Greens’ Treasury spokesperson Senator Nick McKim has responded to the release of the Tax Expenditure and Insights Statement and the government’s proposed changes to superannuation tax concessions.

“The big question the government is yet to answer is, what will these reforms be used to fund? Labor’s Stage 3 tax cuts are the elephant in the room.”

“Modest changes to superannuation tax concessions to help pay for a $9,000 tax cut is just a money-go-round scheme for the rich.”

“Jim Chalmers is proposing to rob Peter to pay Peter.”

“Any budget that includes the Stage 3 tax cuts makes us a less equal society.”

“The Tax Expenditure and Insights Statement shows just how much tax breaks already favour the rich.”

“The Stage 3 tax cuts are only going to make this worse.”

“Labor cannot claim to be a party of the working class while they’re implementing a quarter of a trillion dollars in tax cuts, three-quarters of which go to the top 20% of income earners.”

Advocacy puts local government priorities in the spotlight

Advocating for the needs of the local community was on the agenda today when City of Newcastle (CN) played host to the peak organisation representing councils across the state.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes met with Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Cr Darriea Turley AM to discuss local concerns ahead of the upcoming State Government election.

City of Newcastle CEO Jeremy Bath, Local Government NSW President Cr Darriea Turley AM, Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Local Government NSW Chief Executive Scott Phillips.

Cr Turley said LGNSW’s election priorities and broader advocacy work are informed by the local experience of councils across the state.

“Meeting today with Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and CEO Jeremy Bath was very productive and an opportunity to hear first-hand about the issues most affecting the council and their community,” Cr Turley said.

“Our visits to councils across NSW are always crucial as our advocacy priorities, including our current 2023 State Election Priorities, are informed by the local experiences of our state’s councils.”

Cr Nelmes welcomed the meeting, which she said provided an ideal opportunity to discuss ideas and collaborate on shared issues.

“City of Newcastle has a proven track record of working collaboratively with all levels of government to deliver the current and future needs of our community, including infrastructure, social programs, financial and environmental sustainability,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Such collaboration ensures our city continues to grow as a global gateway city and provide liveabilty and prosperity for the community.

“Working with Local Government NSW allows councils across NSW to provide a strong, unified front to advocate for the needs of our community, and communities across the state, for the betterment of all.”

Both organisations have released key priorities documents highlighting the critical issues facing the local government sector and detailing the support needed for councils to continue providing the services communities deserve.

This includes calling for the return of 100 per cent of the Section 88 waste levy paid by councils to the State Government, to be reinvested into local recycling facilities, landfill diversion, community education, technology improvements and circular economy opportunities.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss lack of housing supply and affordability pressures impacting communities, potential improvements to the State’s planning system and City of Newcastle’s own Accelerated DA System, which offers potential benefits statewide to streamline and accelerate determinations of development applications.

  • For further information on the two advocacy documents, see the relevant links below:

City of Newcastle Advocacy State Election 2023

Local Government NSW Election Priorities 2023

Ordinary Council Meeting Tuesday 28 February 2023

Following is a summary of resolutions from the Ordinary Council Meeting of Tuesday 28 February 2023. NB: it is not a full record of resolutions.

Lord Mayoral Minutes

Sympathies for the people of Türkiye and Syria
A Lord Mayoral Minute was unanimously supported that acknowledged the catastrophic devastation caused by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake which struck Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023 that has resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 people and left more than 1.5 million people homeless.

City of Newcastle will write to the Turkish Ambassador in Australia and the Honorary Consul of Syria in Australia offering the condolences of the City.

In addition, City of Newcastle will also encourage Novocastrians, who would like to make a financial contribution, to donate through the United Nations Crisis Relief fund, with donations going directly to relief organisations delivering life-saving aid to the frontlines of the crisis.

Supporting the Greater Newcastle (Hunter) Offshore Wind Zone
A Lord Mayoral Minute was supported that welcomed the recent announcement by the Albanese Federal Government of its intent to establish Australia’s second offshore wind zone off the coast of Newcastle.

The Minute acknowledged City of Newcastle’s long history of supporting and implementing renewable projects and noted that an offshore wind industry offers many benefits for Newcastle.

City of Newcastle will provide a detailed, supportive submission, noting that consultation on this proposal is now open until 28 April 2023.

NSW Government to confirm allocation of funding and responsibilities for the draft actions within the Extended Stockton Coastal Management Program (CMP) relating to the on-ground delivery of mass sand nourishment
A Lord Mayoral Minute was supported that commended the NSW Deputy Premier’s announcement on 30 January 2023 that NSW Public Works would manage the delivery of the NSW Government’s successful $6.2 million grant through the Coastal and Estuarine Risk Mitigation Program, which includes the delivery of initial amenity nourishment for Stockton Beach, studies into possible sources of mass sand from the North Arm of the Hunter River and offshore sources, and the environmental approvals required for mass sand nourishment.

The Minute also commended the announcement by the Leader of the Opposition on 8 February 2023, that NSW Labor will commit the $21 million needed from the State Government for mass sand nourishment at Stockton Beach if it wins the upcoming March election.

City of Newcastle will write to the NSW Premier, Deputy Premier, Minister for Local Government, the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Local Government, and the State Member for Newcastle, requesting that the allocation of funding and responsibilities within the NSW Government, for the actions in the Extended Stockton CMP relating to the on-ground delivery of mass sand nourishment will be determined and assigned to a NSW Government agency, to offset the impact of the NSW Government owned infrastructure on Stockton Beach, by the end of April 2023.

Ordinary business

Tabling of Register of Disclosures of Interest – 1 November 2022 to 31 January 2023
Council noted the tabling of the Register of Disclosures of Interest for 1 November 2022 to 31 January 2023 by the Chief Executive Officer.

Future Fund Policy
Council voted to adopt the Future Fund Policy to enable CN to invest its cash reserves in additional investment types to diversify CN’s revenue base and enhance long-term financial sustainability.

Endorsement of motions to the 2023 National General Assembly of Local Government
Council voted to endorse the motions for submission to the 2023 Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly.

December quarterly budget review
Council received the December Quarterly Budget Review Statement and voted to adopt the revised budget.

Variations to development standards (reporting from 1 October to 31 December 2022)
Council received the report on approved development variations between 1 October 2022 and 31 December 2022.

Six monthly performance report on the delivery program
Council received the 2022-2026 Delivery Program for the July to December 2022 period, in accordance with the NSW Local Government Act 1993.

Pearson Street Lambton – Lambton Park to Croudace Street cycling connection
Council voted to approve the cycling connection works in Pearson Street Lambton, between Lambton Park and Croudace Street, including pedestrian pathways, traffic calming devices, and pedestrian crossing infrastructure, and one-way restriction in Grainger Street Lambton from Elder Street to Howe Street.

Adoption of the Compliance and Enforcement Policy
Council voted to adopt the Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

Adoption of Mobile Food Vending (Local Approvals) Policy
Council voted to adopt the Mobile Food Vending (Local Approvals) Policy, which provides a framework for the approval and operation of mobile food vending vehicles in the Newcastle Local Government Area.

Hunter Water amenity improvement works – Litchfield Park Mayfield
Council voted to approve the creation of an easement for Hunter Water to enable improvement works on the Throsby Creek Channel in Litchfield Park, Mayfield.

Acceptance of offer – utility relocation – University Drive Catchment Rehabilitation
Council voted to accept a contract proposal for the relocation of fibre network assets in the reserve behind 28 Queen Street, Waratah West (Boatman Creek).

Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report
Council received the Audit and Risk Committee Annual Report for the 2021/2022 financial year and noted the 2022/2023 Forward Internal Audit Plan.

Endorsement of Planning Agreement for 30 and 31 Vista Parade Kotara
Council voted to endorse the Planning Agreement for 30 and 31 Vista Parade, Kotara (St James Primary School).

Determination of income taxation for Councillors
Council unanimously voted to lay the item on the table.

Executive monthly performance report
Council received the executive monthly performance report for January 2023.

Administration of 2024 Council elections
Council voted to determine the arrangements for the administration of the Local Government ordinary elections scheduled to be held in September 2024.

Tender Report Replacement of Boscawen Street Bridge – Contract 2023/009t
Council voted to accept a tender for the replacement of the Boscawen Street Bridge in Wallsend.

Notices of Motion

Llewellyn Street, Merewether – Loss of right-of-carriageway
Council noted a previous unanimous resolution on 13 December 2022 calling for an investigation by Planning, Transport and Regulation Officers into the effective removal and loss of the right-of-carriageway as a result of development at 37 Llewellyn Street Merewether.

City of Newcastle will expedite the investigation and seek action to remedy and restore the right-of-carriageway, consistent with the current development approval and report back to the next council meeting.

Improving operating hours and resources for Beresfield Police Station
Council defeated a notice of motion asking City of Newcastle to write to the NSW Government and Opposition.

Addressing problem gambling and money laundering in New South Wales
Council supported an amended notice of motion.

Calling for funding for Wallsend Flood Mitigation
Council supported an amended notice of motion calling on Councillor Pull to commit to funding for future mitigation works including the widending of the stormwater channel.

Shark Management Program in Newcastle
Council supported an amended notice of motion noting that shark mitigation is the responsibility of the NSW State Government, not Council, and that City of Newcastle has not undertaken broad community consultation on this matter.

Funding for Minmi Road upgrades
Council supported an amended notice of motion to write to the Member for Wallsend, Minister for Regional Roads, Minister for Metropolitan Road and Leader of the Opposition seeking a commitment for funding for future upgrades and to reclassify the road as regional.

Bar Beach Car Park
Council supported an amended notice of motion that noted City of Newcastle ensures reasonable security measures are undertaken at Bar Beach car park by locking the gates to the car park at Bar Beach at 10pm, and requesting cars to vacate prior to this. CN staff will undertake a review of signage to ensure it clearly communicates the car park closing times and reminds motorists that any hooning behaviour can attract a fine of up to $3,300.

Pep11 and offshore coal, oil and gas exploration and mining
Council supported a notice of motion to write to the Minister for Resources, reiterating City of Newcastle’s strong and decades-long opposition to offshore oil and gas mining off the coast of Newcastle, and to the future extension of the PEP11 gas exploration licence.

Toll Relief drives savings for sole traders

Up to $1,500 in cash will hit the bank accounts of sole traders within days as the NSW Government’s Toll Relief Rebate Scheme is extended to small business.

Treasurer Matt Kean said eligible small business operators would be able to claim up to an additional $750 in rebates once they’ve spent $375 in a year on a business toll account.

“Sole traders can backdate claims to 1 July 2022 and claim 40 per cent of what they’ve spent, up to $750 a year. This is in addition to the up to $750 a year in rebates available to sole traders for tolls incurred for their non-business activities, giving them a total of up to $1500,” Mr Kean said.

“This will make a big difference to many small business operators who will receive cash in their accounts within days of claiming. Eligible drivers will also be able to claim free or half-priced rego until 30 June, in addition to the toll rebate.”

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said more than 65,000 drivers had already claimed $26.9 million in the first three weeks of the new scheme.

“More than $26 million has already been deposited straight back into the pockets of hard-working families, tradies and other workers who regularly travel on Sydney toll roads,” Mrs Ward said.

“Small businesses will now have the chance to benefit as part of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to deliver savings across the community.”

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the Toll Relief scheme was one of more than 70 cost of living rebates available through Service NSW.

“The experience of the last month has shown lodging your claim through your MyServiceNSW account is quick and easy and can be done in a matter of minutes,” Mr Dominello said.

“Customers just need to verify their identity, link their NSW toll account and then submit their claim. The MyService account also features a Toll Tracker, enabling motorists to easily track their expenditure before lodging a claim.

“Over 99 per cent of the almost 124,000 motorists who have left feedback have reported a positive experience.”

Customers who need assistance verifying their identity, linking their toll account or submitting a claim can call Service NSW on 13 77 88 for guidance or by visiting their nearest Service NSW Service Centre for digital kiosk support.

For more information, go to:

Parramatta project a construction powerhouse for NSW businesses

The concrete slab has been poured and the first of 12,000 tonnes of structural steel has been installed in a major milestone for the construction of the state’s biggest museum Powerhouse Parramatta.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Parramatta Powerhouse would become a Western Sydney landmark and the cultural institution the region had been crying out for. 

“It took the long term economic plan of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government to transform an idea like the Powerhouse Parramatta from a thought bubble to a reality, that will be cherished by generations of Western Sydney residents,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This project isn’t just creating a world-class cultural institution but is also creating jobs, with more than $200 million in contracts awarded to NSW businesses by construction partner Lendlease.”

Minister for Infrastructure Rob Stokes said Western Sydney was the big winner, with Lendlease setting a target for 70 per cent of the construction workforce to be Western Sydney locals.

“Our record $116 billion infrastructure pipeline is powering the state’s economy and Western Sydney workers are reaping the benefits, with $75 million in contracts from the Powerhouse Parramatta project awarded to local businesses,” Mr Stokes said.

“Contractors like Azzurri Concrete are the foundation of this project, with the Wetherill Park business completing a 1000-cubic-metre concrete pour – the equivalent of 160 concrete trucks – in one day.”

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the project would hold one of the most extraordinary collections in Australia.

“Once complete, this incredible museum will see Parramatta become the home of arts, design, science and technology, bringing two million visitors from across Australia and around the world to Western Sydney each year,” Mr Franklin said.

“Powerhouse Parramatta will be the largest museum in NSW, sharing more of the Powerhouse Collection than has ever been seen before. The state-of-the-art exhibition spaces will host international travelling exhibitions, bringing the very best of the world to Parramatta.”

Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said Powerhouse Parramatta was the biggest investment in arts and culture since the Sydney Opera House and will be the cultural icon Western Sydney deserves.

“I know my community in Parramatta and across Western Sydney will be thrilled by this city-defining museum that will become a cultural anchor within the wider Parramatta precinct,” Mr Lee said.

Liberal candidate for Parramatta Katie Mullens said Parramatta was being transformed by the Liberals and Nationals record infrastructure pipeline.

“Whether it’s Sydney Metro West, Parramatta Light Rail, Commbank Stadium or Powerhouse Parramatta – our city has been transformed by this record infrastructure investment and residents will continue to benefit for generations,” Ms Mullens said.

In an Australian-first all cranes on site are now powered by renewable diesel – directly contributing to a reduction in emissions and helping achieve greater sustainability outcomes without any impact on productivity. 

Powerhouse Parramatta will be a 6 star green star building with net zero operations from the day it opens, with the project on track for construction completion in late 2024. For more information visithere.

Other Western Sydney Businesses engaged on the project to date include:

· Fredon Industries (electrical services) – Silverwater

· Planet Plumbing – Campsie

· Ultrasafe Fire Protection – Smithfield West

· Marr Contracting (cranes) – Sefton

· Bestbar Reinforcement – Prestons

Greater security for faith communities in Maroubra

Liberal candidate for Maroubra Bill Burst has welcomed the announcement that a re-elected NSW Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $10 million over four years to boost safety and security for faith communities.

Mr Burst said the funding would be put to good use for various faith communities who make a valuable contribution to the Maroubra area.

“There is a long history of many faith communities making valuable and significant contributions to the Maroubra area,” Mr Burst said.

“This investment in community safety will be put to good use to boost security and support religious institutions. We have a thriving community in Maroubra and cultural diversity is a big part of that.”

Through a $10 million grants program, faith organisations will be supported to strengthen safety and security at religious institutions where there is a demonstrated risk, including places of worship, schools, community centres, and buildings with religious symbols.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said everyone across NSW should be able to follow and practice their faith freely and without fear or concern for their safety and wellbeing.

“No matter where you’re from, what language you speak, or the faith you follow, everyone deserves tolerance and respect in our state,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This commitment will build on this principle to protect communities, increase tolerance and ultimately help people feel safer.”

The $10 million program will provide capital and operational funding for a range of safety measures to strengthen preparedness and response to safety risks, including security and detection software and systems, communal security services, lighting, fencing, CCTV, training staff, and well-being programs for community members. Importantly, support for guards and management of security at high-risk venues or particularly at-risk sites will also be eligible for funding, as assessed by NSW Police.

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said this investment will empower faith groups and organisations to do what they need in order to keep their communities safe.

“We have worked incredibly hard over the years to foster a multicultural and multi-faith society built on mutual respect, understanding and harmony. This investment forms part of our vision to ensure that continues,” Mr Coure said.

Welcoming the announcement, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark said anti-Semitic incidents are at their highest levels NSW has ever seen.

“An attack on one faith is an attack on us all, and this much-needed funding will go a long way to keeping all communities in NSW safe from harm,” Mr Bark said.

“Hate leads to violence, and today’s announcement ensures faith communities are equipped to deter violent attacks, and assists authorities with the prosecution of the offenders.

We thank the NSW Government and the members of the Religious Communities Advisory Council, who have made this a reality.”

Australian National Imams Council President Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman also welcomed the announcement.

“Islamophobia and other faith-based hate is on the rise, and all of our institutions need ongoing support in order to be protected,” Mr Alsuleiman said.

“Safety and security was identified as a priority when the Council was formed, and with increasing threats to our communities from right-wing extremists. We are very grateful to the NSW Government for this important funding.”

This commitment complements a range of measures implemented by the NSW Liberals and Nationals to improve community safety and social cohesion, including prohibiting the public display of Nazi symbols and creating a new offence of publicly threatening or inciting violence against people on several grounds, including race and religious affiliation.

The NSW Government consulted with the new Religious Communities Advisory Council on safety and security during its inaugural meeting on Monday, 23 January 2023.

No new taxes under a Liberal and Nationals Government

A re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government will guarantee that there will be no new taxes on households and small businesses in the next term of government.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said this guarantee would provide certainty to businesses and family budgets.

“Families and businesses are already better off today and paying less tax than they were under the last Labor government,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Since 2011, our Liberal and Nationals Government has made 33 tax cuts, putting $10.5 billion back in the pockets of those who need it most.

“We’ve slashed payroll tax nine times saving thousands of businesses over $5 billion. We’ve also increased the taxable income threshold by $522,000 to $1.2 million, meaning small businesses are no longer burdened with any pay payroll tax and medium-sized businesses are saving $28,500 a year.

“Our landmark stamp duty reforms, which give first home buyers the choice of paying a small annual fee instead of a large upfront stamp duty payment, will save families $900 million over the next four years.

“We are making a commitment to families and businesses across the state that there will be no new taxes in the next term of government under the Liberal and Nationals, providing them with financial certainty as they manage their budgets.

“Only a Liberal and Nationals Government can commit to no new taxes thanks to our long-term economic plan to keep our state moving forward.”

Treasurer Matt Kean said only the Liberal and Nationals Government has the budget discipline and track record to grow the economy, create jobs and deliver vital services for NSW.

“Taxes will always be lower under a Liberal and Nationals Government,” Mr Kean said.

“Committing to no new taxes in our next term of government gives families and small businesses reassurance as they manage their budgets.  

“During their last term of government, NSW Labor introduced or increased taxes at least two dozen times. When Labor can’t manage their budget, they come after yours.”

List of Taxes Abolished or Decreased since 2011
Stamp duty: introduce First Home Buyer Choice for properties up to $1.5m giving first home buyers a choice between larger upfront stamp duty or lower annual payment
Land tax: extending principal place of residence exemption for building or renovating a home
Payroll Tax waiver of 50% in 2021-22 for businesses with Australian wages less than $10m
Stamp Duty waiver on Electric Vehicles sold for up to $78,000
Payroll Tax rate reduction from 5.45% to 4.85% in 2020-21 and 2021-22
Accelerate Payroll Tax threshold to $1 million from 1 July 2020
Payroll threshold increased from $1 million to $1.2 million
Payroll Tax waiver of 25% in 2019-20 for businesses with Australian wages less than $10m
Payroll Tax exemption for additional wages arising from JobKeeper
Transfer Duty reduction for one year for first home buyers purchasing new homes valued between $650,000 and $1 million
Freeze of indexation rates for heavy vehicles
Extension of the rebate for Primary Producer Heavy Vehicle registration
Emergency Drought Relief through one-year relief from Local Land Services annual rates and Farm Innovation Fund loan interest relief
Broadened Toll relief Program
Indexing Transfer Duty thresholds to CPI
Free registration on Primary Producer Heavy Vehicles
Emergency Drought Relief Package that includes free registration to agricultural vehicles, waiving local land services rates and waiving interest loans under the NSW Farm Innovation Fund
Introduced new $1 million Payroll Tax threshold
Caravan motor vehicle weight tax reduced by 40%
NSW Tolling Reward Plan: Introduced free motor vehicle registration for large toll consumers
Abolish insurance duty on commercial vehicle insurance for small businesses
Abolish Insurance Duty on professional indemnity insurance for small business
Abolish Insurance Duty on product and public liability insurance for small business
Abolish Insurance Duty on lenders mortgage insurance
Abolish Insurance Duty on crop and livestock insurance
Transfer duty exemption for first home buyers on new and existing homes valued up to $650,000, with discounts up to $800,000
Lowering NSW wagering tax rates to match Victoria’s
Abolition of stamp duty on business mortgages
Abolition of stamp duty on unlisted marketable securities
Abolition of transfer duty on non-real assets
Payroll tax threshold increase from $689,000 to $750,000
Raise the property value cap on first home buyer stamp duty concessions for new homes from $600,000 to $650,000
Payroll tax rebate for workers with a disability

Millions for Milton-Ulladulla health services

Patients in the Milton-Ulladulla region requiring a CT scan will no longer need to be transported outside the area, with Liberal candidate for South Coast Luke Sikora welcoming plans unveiled for a new medical imaging facility.

“This is great news for patients across the South Coast community who will not need to travel to get the CT scan they need,” Mr Sikora said.

“It is a considerable investment into the health of locals and means doctors will have state of the art equipment to make a diagnosis.

“Having Minister Hazzard here today to make this significant announcement shows the Perrottet Liberal Team’s commitment to healthcare on the South Coast.

“These investments are only possible from the NSW Government’s strong financial record and long term plan to keep our state moving forward.”

Mr Sikora also welcomed investment into the master planning for Milton Ulladulla Hospital.

“This funding is part of the continued investment in health services across South Coast so patients can feel comfortable that they receive the best possible care,” he said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said a purpose-built facility at Milton will house the new CT scanner as part of a $7.5 million investment to deliver new and expanded services.

“This commitment under a re-elected NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is about bringing the best health services closer to home for the community,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Having a new CT scanner on-site will not only save patients a trip to Nowra but importantly, it will help doctors make a fast, accurate and earlier diagnosis to begin treatment, which can result in improved patient outcomes.”

A CT scan is painless, state-of-the-art medical imaging that can identify a wide range of clinical problems and may eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and biopsies.

In addition to the new CT scanner and medical imaging facility, $1.5 million of the allocated funding will go towards upgrading the Community Cancer Services Centre.

Mr Hazzard said a further $500,000 of the total $7.5 million investment earmarked for the region, will also see master planning commence for the Milton Ulladulla Hospital.

“These three complementary health initiatives are a win for the local community which is growing in size and welcoming more holiday makers every year,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Undertaking master planning of the hospital site will ensure the Local Health District can identify health service requirements needed to support the community into the future.”

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock welcomed the investment and said it is a hallmark of the Liberal and Nationals Government, future-proofing the health system.

“In our first decade in Government, we invested more than $18 billion on building and redeveloping hospitals and health facilities across NSW that Labor never touched.”

Voice to have all the power

The elites are well and truly in charge of the Voice agenda, with a recent declaration they plan to use the Voice to seize power. Many Aboriginals you chat with on the street would tell you their dreams are about a better future for their family and kids, not the elitist Voices of parliament.

Dividing Australia along racial lines has long been a goal of extremist elites who try to tell Australians how to run their lives.

Now the extremist elites have let slip how their vision of how the Voice will work.

They declared from their lofty positions on high, “The Indigenous voice “will have a lot of power” and will not passively wait to be consulted,”

“There is a misconception that it will have no power and it will have no influence. I mean we can debate that for ages but of course, it will have a lot of power. It will have a lot of power because it’s a constitutional voice that is mandated by the Australian people and that gives it a lot of power,

“It will make the representations. So it’s not a consultative body in that it is sitting there waiting passively for the Commonwealth to consult it or bureaucrats to consult it.”

These revelations should send a shudder down the spine of every decent Australian. The Voice will have power, will interfere in government and will be an activist body (code: home for extremists like Lidia Thorpe).

The words used by the elitists who are pursuing the Voice are the worst-case scenario for Australia.

These people have now placed on record their desire to usurp Australian democracy and that spells disaster for the way we live and everything we stand for.

Source: Professor Davis and Ms Anderson, co-chairs of the ‘Uluru Dialogue’ quoted in – The Australian 28/02/2023


Today the Prime Minister led a Cyber Security Roundtable, focused on the whole-of-nation effort required to protect Australians and our economy, with the aim of making Australia the most cyber secure nation by 2030.

We invited leaders from the public service and our intelligence agencies, and independent experts from business, industry and civil society, to share their expertise and experience.

We discussed ideas including incentivising best practice cyber behaviours, growing Australia’s cyber security sector and raising national cyber awareness, to shape a new strategy.  One that will give Australian businesses and families confidence, stability and security, in the face of rapidly evolving threats.

The Albanese Government also announced it will establish a Coordinator for Cyber Security, supported by a National Office for Cyber Security within the Department of Home Affairs, to ensure a centrally coordinated approach to deliver Government’s cyber security responsibilities.

Input from today’s roundtable will inform the development of Government’s 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.  That Strategy will be led by the Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, Clare O’Neil, the first Cabinet Minister to hold the portfolio of Cyber Security.

The Cyber Security Strategy Expert Advisory Board, appointed by Minister O’Neil, has released a public discussion paper seeking feedback on the development of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.

The Prime Minister and Minister O’Neil thank today’s leaders for their roundtable input, and encourage all Australians to share their views in the discussion for a safer cyber world.

The discussion paper can be found here.

Prime Minister, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP said:

“Strengthening Australia’s cyber security is a fundamental priority for our government because we recognise it is essential to the way every Australian lives and works and trades and learns and communicates.”

“This is a fast-moving, rapidly-evolving threat and for too many years, Australia has been off the pace. Our government is determined to change that. “

“I want to thank those who participated in the Roundtable for their innovative ideas, considered feedback and constructive approach to addressing the cyber security challenges facing our nation.”

“For businesses these days, cyber security is as important and essential as the shop having a lock on the door.  We need all Australian businesses to be able to protect themselves and – just as importantly – protect their customers.”

the Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Clare O’Neil MP said:

“Getting our cyber security settings right will take time, and Australians should be prepared for more cyber incidents in the coming years. However, it is clear that Australians expect more from businesses holding their sensitive data, and Government has a central role to play to ensure everyone is pulling their weight.”

“As a nation, we cannot sleepwalk into our cyber future. I want Australia to be the world’s most cyber secure country by 2030. I believe that is possible, but it will take a concerted effort from industry and Government alike.”

“Industry needs to put cyber security at the heart of its business decisions and practices, and Government needs to walk the talk and work with industry as genuine partners to build a nationally consistent approach.”

“Today’s roundtable demonstrated the potential for a truly national approach. I want to thank those who attended the roundtable for their willingness to contribute to Australia’s cyber security, and for their constructive feedback on the direction of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy.”