Government and Accountability
Almost four in ten voters think that a re-elected Coalition Government would try to cut company tax for big business, even after being explicitly told the Coalition Government had announced they would no longer pursue big business company tax cuts.
Respondents were told that last year then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the Coalition Government would no longer pursue the big business company tax cuts. They were then asked which approach to company tax the Coalition Government was most likely to try if it wins the next election.
The mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin has become a national issue in 2019. While the Basin’s problems are widely discussed, solutions are not. Practical steps to turn around the fortunes of the Basin and its people are:
New research from The Australia Institute highlights four steps governments can take to improve the management of the Murray Darling Basin:
- Emergency water allocation to the dairy industry
- Develop policies to ensure diversity in Basin agriculture
- A federal Royal Commission or federal ICAC investigation
- Pause the Basin Plan
The Institute’s proposal has been backed by independent election candidates in key seats:
Analysis of released documents shows that the licences bought by the Commonwealth didn’t exist until the vendors estimated the volumes of the licences themselves, at the suggestion of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Due diligence was problematic. At least half of the water purchased cannot count towards water recovery targets as it was not included in the baseline diversion limits.
The Australia Institute has released new analysis of the controversial $80 million water deal between the Department of Agriculture and Water under then-Minister Barnaby Joyce and a company domiciled in the Cayman Islands.
The analysis shows the close collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the company selling the water, Eastern Australia Agriculture (EAA), as outlined in documents released to the Senate and under FOI to Guardian Australia.
“The deeper into this water deal you go, the murkier it gets,” said Maryanne Slattery, Senior Water Researcher at The Australia Institute.
by Ebony Bennett,
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 04 May 2019]
Trust in politicians is at an all-time low, the national debate is coarse and toxic, and the bar for what is judged politically acceptable is so low now that it feels like a cockroach could clear it. It's not unique to this election, but it feels like there has been a steep decline in recent years.
The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,426 Australians between April 11-18 April 2019, about which current and recent Ministers and Shadow Ministers they have heard of.
New research from The Australia Institute has found that young voters and their strong interest in tackling global warming could be a significant factor at the next election in South Australia, across both the Lower House and the Senate.