Archived News for Professionals in Federal Government - September, 2013
The head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says it is not worth spending piles of money on new roads when we can change the way people use current ones, and make more money from that.
There has been both welcoming and rejection of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s ‘water trigger’ for the approval of large coal mining and coal seam gas projects.
A Standards Australia Committee in charge of making sure children’s furniture is safe as possible has received and award for its efforts – but the work never stops.
The Coalition government has revealed some of its taste in departmental leadership, appointing two new heads from the same university and who were initially hired by the same senior public servant.
Singapore has tightened its rules on the hiring of foreign workers following protests over the large number of outsiders in the increasingly affluent city-state.
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator was meant to come into operation this month, but has been delayed again with reports saying it is uncertain when the new body will get underway.
As has been repeated many times since the federal election, the new Coalition government intends to be known for its infrastructure – the incoming regime is trying to put money where its mouth has been and present a business case for massive road projects.
A major investigation has been launched to try to decipher how two Qantas jets with hundreds of passengers between them came within a mere 215 metres of each over the southern coast of Australia.
Several companies in the telecoms industry are taking the uncertainty over the future of the National Broadband Network as an opportunity to drum up some profits.
South Australia’s Attorney-General does not believe video game restrictions are being applied strongly enough, and that delicate minds are being exposed to violent and sexual content.
Tony Abbott has placed himself in charge of women’s issues in Australia, nominating one of the handful of women in his cabinet as ‘Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women.’
Workers in the public sector may be feeling a distinct rumble of tough times ahead, with the sacking of three top-tier officials as one of the first acts of a cost-cutting Federal Government.