Rhoades said communities deserved better and he urged voters to "support candidates who support […]

Lack of infrastructure hampering NSW

By Lilia Guan Infrastructure shortages are hampering the growth of New South Wales, claimed Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell at the Property Council of Australia's (NSW) Great Growth Debate, held this week in Sydney. Mr O'Farrell remarked that if the Harbour Bridge were to be built in this modern day then “nothing would get done”, because it […]

Better funding plan needed for local government

By Lilia Guan The president of the NSW Shires Association, Bruce Miller, has confirmed national media reports of NSW Opposition Leader’s election pledge to provide up to $1 billion for local infrastructure upgrades. Barry O’Farrell’s declaration was made at the annual Local Government Association Conference, held in Albury this week. Cr Miller said the loan […]

Liberal Party shake-up

Joe Hockey has replaced Julie Bishop as shadow treasurer. By Staff Writer Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition Julie Bishop has stepped down from the position of shadow treasurer , making way for fellow frontbencher Joe Hockey. Hockey is the Coalition’s third shadow treasurer in 15 months. Senator Helen Coonan will take up Hockey’s former […]


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