Federal Budget Summary 2019-20

Budget 2019-20 Highlights & Key Points This is a Budget not only designed to showcase the return to surplus (and by default the Government’s economic credentials) but engage voters with initiatives to make them feel like they are more prosperous. A massive infrastructure spend adds to this sentiment and the Government has stated that it…

China/US trade war

What does the China/US trade war mean to Australia? As the bilateral trade war between the US and China heats up, we look at what this might mean to Australia caught between its cultural and military ties to the US and its strong economic relationship with China. At the annual United Nations General Assembly President…

Budget Balancing Act

2017-18 Budget

Budget Balancing Act The problems that any Australian Government is expected to resolve and the wish list they are supposed to fulfil is extensive regardless of which party is in power. As author John Lydgate wrote: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some…

What does scrapping 457 visas mean

What does scrapping 457 visas mean?

The Australian government has pledged to scrap the 457 visa entirely What does this mean if you run a business which relies on them? Details will be fleshed out in the coming weeks, but here’s what we know so far: Current 457 visa holders will not be affected While the government is abolishing the 457…