A Budget that lands the Coalition in the political centre

Budget Highlights Revenue: $444.4 billion in 2017-18. Expenditure: $464 billion in 2017-18. Budget position: Deficit of $29.4 billion in 2017-18 with a return to surplus of $7.4 billion surplus in 2020-21. Inflation: 2.25 per cent in 2017-18. Real GDP growth: 2.75 per cent in 2017-18. Unemployment forecast: 5.75 per cent …

If saving is too hard – spend big!

There is nothing like spending on nation building projects to deliver the Government’s new mantra of don’t tell but show. The Turnbull Government heard loud and clear that innovation was intangible and un-relatable to the common man. Yet, building things – big things like airports, roads, train lines, hydro power …

A new Conservative Movement for Australia

Divorce is almost always messy. After months of speculation and public bemoaning that the Liberal Party was ignoring its conservative base, hard right Senator Cory Bernardi today resigned from the Liberal Party and moved to the crossbench to represent a new Australian Conservative Movement. In a brief speech to the …

Premier Berejiklian shakes up Cabinet; adds seven new faces

Queanbeyan, New South Wales is often associated with national politics as the centre of the Federal bellwether electorate of Eden-Monaro, but today it became the focus of NSW politics as the venue for Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Cabinet announcement. It was hard not to look at the politics of both the …

A new Premier for New South Wales

Gladys Berejiklian has been elected as leader of the Liberal Party and will be sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales later today. She was elected unopposed by the party room with Dominic Perrottet elected Deputy Leader. Berejiklian is a formidable operator with a keen eye for …

The Fourth Turnbull Ministry

Prime Minister Turnbull turns to those he trusts The removalists at Parliament House will be back to work next week as the office reshuffle occurs around the latest Turnbull Government ministerial changes – the fourth since the Prime Minister was sworn in in late 2015. Turnbull has taken the opportunity …

Welcome back Arthur Sinodinos – even if it’s temporary

The appointment of Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO as acting Health Minister will see the current Government distracted, but not derailed, on its health agenda in 2017. Insiders are reporting it will business as usual for both Sussan Ley’s and Sinodinos’ offices while the review into her travel expenses is undertaken. …

2016-17 Mid-Year Economy and Fiscal Outlook

Morrison stopped the boats but can he stop the deficit? One might consider Treasurer Scott Morrison’s statement that “there is more work to be done” to address Australia’s Budget deficit as the understatement of the year. Today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has revealed that the nation’s deficit has …