University deregulation

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Whatever happened to the Labor Party of Hawke and Keating? That is what I want to know, because the member for Gellibrand talks about what happened 30 years ago. I can tell you what happened 30 years ago: Australia elected the Hawke-Keating government. On this side of the House, we proudly say…

Payment increase for Knox pensioners

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, has reminded pensioners in Knox that their payments will increase tomorrow, the second rise this year. Single age pensioners will receive an increase of up to $11.50 a fortnight, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. “This means total pension…

Welfare lobby blind to reality

The Australian:  It is almost impossible to imagine the day that the Australian Council of Social Service advocates tackling welfare dependency. Last week, it said it would never support any individual at any time having to wait before they access welfare payments. Not even for a month. This is on top of its desire to…