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Greens senators resign

Published: 21 July 2017

Greens Senators Scott Ludlam from Western Australia and Larissa Waters from Queensland have both resigned from the Senate. Their resignations follow separate announcements they are ineligible to sit in the Senate, according to section 44 of the Australian Constitution. Section 44 covers the qualifications to be elected a senator,... Read news item

Reforms to school funding

Published: 29 June 2017

A six-hour debate – including a division vote by the Senate at 1.02am – will result in significant reform of schools funding in Australia following the passage of the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 through the Parliament. Often referred to as ‘Gonski 2.0’, the bill was based on a... Read news item

Update on national security

Published: 29 June 2017

The Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, has urged the Parliament to support changes to citizenship requirements aimed at ensuring migrants embrace Australian values. 'We should make no apology for asking those who seek to join our Australian family to join us as Australian patriots,' he said. Mr... Read news item

Citizenship law strengthened

Published: 29 June 2017

People applying for citizenship will be required to sign an Australian Values Statement which, among other things, states respect for the rule of law, freedom of religion and speech, and support for parliamentary democracy. This is one of the changes proposed by the government in its Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment... Read news item

Calls for government to act on pay gap

Published: 29 June 2017

Australia's highly gender segregated workforce is a major contributor to the pay gap between men and women, with six in 10 Australians working in an industry dominated by one gender. This was among the findings made by the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee following an inquiry into 'Gender... Read news item