The new financial year brings a data bonanza, tax cuts, legally proper virtual meetings, and some timely funding extensions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared “COAG is no more” but the reality of federation means much of its brains trust will remain.
Millions of Australians face a September cliff edge where current government and bank support cuts out but the Morrison government has a plan for a plan.
Energy and resources firms hold the line against the Covid-19 shutdown, while regulators ease up on reform.
The rapid pivot from timid stimulus to survival mode depends on critical infrastructure. On that there is consensus.
Phase II of the coronavirus response is being prepped, even before phase I is rolled out.
Sick of waiting in the queue, audacious Victoria legislates its way out of gridlock. While there are no constitutional barriers to the Victorian government amending the legislation, it is contrary to convention.
Seven public hearings and 174 submissions, and no agreement on what “transition” means, meant stalemate for a Senate committee that had just one job.
Two reports by energy regulators covering the third quarter of 2019 show a mixed bag for wholesale electricity prices and pain ahead for Australian consumers.
Years of ad-hoc interventions, a climate policy mess and a recent rush to pick winners mean the government is chilling investment and exacerbating the very problems it’s trying to fix, according to the Grattan Institute’s “Power play” report.
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