Federal GST Distribution Overhaul “Bizarre”: Expert

A political expert has called the Federal Government’s proposal to change Australia’s GST distribution the most bizarre fix he has ever seen, claiming it is not an overhaul. Murdoch University politics and policy senior lecturer Ian Cook believed the new measures that would give Western Australia a bigger share in the carve-up was a “farcical…

More Tough Budget Measures On the Way For WA in “Workman-Like Budget”

The WA Government has warned Western Australians can expect more tough measures in this year’s budget, as a result of its continuing efforts to reach a surplus. State Treasurer Ben Wyatt revealed on Thursday that people “won’t be surprised” when the content of the budget is revealed, with more tightened spending expected over the 2018-2019…

Barnaby Joyce Personal Life Saga a Non Story Beat-Up: Expert

The saga over Barnaby Joyce’s private life is “not a real story” and a distraction for the Federal Government, a politics expert claims. Murdoch University politics and policy lecturer Ian Cook said it was just a way for news publications to generate content because “people like these stories about people’s private lives” and would not…

Australia Day Should Be Open to Date Change: Expert

A Western Australian politics academic claims the date of Australia Day should be open for change if there is conflict over insensitivity towards indigenous Australians. Murdoch University Politics and Global Policy lecturer Dr Ian Cook claimed changing Australia Day is a political issue and the date should not be held to January 26, adding Australian…

“Electoral Backlash” For “No” Vote Politicians A Possibility in SSM Debate

A Western Australian politics lecturer believes politicians voting against changes to the legislation to include same sex marriage could face repercussions, following the overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in the plebiscite. Murdoch University lecturer Ian Cook said there were going to be “plenty of representatives going against their electorate’s wishes”, and it was a question of whether…