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Changes in the Parliament

Published: 20 February 2018

The first sitting period for 2018 saw a number of changes announced in the Senate: Senator Lucy Gichuhi, formerly an Independent, announced that she had joined the Liberal Party of Australia and in future will be sitting with the government. Senator Fraser Anning announced that he had... Read news item

Closing the Gap

Published: 20 February 2018

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, presented the annual Closing the Gap statement, which sets out targets for improving the lives of Indigenous Australians. There are seven targets: Halve the gap in child mortality by 2018 (on track). Have 95 per cent of all Indigenous... Read news item

Statements on Royal Commission into Child Abuse

Published: 20 February 2018

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, will make an official apology in the Parliament later this year to victims of institutional abuse. The Prime Minister announced this as part of a statement to the House of Representatives about the Royal Commission into Child Abuse. The Prime Minister told... Read news item

Company tax cuts

Published: 20 February 2018

The rate at which companies pay income tax would be lowered under a bill passed by the House of Representatives. Introducing the bill, the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, told the House the new arrangement ‘is designed to make our company tax system more competitive on the international stage.’... Read news item

Farewell Senator Brandis

Published: 20 February 2018

After 18 years representing Queensland in the Australian Parliament, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC gave his final speech to the Senate. He spoke about traditional liberal values, including defending the rights of individuals and respect for institutions. He also spoke about the rule of law, and his own role... Read news item