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Medicare

Saving Medicare – Professor Brian Owler suggests how

As President of the Australian Medical Association Prof. Brian Owler rightly says, “for many Australians, Medicare is the Australian health system.” However, the freeze on Medicare rebates until 2020 and the apparent funding disarray put our health system under threat. So, in the lead up to the Federal Election, we have asked Prof. Owler what needs to be done to save our health system.

Federal Election 2016

Election 2016: Future of the NBN uncertain

The latest budget papers have revealed that the Turnbull Government’s $29.5 billion public funding cap for the National Broadband Network (NBN) is almost fully expended.

Federal Election 2016

Federal Election 2016: We’re heading to the polls on 2 July

Yesterday, Malcolm Turnbull visited the Governor-General to have the two houses of Parliament dissolved and, as we’ve all suspected for several weeks, we’ll be heading to the voting booths on 2 July 2016.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: Bill Shorten rebuffs the Budget

In true opposition fashion, Bill Shorten last night gave his Budget 2016/17 reply speech and perhaps unsurprisingly, was particularly scathing of “Malcolm’s millionaires”.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: Malcolm Turnbull ‘quietly confident’ of re-election

Within the next few days, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce a 2 July election which, based on the Federal Budget, he says he is “quietly confident” of winning.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: the goal posts have moved again

The break from the norm of ‘grandfathering’ changes may mean that any savvy retirement planning individuals have undertaken could now be blown out of the water.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: Kaye asks “Is that all there is?”

There are two ways to review Scott Morrison’s first budget. A top-level, ‘will it balance the books?’ perspective. And a retirement-focussed appraisal – will average income retirees be better off? On both counts, it fails.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: Crackdown on multinational tax avoidance

The Government’s plans to crackdown on multinational tax avoidance are expected to raise around $4.5 billion over four years – money that will be put towards services needed by all Australians.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: How will the new tax changes affect the individual?

So, how will the changes to superannuation, proposed in Budget 2016/17 affect you? Here are some case studies provided by the Government that highlight, if legislated, what they will actually mean to individuals.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17 – Government to invest a record $50 billion on infrastructure

By 2020, the Government has pledged a record $50 billion for infrastructure, investing in roads, rails and dams, linking regional and urban areas and making cities more attractive for investment.

Federal Budget 2016

Dear Mr Morrison, here’s what we want to see on 3 May

Dear Mr Morrison … We know it’s hard to keep in touch from the corridors of power so here’s what real Australians would like to see on Tuesday.

Federal Budget 2016

RBA tipped to cut cash rate in light of inflation drop and rising AUD

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is tipped to cut the cash rate to a record low, in response to a sharp decline in inflation and the rising value of the Australian dollar.

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