New Tax app launched in frustration

By Julian Bajkowski A long running push by Australia’s independent software community to spur the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) into improving and adding new features to the revenue agency’s eTax lodgement interface has just taken a bold new twist. Plucky mobile developer Wave Digital claims it has given up waiting for the taxman and launched […]

Paywall to surround official government Style guide

By Julian Bajkowski The federal government’s official style guide is set to become a pay-per-view exercise after the Department of Finance and Deregulation revealed that it will imminently gavel-off the public sector reference manual to private operators to cut costs. A tender notification issued by Finance reveals that the agency intends to pursue a “seeking […]

NSW corruption probe to grill ex-Premiers

By Paul Hemsley with Julian Bajkowski Former New South Wales Premiers Morris Iemma and Nathan Rees will front the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) today as witnesses as part of an investigation into former Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Mineral Resources Ian McDonald’s decisions surrounding approval for a coal mine  – and whether […]

NSW ministers sworn in

By Angela Dorizas New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally has unveiled her new cabinet, sworn in today by NSW Governor Marie Bashir. The cabinet reshuffle has seen the return of a number of former ministers to the frontbench. Frank Sartor has returned to cabinet as Minster for the Climate Change and the Environment. Former police […]

Keneally ousts Rees as NSW Premier

By Rob O’Brien The former planning minister Kristina Keneally has become the first female Premier of New South Wales rolling Nathan Rees in a spill by 47 votes to 21. The US-born Keneally will form an all-female leadership with Carmel Tebbutt – the first in Australian government history – but takes over a party divided […]

Rees falls short on donation reform

By Angela Dorizas   The New South Wales Government ban on political donations from developers does not go far enough to reform election funding, according to Greens MPs, State Opposition and local government. NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon said the ban introduced by Premier Nathan Rees this week included no commitment on banning corporate donations, […]

Tripodi, Macdonald dropped from Rees cabinet

By Angela Dorizas New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees has dumped two senior ministers from cabinet after gaining approval from the State Labor Conference to choose his own ministry. Mr Rees announced the resignation of Finance Minister Joe Tripodi and Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald over the weekend. Henry Tsang also resigned as a Parliamentary […]

NSW leads on solar tariffs

By Staff Writer The New South Wales Government’s scheme to reward households for the solar energy they produce has been hailed as one of the most generous solar feed-in tarriffs in the country. Premier Nathan Rees said the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme would deliver the most generous payments to families in the country. “A gross scheme is […]

Rees nominates new ICAC chief

By Staff Writer The NSW Premier has unveiled the man to take the helm of the corruption watchdog after the tenure of the Hon. Jerrold Cripps comes to an end in November. Premier Nathan Rees yesterday announced the Hon. David Ipp AO will be the Government’s nominee to become the next Commissioner of the Independent Commission Against […]

NSW Labor hammered at by-elections

As Labor suffered an embarrassing swing of 22.6 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis in Ryde, the Liberals’ candidate, Victor Dominello, has fetched the seat, garnering 53.7 per cent of the primary votes. Labor’s Nicole Campbell, a well-known local identity, has won 30.1 per cent. Before this by-election, the only Liberal MP for Ryde in the […]


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