The Federal Budget – a Focus on Tax, Infrastructure, Regulation and Manufacturing

The Budget was handed down on 6 October. The broad nature of the document is by now well known:  the Government has total current liabilities of 1.6 trillion dollars[1] with real GDP to fall by 3.75% in calendar year 2020[2], and total gross debt projected to stabilise at around 55% of GDP in the medium [...]

From COAG to National Cabinet – Will the New Structure Work?

As the Victorian Parliament’s Federal-State Relations Committee observed in 1998, Prime Minister Hawke expressed a commitment to improving intergovernmental decision-making, following a particularly acrimonious Financial Premiers Conference in June 1990. The first step was to propose a number of procedural changes to the Premiers Conference itself, with the intention to reduce its ad hoc nature, [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:48:44+10:00 August 31st, 2020|Federalism, Governments, National Cabinet|0 Comments

From COAG to National Cabinet – Introduction

The time after the Morrison Government’s re-election can be divided in two: Before Covid (BC) and After the Disease (AD). There was a clear enough agenda in the times BC. The Budget was to be ‘back in black’. Focus was to be on ‘congestion busting ‘ bureaucratic and regulatory bottlenecks, with weaknesses in the provision [...]

By | 2020-08-31T14:11:34+10:00 August 31st, 2020|COAG, Governments, National Cabinet|0 Comments