The Abbott government has burned much of its political capital for little gain with budget measures characterised by “obvious inequity”, the former Liberal leader John Hewson has argued.
On the importance of climate change as a global issue
Barack Obama (interview with Thomas Friedman 2014, published in the New York Times):
The prime minister has signalled support for an international move to crack down on large companies shifting their profits around to minimise paying tax.
Renegade MP Geoff Shaw will be at the centre of a showdown between the government and Labor on Wednesday afternoon, when the Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, moves to fine and suspend the defiant member for Frankston for abusing his parliamentary vehicle and fuel card.
With attention focused on other aspects of immigration reform, the federal government has quietly gone on a massive immigrant prison building spree. Since 1999, the Bureau of Prisons has contracted for the operation of 13 for-profit private prisons located mostly in isolated towns far from the prying eyes of activists, prisoner's families or attorneys. Five are located in Texas. Run by three private companies, these 13 "criminal alien requirement" prisons, as the BOP calls them, house one of America's fastest-growing prison populations: immigrants in federal custody, many convicted for the crime of illegally crossing the border. The 13 facilities collectively house more than 25,000 immigrant prisoners at a cost to US taxpayers estimated at $1bn a year.Read More >