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The ALP Policy Offering: Bold or Reckless?

The Labor Party provided a bold policy approach at this election. They’ve worked out a ‘small ball’ approach to policy at election time may not work if you want to make big policy decisions once you win. The idea is to build a winning coalition by adding to its trade union and socially progressive base: [...]

By | 2020-01-23T05:05:26+11:00 May 17th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments

The Liberal Party’s Sensibly Centrist Campaign

The election is nearly over. The Liberal Party has rolled out its election campaign. One gets the feel of sensible centrism about it; that is, a campaign that Malcolm Turnbull could have run. Following the near loss in 2016 the Turnbull Government started removing perceived policy barnacles. These included committing to fully funding the pharmaceutical [...]

By | 2020-01-23T05:05:10+11:00 May 17th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments

Australia’s ‘Bull Moose’ Moment

One of the interesting aspects of the 2019 Federal election is the large number of plausible independent candidates in electorates such as Wentworth, Warringah and even Kooyong running against sitting Liberals with sufficient coordination (and funding) such as to be able to run a common advertisement. Amongst the matters pushed by the indies include climate [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:38:24+11:00 May 12th, 2019|2019 election|0 Comments


We recently looked at the ALP policy relating to the operation of competition policy. Another area of interest is the proposed Labor approach to international trade agreements. Labor waved through the TP11 legislation – the Trans Pacific Partnership (without the US) to the chagrin of the unions. As Labor Senator Kim Carr said in the [...]

By | 2020-08-31T13:46:33+10:00 November 22nd, 2018|International, Trade|0 Comments

The Australian Executive Federalism Model – National Competition Policy Returneth

The increased likelihood of a Labor win at the next Federal election heightens the need to examine their policies. One important area is the way in which the executive federalism model that is COAG will operate. In a recent speech Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen foreshadowed a full reversion to the National Competition Policy of the [...]

By | 2020-01-23T05:04:45+11:00 October 22nd, 2018|COAG, Competition Policy|0 Comments

Parliament’s First Week Back

Parliament has resumed for the Winter sittings. Two events dominated the week. The first was the decision by the High Court in the Senator Katy Gallagher High Court case which clarified that for the purposes of section 44 of the Constitution the ‘taking all reasonable steps’ to renounce citizenship meant not only completing all [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:59:35+11:00 May 21st, 2018|Parliament|0 Comments

Franchising Under Review

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services is conducting an inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of both the Franchising Code of Conduct as well as the Oil Code of Conduct (OIlcode) which regulates the conduct of suppliers, distributors and retailers in the petroleum marketing industry. The committee is a result of [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:59:11+11:00 May 2nd, 2018|Small Business|0 Comments

Senate Musical Chairs

Between citizenship failings and party failing outs the party and personnel structure of the Senate has changed. This will focus on the party changes. Fraser Anning was elected with Pauline Hanson. He has left her. Steven Martin was elected with Jacqui Lambie. He has left her. Tim Storer was elected with Nick Xenophon. He [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:59:00+11:00 March 1st, 2018|Senate|0 Comments

The More or Less TPP Moves Forward

The Australian Government will sign the On 3 March 2018 the Australian Government will sign the TPP 11 trade treaty in Santiago Chile on 8 March 2018, affirming its commitment to the treaty text agreed by the parities in Tokyo on 23 January 2018. By and large, it will be Trans Pacific Partnership agreement [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:58:48+11:00 March 1st, 2018|Trade|0 Comments

Welcome To The New Website; Welcome To The New Blog

After a little while (12 years!!) the K.M. Corke and Associates website has been updated. And with the refurbished website comes a new blog that will explore: the general state of play in Australian politics; some of the more interesting legislation designs proposed to parliaments by governments; and the state of the Australian federation [...]

By | 2020-01-23T04:58:09+11:00 July 2nd, 2015|News and Updates|0 Comments