New warning on outsourced advice

Governments’ heavy reliance on reports from commercial consultants can have “pernicious effects” on policy making, a new analysis says.

Copper, loopholes and probes dominate Coalition’s cut-down NBN launch

By Julian Bajkowski The Coalition has gambled large on reviving Australia’s ageing copper telecommunications network to supply broadband download speeds of between 25 megabits per second and 100 megabits per second to deliver a heavily pared-down and cheaper version of the National Broadband Network (NBN) it claims will be completed by the end of 2019. […]

QLD Premier breaks ranks over referendum

By Julian Bajkowski Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has thrown down the gauntlet to other Australian state and territory leaders to back the ‘yes’ case in a proposed referendum on financial recognition of local governments or risk losing billions of dollars of direct Commonwealth funding for council projects and services. In a dramatic escalation of pressure […]

Calls for government action following CEO survey

By Adam Coleman Industry groups are calling on further action from the Federal Government, following a survey of over 480 CEOs in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors revealed the financial crisis is ‘placing business expenditure on key growth drivers at risk’. The survey by Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and Deloitte, the National CEO […]


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