Former Treasurer Wayne Swan to quit politics at next election

Wayne Swan, former treasurer and deputy prime minister who helped guide Australia through the Global Financial Crisis, has announced plans to retire at the next federal election. Mr Swan served both the Rudd and Gillard governments, and served in parliament for more than two decades. “The inescapable fact is I’m approaching a stage in life…

Unions Call Minimum Pay Boost Into Living Wage a “Good Move”

Unions have called Bill Shorten’s plan to raise the minimum wage for low paid workers a “good move”, echoing the Federal Opposition leader’s calls to make sure the wage is a “living wage for all Australians.” Unions WA Assistant Secretary Owen Whittle said a pay rise was due, after Mr Shorten announced on Tuesday changes…

Parliament Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Federal parliament legalised same sex marriage, with all but four MPs voting to pass the bill. The laws went through unchanged after 56 hours of debate despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions including for religious organisations, civil celebrants and chaplains. Couples will be able to lodge an notice of intended marriage from…

Labor Refers More MPs to High Court in Citizenship Debacle

More federal politicians could be facing the High Court over dual citizenship next year, with federal Labor and crossbenchers trying to refer more parliamentarians to test their eligibility to sit in parliament. Labor has secured crossbench support to refer nine MPs to the High Court over their citizenship status. It includes Labor MPs David Feeney,…

Turnbull Orders Royal Commission into Banking Sector

The federal government will launch a royal commission into banks and the financial sector claiming there was “a sense of inevitability” about an inquiry as a “regrettable but necessary” step. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the decision on Thursday, which came as a backflip after Australia’s big four banks called on the government to establish…

PNG Authorities Storm Manus Island to Move on Asylum Seekers

Papua New Guinea (PNG) police have entered an immigration detention centre on Manus Island, attempting to end a stand-off with protesting asylum seekers and refugees refusing to leave the centre. Australian and PNG authorities confirmed an operation was underway to convince the men to move out, with refugees claiming new facilities do not give them…

Australia to Legalise Same Sex Marriage After Majority Yes Vote

Australians have voted yes to changing the law to allow same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation to be introduced “as soon as possible”. Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics David Kalisch revealed that 61.6 per cent of people who participated in the postal vote chose Yes to changing the law to allow same-sex…

Labor parliamentarians join dual citizenship eligibility questioning

Experts have called out Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to come clean about the Labor Party’s internal issues over dual citizenship. Section 44 of the constitution has caused controversy for many politicians over recent months, with more and more being added to the mix. 3 WA federal parliamentarians; Josh Wilson, Madeleine King and Sue lines, have sparked…

Malcolm Turnbull Threatens Extra Sitting After Failure to Strike Citizenship Agreement

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are at loggerheads over the citizenship agreement, and without a deal struck, the Prime Minister claimed there may be extra parliamentary sitting days to finalise it. Mr Turnbull called the two-hour meeting with the opposition leader a “constructive discussion”, but Mr Shorten called for drafting changes to the government’s proposal…

Labor Makes More Promises On Metronet

In a press conference this morning, Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, announced the Labor commitment to allocate $700 million to build the Ellenbrook Morley railway line. “We’re doing this because we’re very committed to making sure Perth has the best possible public transport system,” “It’s good news for jobs, it’s good news for commuters, good news…