To mark their first twelve months in office, The Australia Institute has stripped the Abbott Government’s commitments down to their birthday suits to determine exactly how they are viewed in the community. It isn’t all good.

To mark their first twelve months in office, The Australia Institute has stripped the Abbott Government’s commitments down to their birthday suits to determine exactly how they are viewed in the community. It isn’t all good.

In the end, even the Treasurer had to agree with us. There is no ‘budget emergency’. There never was a ‘budget emergency’.It took us a year of repeating it, but the message finally got through. 

In the end, even the Treasurer had to agree with us. 
There is no ‘budget emergency’. There never was a ‘budget emergency’.
It took us a year of repeating it, but the message finally got through. 

Apologising for his remarks about poor people not owning cars or driving, Treasurer Joe Hockey assured us all that he had been fighting for the most disadvantaged all his life. His budget will still impact most heavily on the most vulnerable in our community. Stop helping, Joe.

Apologising for his remarks about poor people not owning cars or driving, Treasurer Joe Hockey assured us all that he had been fighting for the most disadvantaged all his life. His budget will still impact most heavily on the most vulnerable in our community. Stop helping, Joe.

Discussing population has always been fraught in Australia, but there are some difficult questions that go along with our population growth. How can we provide housing without just increasing urban sprawl? Who is planning for the extra services we need, such as hospitals and public transport? 

Discussing population has always been fraught in Australia, but there are some difficult questions that go along with our population growth. How can we provide housing without just increasing urban sprawl? Who is planning for the extra services we need, such as hospitals and public transport? 

The Minerals Council released a report, which they said showed the high rate of tax paid by industry. Except that it doesn’t. It shows that they paid a low rate of tax.In fact, when we added up everything they paid, not just tax, using their own report, we found that their contributions made up less than five per cent of revenue. 

The Minerals Council released a report, which they said showed the high rate of tax paid by industry. 
Except that it doesn’t. It shows that they paid a low rate of tax.
In fact, when we added up everything they paid, not just tax, using their own report, we found that their contributions made up less than five per cent of revenue. 

….And it’s COAL, coal for Australia!!! This is the race we really can’t be proud of but we’re running ahead of other Commonwealth countries in CO2 emissions. Big mining is bringing home the coal medal for Australia in the very serious game of energy generation.

….And it’s COAL, coal for Australia!!! This is the race we really can’t be proud of but we’re running ahead of other Commonwealth countries in CO2 emissions. Big mining is bringing home the coal medal for Australia in the very serious game of energy generation.

The solar industry is hotting up! It’s growing fast, employing significantly more people than coal, and keeping electricity prices down. 

The solar industry is hotting up! It’s growing fast, employing significantly more people than coal, and keeping electricity prices down. 

As Ian Young prepares to address the Press Club about higher education funding and deregulation, it is important to understand the impacts of deregulation - who can and can’t access higher education as it becomes more expensive, and what that can mean for our community.

As Ian Young prepares to address the Press Club about higher education funding and deregulation, it is important to understand the impacts of deregulation - who can and can’t access higher education as it becomes more expensive, and what that can mean for our community.

With all the focus on the carbon & mining taxes last week, the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) amendments got through with little attention. If you’re not sure where you sit on FoFA, we’ve developed this handy little quiz to help you out.

With all the focus on the carbon & mining taxes last week, the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) amendments got through with little attention. If you’re not sure where you sit on FoFA, we’ve developed this handy little quiz to help you out.

"Terminate the carbon tax because certainly that should mean that the price of a leg of lamb comes down" … Tony Abbott, 14/7The carbon tax never applied to agriculture.A leg of lamb is cheaper now than it was when the carbon tax came in.

"Terminate the carbon tax because certainly that should mean that the price of a leg of lamb comes down" … Tony Abbott, 14/7
The carbon tax never applied to agriculture.
A leg of lamb is cheaper now than it was when the carbon tax came in.

Turns out, Australians love renewable energy. We really don’t like coal-fired power. And we think the government should be supporting the expansion of renewable energy, not scrapping the RET.

Turns out, Australians love renewable energy. We really don’t like coal-fired power. And we think the government should be supporting the expansion of renewable energy, not scrapping the RET.

Tackling inequality is a political choice, not an economic problem.

Tackling inequality is a political choice, not an economic problem.

The RET has been blamed for energy price rises but our research shows it’s being made a scapegoat.

The RET has been blamed for energy price rises but our research shows it’s being made a scapegoat.

Australian coal isn’t just burning at home, it’s exporting climate change.

Australian coal isn’t just burning at home, it’s exporting climate change.

The Minerals Council says mining receives zero dollars in subsidies. It’s a long way from zero dollars. And it’s money that could be spent on health, education and policing.

The Minerals Council says mining receives zero dollars in subsidies. It’s a long way from zero dollars. And it’s money that could be spent on health, education and policing.