Victoria-Commonwealth relations at all-time low

Australia’s federal system of government has its pluses and minuses. Proponents say federalism is necessary in a country as large as Australia, while others say our population is too small and that state governments are an expensive and inefficient way of ensuring we are properly governed. It is generally agreed that the biggest disadvantage of […]

Statistician had the numbers to win APS equality award

The inaugural Australian Public Service Diversity and Gender Equality Awards have been held. Winner of the individual award was Justin Lokhorst, Director of Construction Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The department/agency award was to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the network award to ATOMIC (the ATO’s Making Inclusion Count LGBTI employee network), […]

Ajaka on the NDIS

Q and A with NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services.

COAG reforms dogged by infighting

By Paul Hemsley The head of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, Paul McClintock has warned that key cross-jurisdictional projects on occupational health and safety laws (OH&S), director’s liability and energy sector competition are in danger of failing. The grim assessment has come as part of the watchdog’s third annual report card on […]

States must add to disability plan

As the Victorian and NSW Governments want Australia to move to a full National Disability Insurance Scheme, the federal government wants the states to contribute themselves. The two state governments made an expression of interest to have the NDIS launched in the NSW Hunter region and the Victorian Barwon region. This move follows the scheme’s […]

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