Axe the Tax Period-Share the Dignity

The Coalition Government understands that the application of the GST to feminine hygiene products is an important issue to many people. Under the intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations and Commonwealth legislation, a change to the rate or base of the GST would need to be supported by all of the States and Territories. It would…

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Carmichael Mine Project

Carmichael Mine Project Financing for the Carmichael mine project is a commercial matter and the final decision on whether to proceed with the project rests with Adani.   The Government is not providing special treatment for Adani to access export credit finance. Adani, like any Australian export project proponent, is able to apply for loans…

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Australian Live Sheep Exports

Australian Live Sheep Exports In response to the footage, Luke contacted the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources for comment on the matter. Luke and the Coalition Government condemn cruelty to animals and take animal welfare very seriously. Australia requires level of animal welfare much higher than other countries do through the live export supply…

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No to Overseas Fishing Fleets and Restore Our Marine Sanctuaries

No to Overseas Fishing Fleets and Restore Our Marine Sanctuaries   The Coalition Government is delivering a more balanced and scientific evidence-based approach to ocean protection, enabling tourism and well-managed fishing activity supporting local communities, local jobs and regional economies.   Key elements of the Coalition Government’s plans include: •             An increase of 200,000 square…

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Block the bills! Protect our voice

Block the bills! Protect our voice The package of espionage and foreign interference legislative reforms On 7 December 2017, the Prime Minister introduced a comprehensive package of legislative reforms implementing the findings of the former Attorney-General’s review of Australia’s espionage and foreign interference laws. The National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017…

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Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals

Ban on Cosmetic Testing on Animals The testing of cosmetic products and ingredients is conducted to assist in developing a new product and to ensure the product and its ingredients are safe to use. For the investigation of possible human health effects, animal tests have historically been used, as they best represent the overall effect…

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Marine Park Management Plans

Marine Park Management Plans The Commonwealth Director of National Parks has released draft plans to establish a world-class management program across 44 marine parks. Covering more than 3.3 million sqkm, an area bigger than the size of India, the draft plans are a vast improvement on those that were announced by the Gillard Government in…

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Homeopathic and Complementary Medicines

Homeopathic and Complementary Medicines   On 24 October 2014 the Australian Government announced that there would be an expert panel review of the regulation of medicines and medical devices (MMDR review). In September 2016, the Government agreed to most of the recommendations made by the Expert Panel. As part of this program of work, an…

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Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities discussion paper

Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities discussion paper Submissions to the discussion paper closed on Friday 4 August with feedback received, now being considered by the Federal Government. The Government recognises the important role played by Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) organisations and is a strong supporter of Australia’s not -for-profit sector. The reforms proposed in…

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