Australia Archive

Should Australians work until they’re 70? We look at the recent Productivity Commission report (29 November 2013)

The Productivity Commission’s report An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future is an ambitious, detailed and comprehensive exploration the potential fiscal and economic impacts of the demographic changes Australia might experience in the decades ahead. The report will provide

Regulation: Australian Business Council report calls for less regulation while another energy company faces penalties for illegal & unconscionable conduct (29 November 2013)

In the past week the Business Council of Australia has released a report, Improving Australia’s Regulatory System, in which it argues for reduction to the cost and burden on regulated parties – “the ‘dead hand’ of regulation imposing unnecessary

New population projections suggest Melbourne could grow by 83% to 10.3 million in 2061 (28 November 2013)

Latest population projections for Australia released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that Melbourne and Victoria will continue to accommodate strong population growth over the coming 50 years. The statistics released by the ABS forecast that according

Australia’s Federal Government proposes streamlined environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities (25 November 2013)

The Australian Federal Government has released two draft reports for public comment on establishing a ‘one-stop-shop’ environmental approval process for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities. The reports are a requirement of the strategic assessment process under national

Mr David Murray AO to head inquiry into Australia’s financial system (21 November 2013)

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Mr David Murray AO to head an inquiry into Australia’s financial system. Mr Murray will head a Committee of four eminent Australians drawn from the finance, business and academic sectors. Among

Australia’s Prime Minister and Britain’s Prime Minister hold Sri Lanka to different standards on human rights (18 November 2013)

Australia is to give two retired Bay Class patrol boats to Sri Lanka as well as providing training with the patrol boats, which are intended to operate alongside the Sri Lankan Navy’s existing capability to intercept people smuggling efforts

New South Wales signs up to environmental approvals ‘one stop shop’ (7 November 2013)

Australia’s Federal Government has signed the second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a State Government aimed at to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals – removing the need for environmental approvals to be obtained from two levels of

Australia’s Climate Change Authority calls for tougher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (4 November 2013)

Australia’s Climate Change Authority has called for tougher targets for reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in a “Targets and Progress Review” Draft Report released on 30 October 2013. Major conclusions and recommendations The Authority’s major conclusion is that

Australia’s Federal Government implements election commitment to establish National Commission of Audit (28 October 2013)

On 22 October 2013, Australia’s Federal Treasurer, Mr Joe Hockey, and announced the commencement of the National Commission of Audit. The Commission of Audit was a key election commitment of the new [Liberal-National] Federal Government. It will assess the

Australia’s Federal Government seeks ‘one-stop-shop’ for environmental approval of petroleum activities in Australian waters (28 October 2013)

The Australian Government has taken a step towards ensuring a ‘one-stop-shop’ approval process for offshore petroleum activities in Australian waters. The Australian Federal Minister for Industry, Mr Ian Macfarlane, and the Federal  Minister for the Environment, Mr Greg Hunt,