Articles from North Coast Voices
"My determination is to ensure that this budget is fair"[Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking with 3AW's Neil Mitchell, May 2015] Only time will tell just how 'fair' this federal budget is.
On Mother’s Day 2015 the Abbott Government announced that it would be removing all or part of federal paid parental scheme payments to an estimated 79,000 working women who take maternity leave from 1 July 2016 onwards.Under federal legislation these women had an expectation of receiving up to $11,500 for maternity leave of 18 weeks duration.In the interview with Laurie Oakes the Treasurer Joe Hockey used the word double-
Residents in the Lower Clarence area have been receiving hand-delivered plain white envelopes addressed "HELLO NEIGHBOURS". "There's nothing too wrong about that." I hear you say.Well ...
Budget Measures Budget Paper No. 2 contains a number of small puzzles:* Treasury estimates it will be raising $1.18 billion between 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2019 from decisions taken but not yet announced.
On 10 May 2015 the Australian Minister for Health Sussan Ley freely admitted that two years and ten months after the federal government’s national database of personally controlled health records (PCEHR) opened for business as eHealth less-than one-in-ten Australians have decided to opt-in to this scheme.
Tens of thousands of wealthier retirees will lose access to the age pension under changes targeting what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described as "liquid assets millionaires".Excuse me?Every single one of these people receiving a part aged pension will continue to do so – it will just not be in the form of cash into their bank accounts.Under Abbott’s sleight-of-hand the announced