The Senate from 1 July 2014

Composition   Current July 2014 Coalition 34 33 Australian Labor Party 31 25 Greens 9 10 Palmer United Party 0 3 Nick Xenophon 1 1 Democratic Labor Party 1 1 Liberal Democratic Party 0 1 Family First 0 1 Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party 0 1 The term crossbenchers refers to independent and minor party members […]

Macroeconomic Data from the 2014-15 Budget: The Economy At A Glance

BUDGET ALERT 2014-15 FEDERAL BUDGET   Macroeconomic Data from the 2014-15 Budget: The Economy At A Glance    Key comparative data from the 2013-14 period     2014-15 BUDGET   (13 May 2014) 2013-14 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook * (14 December 2013) Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013 (5 August 2013) 2013-14 BUDGET (14 […]

Industry

Is deregulation at the consumer’s expense?

Freeing up business from the burden of red tape to improve the economy and our productivity is an important political objective. However, there’s a risk of consumer backlash if the industry promise of better service in an unregulated environment is unmet and consumer confidence turns to rage. The Australian domestic airline industry is apparently, largely […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

At 1am, after a long day and an even longer two weeks of negotiations, the Agreed Conclusion of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women #CSW were adopted with a strong call to prioritise gender equality and the human rights of women in order to achieve sustainable development.  While the Millenium Development Goals #MDGs resulted […]

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

Negotiations are coming down to their final hours as countries stay up late fighting to keep their preferred language reflected in the Agreed Conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women #CSW. The process has been particularly slow this year, with negotiators on all fronts hesitant to lose ground on a number of their […]

Insight

Observations from a delegate at the 2014 Commission on the Status of Women

The language used in the #CSW Agreed Conclusions is particularly fraught – language is the mechanism that holds countries accountable to action rather than allowing them to sign a document with no framework for accountability. This year there is a push to ensure that the language used takes a rights based approach to the #CSW […]