Michael Brissenden


Trump presidency may result in greater Australian policy freedom in Asia-Pacific

Experts are wondering what Donald Trump's election to the US presidency might mean for Asia-Pacific regional security. Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, said yesterday that countries in the region were looking for more US leadership rather than less. Whether or not they'll get it, however, is...
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Bank owned super funds accused of gouging by delaying switch to default schemes

Banks are being accused of gouging customers by delaying the transfer of superannuation accounts into lower cost default superannuation funds. Retail funds have been given four years to switch accounts nominated as 'default' into cheaper My Super products with the deadline set to hit mid...
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Education Minister Simon Birmingham moves to shut down VET FEE-HELP amidst 'appalling behaviour'

The federal government is finally moving to rein in the VET FEE-HELP vocational student loan scheme that has been widely rorted and has cost the budget billions of dollars. The scheme, introduced by the Gillard Government in 2012, completely deregulated fees, allowing providers to charge...

Solar subsidy customers set to pay higher bills as rollback begins

The roll back of the solar subsidy scheme starts today, with South Australian consumers the first to be impacted. By January, more than a quarter of a million early adopters of solar across three states will lose the lucrative bonus, and as a result, pay...
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Same sex marriage plebiscite 'surest and most immediate path' to reform: Attorney-General Brandis

Once the plebiscite bill for same sex marriage is passed by the House of Representatives, it will then be tested on the floor of the Senate, where it now looks unlikely to get the support the government needs. Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, has appealed to...