Australian News 2014:05b

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

Conservative columnists taxed by political climate change

As dawn broke over Australia's new federal budget on Wednesday, it found some interest groups reeling at the new and straitened circumstances under …

Tinkler denies knowing of alleged Liberal party slush fund payments

Coal magnate Nathan Tinkler also tells Icac he had “nothing” to do with a smear campaign against a former NSW Labor MP<p>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 …

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

World Health Organisation says Australian men can expect to live 80.5 years, while Australian women will live to 84.6<p>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).<p>However, women are expected …

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

Actor remains expressionless as prison term handed down in Sydney court<p>The Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes has been sentenced to at least six years in prison for sexually and indecently assaulting young girls.<p>Hughes, who sat in the corner of the dock at Sydney's district court on Friday, remained …

Students heckle Julie Bishop at University of Sydney - video

Students from the University of Sydney heckled foreign minister Julie Bishop when she visited the campus on Friday. They were protesting the changes to university fees outlined in the 2014 budget, which could see significantly higher fees under a deregulated system as well as higher interest rates …

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 …

Government

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.<p>My overall assessment is that the Abbott government …

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 …

Australia

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

Key elements of the Abbott government’s economic strategy have been thrown into chaos after Bill Shorten declared its first budget a document based …

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

Nathan Tinkler has always been a man in a hurry. His crash or crash through approach to life, which has seen the 38-year-old make and lose a fortune, …

opposition

• The good, the bad and the obsolete: technology in the federal budget<br>• Start-ups squeal at federal budget cuts<br>• Video game funding cut: federal budget<br>• More …

States prepare for budget battle

The battle lines have been drawn and the states are preparing for war.<p>NSW Premier Mike Baird will host a crisis meeting in Sydney with his state and …