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Budget Politics

Budget delivers cost-of-living relief for millions of Australians

A modest increase in unemployment benefits and cheaper health care are the key pledges in a federal Budget tasked with helping the nation’s most vulnerable as living costs continue to hurt households. Source: ABC News.

First Nations Politics

Diverse views shared at Voice referendum inquiry

Former prime minister Tony Abbott, Indigenous leader Noel Pearson and Fr Frank Brennan SJ were among those to appear yesterday before the parliamentary inquiry into Labor’s referendum proposal on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Source: ABC News.

Budget Politics Welfare

Catholic leaders among signatories of JobSeeker letter to PM

Intense pressure remains on the Australian Government to raise the rate of JobSeeker in the imminent May Budget, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese declaring he understands “people are under real pressure”. Source: Canberra Times.

Politics Welfare

Chalmers facing growing internal division over JobSeeker

Treasurer Jim Chalmers is facing growing internal division over his decision to reject a core $24 billion recommendation from his Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee to raise JobSeeker by 40 per cent to just under $1000 a fortnight. Source: The Australian. 

First Nations Politics

Voice to Parliament an enhancement to Constitution: Solicitor-General

The Government’s top lawyer insists the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament would “enhance” Australia’s system of government, arguing he does not believe it would “pose any threat” to parliamentary democracy. Source: ABC News.

Politics Religious Freedom

Government extends review of religious exemptions for schools

A review of religious exemptions for educational institutions has been granted an end-of-year extension by the Albanese Government. Source: Yahoo News.

Politics Welfare

Experts call for ‘substantial’ increase in income support payments

A group tasked by the Albanese Government to examine income support payments says they are “seriously inadequate”. Source: ABC News.

Indigenous Politics

Leeser praised for putting ‘principle before politics’ on the Voice

Julian Leeser has warned the Albanese Government risks dividing the country by failing to ­“seriously engage” with Coalition voters who want to support an ­Indigenous Voice but have concerns over the model, after he quit the Opposition frontbench. Source: The Australian.

Indigenous Politics

Dutton says yes to constitutional recognition but no to Voice

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton will actively campaign against the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and has bound his frontbench to reject Anthony Albanese’s proposed model, prompting the Prime Minister to concede a Yes victory has been made more difficult. Source: The Australian.