Australian News 2014:05b on Flipboard

By particularkev | Australian news from the 13th May 2014 to the 19th May 2014.

NBN rolls out blows out to another $1b - Agriculture - General

A BILLION dollar blowout in costs for the National Broadband Network (NBN) for rural Australia is nothing to worry about, according to communications …

Conservative columnists taxed by political climate change

Rant fuel running low: Andrew Bolt and others have been forced to rethink their stance on broken promises. Photo: Justin McManus

As dawn broke over …

Tinkler denies knowing of alleged Liberal party slush fund payments

Hunter Valley coal magnate Nathan Tinkler has denied any knowledge of payments made by his horse stud to an alleged Liberal party slush fund, and insisted he had “nothing” to do with a smear campaign against a former Labor MP, funded by his building company.

In a much-anticipated appearance at the …

Liberal Party

NSW government plans co-payment dodge

A plan to ask NSW GPs to work out of hospitals, enabling patients to dodge the federal government's proposed co-payment scheme, has been labelled …

Tinkler fails to pay Knights

The Newcastle Knights are in turmoil with owner Nathan Tinkler's business group advising the NRL they would not invest further funds into the club …

Life expectancy for Australian men third-highest in world, says WHO

Australian men have the third highest life expectancy in the world, but women are lagging in sixth place, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

However, women are expected to live 84.6 years on average, compared with 80.5 for men.

The WHO figures are for a baby born in 2012, and show an …

Life Expectancy

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes sentenced to at least six years in jail

The Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes has been sentenced to at least six years in prison for sexually and indecently assaulting young girls.

Hughes, who sat in the corner of the dock at Sydney's district court on Friday, remained expressionless as the sentence was handed down.

He was sentenced to a …

Robert Hughes

Students heckle Julie Bishop at University of Sydney - video

Liberal Party of Australia

Abbott draws up new battlelines in the fight over federalism

When treasurer Joe Hockey detailed his first budget on Tuesday, the announcement that the states and territories were to be stripped of A$80 billion …

Higher education: the age of Pyne the destroyer begins

In Hinduism Lord Brahma is the creator, Lord Vishnu is the preserver, and Lord Shiva is the destroyer and transformer. Here are rich models for …

If we are to work to 70, we need to rethink work

The norm of permanent full-time terms of employment is under serious challenge.

In Australia today more than one-third of employed people work on more …

Scrapping the Australia Network affects more than the ABC

The termination in the 2014 budget of the ABC’s international television broadcasting contract to run the federal government’s Australia Network …

Bill Shorten's budget reply: experts react

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has vowed to oppose funding cuts to hospitals, schools and higher education in his budget in reply speech, threatening …

CSIRO cuts 'will rob Australian industry of research expertise'

The federal government’s cuts to CSIRO will make it more difficult for the organisation to fill the research and development gap left by Australian …

Better ways to spend the medical research future fund

One of the few real surprises in the budget was the creation of medical research future fund, to be partly funded by the introduction of a $7 GP …

Hockey's budget ignores the cultural economy, to its shame

The reality of the 2014 budget is now pretty clear, not just its specific provisions but the kind of nation it wants Australia to become.

How it …

Corporate Australia wasn't really the budget winner after all

The 2014 Budget has been variously celebrated and reviled as a “budget for corporate Australia”. But this assessment is based on the premise that …

Trust is not the only deficit

This week’s budget was clearly highly political. The question is what its economic impact will be.

My overall assessment is that the Abbott government …

Hockey's budget message: work longer, not smarter

Over the last few years our economic debate has focused on the budget deficit and government debt, displacing other aspects of economic policy. To …

Young people are now on the edge of our reconfigured welfare state

The 2014-15 federal budget continues the deconstruction of Australia’s post-war welfare state. In fact, the budget takes it a step further, …

Judgement day for Abbott on science and research funding

When the freshly-minted Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined for the first time since 1931 to appoint a science minister as part of his Cabinet in …

A new, simpler Medicare safety net... but with holes

Buried in the details of the health budget are some changes to Medicare not widely discussed in the last 36 hours. Just as important as the …

Joe Hockey tries to get reluctant states to drive a new GST cart

It’s clear the Abbott government wants change to the GST on the agenda but is anxious that others – notably the states – do the dirty work of putting …

Budget 2014 reply: Bill Shorten says Labor will block key Abbott government budget reforms

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Nathan Tinkler's verdict on ICAC: 'The most boring sh-t I've ever seen'

Nathan Tinkler departs ICAC on Friday. Photo: Nic Walker

Nathan Tinkler has always been a man in a hurry. His crash or crash through approach to life, …

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Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said reforms will remove unnecessary layers of bureaucracy. Photo: Andrew Meares

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States prepare for budget battle

The battle lines have been drawn and the states are preparing for war.

NSW Premier Mike Baird will host a crisis meeting in Sydney with his state and …

What does the first Abbott government budget mean for our environment?

Back in December I wrote about Abbott's war on the environment. At that time, just 100 days into his term as Prime Minister, Abbott had already …