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2020 Federal Budget & Reply

Last week in Canberra the Federal Treasurer brought down the 2020 budget. There was some modest roads funding for the NT that we all hope eventuates, and Labor supports the first two stages of income tax cuts. There was also some good support for business, although we believe it’s too...

No Port in Storm

The federal Coalition government’s Australia’s Foreign Relations bill puts a Darwin Port review on the table. Well it should, if you read the fine print. But curiously, the government says that it won’t. “Infrastructure” is explicitly mentioned 21 times in the bill’s explanatory memorandum. It also states very plainly that, under the act,...

Still no Plan as the Number of Stranded Australians Rises to 23,000

The number of Australians stranded overseas has jumped by more than 20 per cent in a fortnight and the Morrison Government still has no plan to get vulnerable people home. Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed there are now 23,000 Australians who want to return home from overseas. 3,450...

Australian Soldiers' Killer Belongs Behind Bars

The bodies of three diggers shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier arrive back to Australian soil at the RAAF Base at Amberley, west of Brisbane, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Eight years ago almost to the day, Australian soldiers Rick Milosevic, James Martin and Robert Poate were on...

Fighting For The NT In Our National Parliament

COVID-19 will have a continuing effect on the way we live and work for some time. But my job as a Member of Parliament has not changed. I continue to serve the people of Darwin and Palmerston, representing the electorate of Solomon and fighting for Territorians’ interests. Now more than ever, it...

Two Years On And Still No Progress On Fixing Charity Fundraising

Australian charities continue to spend more than one million dollars per month complying with outdated laws, almost two years after the Morrison Government was urged to take action to reduce the administrative burden. In 2018, the independent review of the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑Profits Commission recommended that the Australian Government work...