Topic archives: federal government

Disability support plummets as government turns up heat on the vulnerable

November 7, 2017 18

Disabled Australians are being turned away from the Disability Support Pension and forced onto punitive and untenable unemployment schemes.

Quality time in Parliament, not quantity

August 30, 2016 6

The buzzer won't beat this Parliament, only a lack of compromise will.

Three other areas for the states to manage (and two to give to the feds)

April 1, 2016 3

If the federal government wants to empower the states to collect income tax, perhaps it should also give them responsibility for other areas.

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

Every step you take: govt to pool CCTV images and facial recognition to track citizens

August 27, 2015 7

Soon government agencies will be able to access stills from CCTV cameras all over Australia.

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

So you wanna be a lobbyist …

September 5, 2014 8

Reading headlines about ICAC and Eddie Obeid might have you thinking successful lobbying is mostly graft with some slippery footwork thrown in. But Alistair Nicholas, senior adviser in the government relations and public affairs practice of Weber Shandwick Australia, says there's quite a bit more to it.

Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

Labor could have headed chaplains off at the pass

June 19, 2014 19

The High Court's declared the federal government's funding of chaplaincy programs in state schools unconstitutional. It's another sign the constitution needs serious reform.

Crikey readers slash the government

October 28, 2013 3

Crikey readers add their own suggestions of what the federal government's Commission of Audit should cut.

Hockey’s Pendulum: Coalition tea party comes back to bite

Hockey’s Pendulum: Coalition tea party comes back to bite

October 10, 2013 14

Joe Hockey is struggling to swing from the opposition to government, write Crikey's Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. The rhetoric from the Treasurer isn't consistent.

Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

September 11, 2013 7

Tony Abbott is unlikely to take an axe to the public service, as John Howard did when he became PM. There are just two senior civil servants who should be nervous, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.

What now? The challenges Rudd has to form government

June 26, 2013 2

Can Kevin Rudd form a government? What role will the Governor-General play? And who'll staff the notoriously frantic new Prime Minister's office? Crikey outlines the scenarios.

Rudd’s scrappy pre-election cabinet: who’ll serve with him?

Rudd’s scrappy pre-election cabinet: who’ll serve with him?

June 20, 2013 22

Kevin Rudd will need to appoint a caretaker cabinet if he becomes prime minister again. Crikey gazed into the crystal ball to pick who's left to serve with him.

Order in the House: the who, what and why of question time

June 5, 2013 1

Order, order! Bond University students dust off Hansard and discover who is asking what during parliament's question time. The number one topic might not surprise you -- but why is no one asking about indigenous affairs?

The Power Index: who’ll <em>really</em> decide the federal election?

The Power Index: who’ll really decide the federal election?

May 20, 2013 3

The wonks, the flacks, the hacks and the headkickers -- here are the people who are doing their damnedest to get Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott into the Lodge. The Power Index names the string-pullers.

Hope for Gillard in British Columbia? Incumbent wins in upset

May 16, 2013 7

The opinion polls proved wrong in British Columbia, where the incumbent Liberals won in a major upset. But their first-past-the-post voting system doesn't give much hope to Julia Gillard.

Budget delivered on the wings of the dollar

Budget delivered on the wings of the dollar

May 15, 2013 2

A new-found conservatism in Treasury estimates means the economy could grow faster than expected, especially if the Australian dollar continues to fall. Former Labor economic adviser Stephen Koukoulas comments.

Baby bonus dumping a ‘sensible, calm and responsible’ cut

May 14, 2013

The baby bonus has been thrown out with the bath water, as part of Treasurer Wayne Swan's "sensible, calm and responsible" cuts.

Community broadcasting: no cash for digital radio stations

May 14, 2013 1

The digital community radio sector needed $1.4 million in funding from the federal budget, but all it got was radio silence.

What the Treasurer said: Wayne Swan’s budget speech

May 14, 2013

A transcript of the speech Wayne Swan delivered to Parliament in handing down the 2013-14 federal budget.

Public servants to be cramped and sacked in grim budget

May 14, 2013 1

The government is turning the screws on bureaucrats, reducing office space as part of savings measures in the 2013-14 federal budget.

Space debris, a pot plant tax and bullet experts: budget quirks

May 14, 2013

At least the Treasurer is protecting Australia from UFOs. Crikey dug deep into the budget papers to find the detail you won't read in the papers.