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 John Madigan has today challenged the Andrews state government to immediately ban onshore gas drilling in Victoria, including unconventional methods such as coal seam gas fracking.
Independent Senator John Madigan, who has been campaigning for improved building regulations, said the penalty imposed on the builder “appears light on” and there’s “no doubt” the system let the residents down.
IT’S been a long election campaign and it’s thrown up some interesting ideas. One comes from Victorian Senator John Madigan. He’s a blacksmith who ran his own engineering workshop before going to Canberra in 2010.
He’s been witnessing the terrible times in the dairy industry and reckons he’s come up with a better plan than $550m of loans. He says it would get a “significant boost if the government brought back the free milk in schools program”.
Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan urged the government to do more in response to the crisis and re-introduce a “free milk in schools” program.
“Australia is literally drowning in a national discount milk lake, while significant numbers of Australian children are known to be malnourished, literally not receiving enough calcium in their diets,” he said.
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.