Thirteen years ago, this parliament recognised the need for a completely fresh approach to family separation. It recommended a new, non-adversarial system to protect hundreds of thousands of Australian kids and their families from the harm caused by our family courts and adversarial legal system.
Independent senator for Victoria has blasted the Victorian and federal governments for failing to secure transition assistance for the Latrobe Valley in response to today’s announcement of the likely closure of Hazelwood power station.
Senator John Madigan wants the federal government to fund a return to the mandatory free school milk program. He says it would mean less Australian milk was exported at lower values, boosting average farm returns, and be more useful to dairy farmers than cheap loans.
Australia’s electoral finance regime is among the most liberal of all comparable political systems. Most democracies employ a mix of caps, bans on certain types of donor, expenditure limits and public funding to regulate the flow of money from private sources. However, in our federal sphere, there is no limit on how much can be donated to politicians, or the amount political parties can raise from donors. There are no restrictions on who can donate (not even foreign nationals, companies or governments are precluded from financing our politicians) and there are no limits on electoral spending.
Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan said there were 143,918 working holiday makers between the ages of 18 and 30 in Australia on June 30 last year and most worked on farms, picking fruit and vegetables.
He said backpackers tended to take on jobs few Australians wanted like fruit-picking and their labour was essential to the national agricultural industry and their spending critical to the tourism industry.
The father The father of former Essendon coach James Hird has asked for this legal advice to be made public, and he has been joined by independent Victorian senator, John Madigan, who insists the players have been treated unfairly through the case.
"I don't personally accept the explanation given by Mr McDevitt for refusing to release the documents. His suggestion that there are individuals named that shouldn't be thrust into the public eye could easily be resolved by redacting sensitive details," Madigan said.
While some of his fellow Senate crossbenchers were busy with a doomed High Court action, John Madigan has been putting his experience as a blacksmith to good use by making Ned Kelly armour to raise funds for his campaign.