The Federal Government’s suite of carbon trading legislation has passed in the House of Representatives following weeks of intensive parliamentary debate.

The Clean Energy legislation, which will be debated in the Senate next month, passed in the House with 74 votes to 72.

If passed in the Senate, as is likely with the support of the Greens, the Bill, containing 18 pieces of legislation, will come into force on July 1 next year. 

The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has published a discussion paper on large-scale deployment of solar power in Australia following a roundtable held earlier in the year.

The International Monetary Fund has praised Australia’s economic position, saying that the country is well positioned to continue to reap the benefits from the ongoing commodity boom, a sound financial policy framework and a stable financial services sector.

The Federal Government has announced the proposed expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia has received environmental approval.

The Federal Government has opened the $500 million Regional Priorities Round of the Education Investment Fund, which will provide support to regional higher education institutions and vocational education and training providers.

The Federal Government has announced major federal grants of $20 million or more will be made available in the interest of ‘maximising opportunitites for Australian businesses’.

The Federal Government has announced applications for the Building Better Regional Cities will be open for local councils in regional centres across the country.

The Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE) has released a two year study into leadership and management capability, finding that progressive and innovative leadership and sound management are key to boosting the country’s productivity.

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has officially closed the October Tax Forum after announcing the government would not conduct inquiries into issues raised by participants.

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has released the 2011 Benchmark Report: Australia – A wealth of Opportunities, highlighting Australia’s economic strength and attraction as a regional financial services centres.

A discussion paper on whether local government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution has been released by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government for public consultation.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced its decision to leave the cash rate unchanged at 4.75 per cent.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has proposed major reform to the country’s media content classification system after publishing the National Classification Scheme Review Discussion Paper.

Following findings by the Australian Statistician, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has found no reason to increase the number of seats in the House of Representatives.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has released a request for tender (RFT) for a supplier to provide a comprehensive and integrated new system for issuing passports.

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