Once the finest bastion of free speech and thought, our universities today are a far cry from their former glory days. The stifling political correctness crusade has sadly taken hold.
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.