A new Conservative Movement for Australia

Divorce is almost always messy. After months of speculation and public bemoaning that the Liberal Party was ignoring its conservative base, hard right Senator Cory Bernardi today resigned from the Liberal Party and moved to the crossbench to represent a new Australian Conservative Movement. In a brief speech to the …

Premier Berejiklian shakes up Cabinet; adds seven new faces

Queanbeyan, New South Wales is often associated with national politics as the centre of the Federal bellwether electorate of Eden-Monaro, but today it became the focus of NSW politics as the venue for Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Cabinet announcement. It was hard not to look at the politics of both the …

A new Premier for New South Wales

Gladys Berejiklian has been elected as leader of the Liberal Party and will be sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales later today. She was elected unopposed by the party room with Dominic Perrottet elected Deputy Leader. Berejiklian is a formidable operator with a keen eye for …

The Fourth Turnbull Ministry

Prime Minister Turnbull turns to those he trusts The removalists at Parliament House will be back to work next week as the office reshuffle occurs around the latest Turnbull Government ministerial changes – the fourth since the Prime Minister was sworn in in late 2015. Turnbull has taken the opportunity …

Welcome back Arthur Sinodinos – even if it’s temporary

The appointment of Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO as acting Health Minister will see the current Government distracted, but not derailed, on its health agenda in 2017. Insiders are reporting it will business as usual for both Sussan Ley’s and Sinodinos’ offices while the review into her travel expenses is undertaken. …

2016-17 Mid-Year Economy and Fiscal Outlook

Morrison stopped the boats but can he stop the deficit? One might consider Treasurer Scott Morrison’s statement that “there is more work to be done” to address Australia’s Budget deficit as the understatement of the year. Today’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) has revealed that the nation’s deficit has …

Cross Bench Rule – Please Explain?

Today the Australian Electoral Commission has announced the Senate results for all states and territories with the big winner being Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. It’s a blow to the Turnbull Government which will now have to negotiate with 11 cross benchers, up from eight before the election. Results are: …

2016 Federal Election – Never a more exciting time to vote

It all comes down to credibility and trust Less than three years ago, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the nation in his victory speech that, “it is the people of Australia who determine the Government and the Prime Ministership of this country, and you will punish anyone who takes …