June 18, 2020

Keeping defence veterans and their families front-of-mind

Reforms in the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Supporting the Wellbeing of Veterans and Their Families) Bill 2020 make it clear that the nation sees our veterans and their families and recognises their immense contributions and unique challenges. It says: ‘We see you and we support you’.

June 18, 2020

Education reform should feed ambition and optimism

We have excellent regional universities that, with the right investment and development, could really transform our regions but they, too, need support.

June 17, 2020

Dedicated advocacy for rural health

The Health Insurance Amendment (Continuing the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2020 consolidates the place of a dedicated advocate for rural health within government decision-making and policymaking

June 16, 2020

Community energy brings democratic, new policy approach

Putting everyday communities at the centre of the renewables boom that’s coming to regional Australia

June 15, 2020

Minister must honour aged care workforce bonus

The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians said our aged care workforce would be paid a pandemic-related retention bonus ‘after tax’ – $600 for home care and $800 for residential aged care workers. But last week we discovered the sums promised will be ‘before tax’.

June 15, 2020

Bushfire communities deserve clear air

The government acted so quickly to provide specific support for tourism in Queensland impacted by COVID-19, but has been so slow in providing support to tourism businesses affected by bushfires several months before the pandemic hit

June 15, 2020

Make sure the water market delivers for farmers

Right now, anyone can buy and sell water in Australia, and 14 per cent of trades are from people who don’t own land. We need to make sure this market is delivering for farmers, not corporate investors.

June 15, 2020

A bad day for democracy

Festering corruption doesn’t just corrode our democracy. It means we spend more time lamenting the depravity of politics than actually solving problems for Australians.

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