The people’s verdict on redefining marriage is not a licence for the Parliament to jettison long established freedoms and rights. There has rightly been much discussion about the freedoms that require protecting. While many have sought to take a simplistic approach to have very limited religious protections for those who have a religious belief, not enough attention has been paid to the broader protections that are required because there are literally millions of decent men and women who respectfully don’t support same-sex marriage and hold their view in good faith and not born from religion.
Pensioners’ pockets before Paris purity – in its essence, this is what the current energy debate over the Finkel Review is all about.
A report published by the Parliamentary Budget Office that highlights more than 1.8 million Australians will pay higher taxes by virtue of bracket creep is a matter of concern. The analysis further shows that a return to surplus is, at present, largely predicated on the additional taxation revenue from bracket creep.
The Government’s release of the Final Budget Outcome from the 2016-17 Financial Year is welcome and demonstrates that there are green-shoots in the economy. I'm pleased the Government has made further inroads in dealing with the deficit disaster but clearly more needs to be done.
Over the weekend, the Australian Financial Review claimed: