Category The Nation

Australia’s war on science. SYDNEY — Scientists here in Australia say they’ve discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia’s finest researchers point out that their budgets have been slashed. They say their expertise is being ignored in favour of the views of sceptics with a dubious commitment to the facts. Now the science community […]

Election 2013: Bundaberg farmers call for slashing electricity tariffs

Sunshine Coast Daily Bundaberg:  Local Farmers are calling for federal candidates to make electricity costs a key focus of their campaign, fearing rising power bills will force growers off the land as the industry becomes unviable. Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group (BRIG) manager Dale Holliss said one of the biggest issues facing Bundaberg’s farmers this election […]

Trouble brewing as beer makers call for tax cut

Herald Sun/The Australian THE Government is being asked to freeze tax on beer to give drinkers a bit of relief. The beer industry says it is suffering from one of the highest tax rates in the world and has urged Treasurer Wayne Swan to freeze excise in next month’s Federal Budget. Beer tax is due […]

11 per cent families with no workers

Eleven per cent of all Australian families don’t have anyone in the household who’s actually employed, new statistics reveal. The figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, say that amounts to 315,000 families, including 223,000 jobless one-parent families with 362,000 dependant children aged 0-14. ABS director of labour force Cassandra Gligora said the proportion […]

Federal budget facing $12bn hit: Penny Wong

By Mehroz Siraj Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong has said that the government’s revenues had incurred a $12billion hit in the ongoing financial year. She made these remarks while talking to ABC Radio on April 29. She said that because of lower than expected tax receipts from the corporate sector, government revenues had shrunk and […]

Step By Step, Australia is limping towards its next election

By Mehroz Siraj Since the start of 2012, the ALP has stumbled upon from one crisis to the other.  Since the last federal election, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is heading a government which has been accused of serious socio-economic mismanagement and supporting corrupt politicians of a low character. The Gillard government’s fool-proof support of embattled […]