Protecting family violence victims from being cross-examined by alleged perpetrators

Today, I release draft legislative amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 to ensure victims of family violence are protected from being personally cross-examined by their alleged perpetrators. The proposed legislative changes are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to implementing protections against family violence for Australian families, and form part of the Government’s package of measures to further support the family law system. The draft amendments see a legislative ban on self-represented parties conducting direct cross-examination where one party is convicted or charged of an offence involving violence against…

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Further action to create a more competitive banking system for Australians

More competitive loans and other financial products for Australians will be encouraged through new reforms announced by the Turnbull Government in the 2017 Budget. The Turnbull Government is getting on with the job of implementing our Budget measures which will deliver a fairer and stronger financial system for Australians. New entrants to the Australian banking market face a simple but significant obstacle – the prohibition on the use of the word ‘bank’. Currently, only authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) with capital greater than $50 million are permitted to use the term…

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Innovation has Older Australians Sharing in Better Caring

An Australian-first online marketplace linking independent care and support workers with clients highlights the promise of innovation to improve the lives of our ageing population. 17 July 2017 An Australian-first online marketplace linking independent care and support workers with clients highlights the promise of innovation to improve the lives of our ageing population. Officially opening the new and expanded headquarters of Better Caring today, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said the start-up company reflected the Turnbull Government’s vision of individual choice and control in a consumer driven market. “Better Caring’s…

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DEFENCE SUPPORT TO DOMESTIC COUNTER-TERRORISM ARRANGEMENTS

The Australian Defence Force will expand its role in assisting the states to respond to terrorist incidents under new changes being made by the Turnbull Government. The overhaul will make it easier for Defence to work together with Federal, State and Territory Police in the event of a terrorist incident. To stay ahead of the evolving threat of terrorism, the Turnbull Government reviewed Defence’s support to domestic counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure Australia has a co-ordinated and integrated response. State and Territory Police Forces remain the best first response to terrorist…

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Australian Online Shopping

Australians are shopping online more than ever and mainly from local retailers, with sales surging more than 11 per cent in the past year, according to new research from Australia Post. Australia Post today released its second annual Inside Australian Online Shopping Report – an overview of eCommerce in Australia, identifying who is buying what and where online. The report, which draws on all of Australia Post and StarTrack’s customer and delivery data, showed online shopping sales soared 11.5 per cent in 2016 compared with 2015, and domestic retailers accounted…

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$20k write-off a real help for Ryan’s small businesses

A YEAR-LONG extension to the popular $20,000 instant asset write-off programme helps the more than 13,000 small businesses across the Ryan electorate, local MP Jane Prentice says. “As small businesses start to meet with their tax agents and plan for the year ahead, now is the time to take advantage of the instant tax write-off to help purchase the new equipment they need,” Mrs Prentice said. Joining Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack on a nationwide small business roadshow through Brisbane today, Mrs Prentice said the write-off is already helping…

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