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New rules for media ownership

Published: 21 September 2017

The Senate has passed a bill that includes major changes to the rules governing media ownership in Australia. The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 ends the 'two-out-of-three cross-media control rule' that stops media companies controlling television, radio and newspapers in the same area of the country. The... Read news item

Changes to funding for higher education

Published: 21 September 2017

The House of Representatives has passed a wide-ranging bill to reform, or change, the ways in which the government, taxpayers and students contribute to the costs of higher education in Australia. The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 includes a... Read news item

High Court to determine eligibility of members of parliament

Published: 21 September 2017

The High Court, sitting in its capacity as the Court of Disputed Returns, has announced it will meet on October 10-12 to determine whether several members of parliament were ineligible to be elected to Parliament as a result of being dual citizens. Under section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution,... Read news item

Epic walk ends at Parliament House

Published: 21 September 2017

Clinton Pryor, a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and Yulparitja man from Western Australia, walked almost 6000 kilometres from Perth to Parliament House in Canberra. Seeking to raise awareness of Indigenous issues, Mr Pryor met several members of parliament, including the Hon Linda Burney MP, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator Patrick Dodson,... Read news item

Private member’s bill to increase renewable energy

Published: 21 September 2017

A bill to expand the renewable energy target – and increase it on an annual basis between 2021 and 2030 – has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Presenting the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Continuing the Energy Transition) Bill 2017, Mr Adam Bandt, the Member for Melbourne, said,... Read news item