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  • Muir, Palmer in Senate alliance | Business Spectator
    Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP with a staff reporter Mining magnate Clive Palmer says his alliance with the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party will bring stability to federal parliament although the composition of the Senate is uncertain as a recount for Western Australia has been ordered Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn overruled his local officers and granted a request from Greens Senator Scott Ludlam in WA race given the small margins involved Mr Palmer announced the Palmer United Party had signed a memorandum of understanding with the micro party which would see the two voting together in the Senate We re one team of people working together because we ve got common policies he told reporters Mr Palmer who was flanked by the Motoring Enthusiast s senator elect Ricky Muir in Sydney said MPs working together to get legislation passed was a good thing for Australia He said the agreement would bring stability to politics We certainly support the Motorists party and their aspirations for motorists in Australia Ricky supports our policies on the economy and on other things I believe Mr Muir said the agreement would encompass certain matters between the two parties without explaining what those areas of agreement were He said his party would work with the Palmer United Party PUP to ensure the smooth operation of parliament and the orderly operation of the Senate This will provide the government and the people of Australia the certainty he told reporters Together I can do so much more than I could ve achieved alone Mr Muir said the role of holding the balance of power between the two parties would be critically important to the future of Australia Mr Palmer called for more resources for his party to ensure efficient decision making on legislation saying it was important to avoid gridlock in parliament Mr Palmer and Mr Muir were also joined by PUP senator elects Glenn Lazarus Jacqui Lambie and Dio Wang WA recount ordered WA Senate ballot papers where electors had marked their ballot above the line will be recounted meaning more than 96 per cent or 1 25 million of the 1 3 million formal votes The recount will also re examine informal votes In making my decision I sought an explanation of the various matters raised in the appeals Mr Killesteyn said Having considered candidates submissions and having further regard to the criticality of particular Senate candidate exclusion counts and the small margins involved in determining Senators elect I have decided that there should be a recount I have concluded that the recount will be in the best interest of all candidates Senator Ludlam has appealed against last week s refusal by the Australian Electoral Commission to grant his request for a partial recount A wafer thin 14 vote difference between micro parties the Shooters and Fishers Party and Australian Christians and preference distributions handed Senator Ludlam s Senate seat

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  • Shorten expected to win Labor race | Business Spectator
    Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Shorten expected to win Labor race 10 Oct 2013 3 46 AM 4 Politics Election National Affairs Despite grassroots support for Albanese Shorten seen winning Labor caucus You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Anthony Albanese is the people s choice for new Labor opposition leader according to recent polling but it appears Bill Shorten will win caucus support in Canberra on Thursday A Reach Tel poll of 1800 people conducted by Fairfax Media on Tuesday shows Mr Albanese leads Mr Shorten as preferred Labor leader 58 per cent to 42 per cent in both Victoria and NSW Mr Albanese the former deputy prime minister is also considered a better leader and manager of the economy even in Mr Shorten s home state of Victoria while in NSW he has a 61 39 percentage lead Fairfax reports Among Labor voters each candidate received highest support in their respective states however in the new caucus Mr Shorten appears set to win the vote with the backing of the dominant Right faction which outnumbers the Left 48 38 Some Right faction members say Mr Shorten will win between 50 and 52 votes The report suggested Left faction members Laurie Ferguson Warren Snowdon and Maria Vamvakinou will vote with the Right while sources say former prime minister Kevin Rudd is expected to cross factional lines to vote for his former deputy Sources also revealed former treasurer Wayne Swan is likely to back Mr Shorten despite his turnaround from Julia Gillard in June to back Mr Rudd On the question of who would make the better prime minister the poll found voters in Victoria would prefer either Mr Albanese or Mr Shorten over Tony Abbott but voters in NSW prefer Mr Abbott Rank and file Labor members will cast their ballots by Friday with the final result to be announced on Sunday Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan Trade pact is close Robb More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Cedric Petersen Thu 2013 10

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  • Brandis to repay travel expenses | Business Spectator
    Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Brandis to repay travel expenses 30 Sep 2013 6 58 AM 6 Politics Election AG to pay back 1700 in expenses he claimed to travel to shock jock s wedding You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Attorney General George Brandis has paid back almost 1700 claimed in parliamentary expenses to go to the wedding of a radio shock jock Senator Brandis said although he believed the function was work related there was uncertainty about the entitlement Senator Brandis and coalition colleague Barnaby Joyce have come under fire for claiming 3000 between them to attend the 2011 wedding of friend and former 2UE broadcaster Michael Smith which was held at a hotel owned by John Singleton on the New South Wales Central Coast Senator Brandis had told Fairfax his attendance was primarily professional because Mr Smith had been covering scandals involving then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Craig Thomson But in a subsequent letter to the Department of Finance he enclosed a cheque for 1683 06 saying while he considered that they were within parliamentary entitlements he wanted to resolve any uncertainty in favour of the taxpayer I considered that those costs were within parliamentary entitlements since they were incurred in the course of attendance at a function primarily for work related purposes I remain of that view he wrote in the letter on Sunday It is clear that the relevant criterion is the purpose of the travel not the nature of the event However I accept there can be uncertainty about the circumstances in which attendance at a private function for work related purposes is within the entitlement Print this page Related articles 08 Jan Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform 07 Jan A hideous beast awaits Abbott s return 18 Dec Abbott s friendly Senate hangs in the balance 16 Dec Income tax has to go up 10 Dec Abbott s nightmare is unfolding in WA More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy BILL PHILIPPOU Mon 2013 09 30 09 01 The very fact that Brandis believes that attending a wedding can be considered business related rings alarm bells

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/9/30/election/brandis-repay-travel-expenses (2014-01-12)
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  • Palmer on track to win seat | Business Spectator
    A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Palmer on track to win seat 21 Sep 2013 2 29 AM 5 Politics Election Palmer set to find out this weekend if he won seat in parliament You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Billionaire Clive Palmer is set to find out today if he s won a place in federal parliament as the end of vote counting in the Queensland seat of Fairfax nears As of yesterday afternoon Mr Palmer was 111 votes ahead of his Liberal National Party rival Ted O Brien There are about 570 votes left to count this morning Once the count is finished the seat s returning officer will determine whether a recount is needed The minerals magnate has already warned he ll challenge the result in court if he loses Print this page Related articles 08 Jan Abbott s deadly dilemma on electoral reform 07 Jan A hideous beast awaits Abbott s return 18 Dec Abbott s friendly Senate hangs in the balance 16 Dec Income tax has to go up 10 Dec Abbott s nightmare is unfolding in WA More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Vasso Massonic Sat 2013 09 21 07 55 Palmer in a seat in Parliament will be like a round peg in a square hole But may provide some much needed sanity in the Senate Mouse Shipway Sat 2013 09 21 11 50 I have never really used the words Palmer and sanity in the same sentence but YES if he gets in it should certainly make the Senate worth watching lol o Graeme Organ Sat 2013 09 21 13 10 Reps not Senate guy s Thank goodness He won t exercise nearly as much influence in the Reps as he would in the Senate Bad enough that he has the brick with

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  • Coalition eyes new growth plan | Business Spectator
    5 55 AM 4 Politics Election National Affairs Industries Infrastructure Resources and Energy Abbott hopes infrastructure spending will offset waning mining boom You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The incoming coalition government has set its sight on bolstered infrastructure spending to help offset the impact of an end to the mining boom and lead the federal budget back to surplus according to The Australian Financial Review Briefings from the Treasury Department to incoming ministers have delivered a starker than expected view of the capital investment gap We are going to have to spend some money because the gap in capital investment with the end of the mining boom is far more dramatic than expected one source told the AFR A plan for boosting capital investment through infrastructure projects could emerge as early as the first meeting of Tony Abbott s new cabinet which will be sworn in next week Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Vic energy minister to step down 12 Jan Trade pact is close Robb More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Michael Jones Sat 2013 09 14 13 40 Direct action type on CO2 type infrastructure might be a good place to consider Hydro wind turbines solar arrays Don Gilbert Mon 2013 09 16 07 17 Why does this country have to politicise everything If we need to build bloody roads and infrastructure build bloody roads We see 10s of 1000s of half started and half finished roads across the nation A promise here a compromise there Across the electorates State Federal Local Government a 2 0 km strip of tar a 10 0 km strip No start or finish At a huge cost import vs starting and finishing finished Some traffic lights belong to Brisbane City Council some to the State Government And we the users wait at traffic lights because they have not been synchronised Because the two departments might not be talking to one another We have dual roads in perfectly OK areas for 70 0 kmph that slow us down to 60 0 kmph then back up again Our road signs are shocking where do they really lead one to Both the Feds and State Qld are not getting the message put Business Capital on a pedestal Let Property Capital build according to demand Instead we

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  • Abbott, Obama hold first talks | Business Spectator
    fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Abbott Obama hold first talks 13 Sep 2013 12 36 AM 1 Politics Election International News USA National Affairs Obama congratulates Abbott by phone thanks Rudd for support You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP United States president Barack Obama may have given Tony Abbott a congratulations call but he didn t forget his fallen mate Kevin Rudd The White House released details on Thursday of the president s call with Australian prime minister elect Abbott detailing their conversations about Russia s proposal regarding Syria s chemical weapons the full implementation of 2500 US Marines in Darwin and the importance of completing negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement The president also called outgoing prime minister Rudd the White House said in the readout of the president s calls The president thanked prime minister Rudd for his friendship leadership and unflinching support of the US Australia relationship as well as for his strong position on the Syrian regime s use of chemical weapons on August 21 In June after Mr Rudd defeated Julia Gillard in the leadership spill the US announced regardless of the political leadership in Australia our friendship will thrive and our tremendous international co operation will continue Mr Obama re affirmed that in his call with Mr Abbott on Thursday The president called prime minister elect Tony Abbott last night to congratulate him and the opposition coalition for his success in the Australia federal election on September 7 the White House said The president and Mr Abbott discussed their grave concern about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government and the viability of the Russian proposal to put all Syrian chemical weapons and related materials fully under international control in order to ensure their verifiable and enforceable destruction The president and prime minister elect discussed ways to further strengthen the US Australia alliance including by implementing fully the force posture initiatives announced by the United States and Australia in November 2011 They also discussed the importance of concluding the Trans

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  • Labor may go weeks without leader | Business Spectator
    logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Labor faces the prospect of its own new internal processes leaving the party without a federal leader for weeks while Anthony Albanese remains quiet on his ambitions Bill Shorten on Thursday became the sole candidate for the leadership pressuring likely contender and incumbent deputy Mr Albanese to put up or shut up A contest between the two would trigger a ballot of rank and file Labor members as well as caucus to decide who takes the party s parliamentary leadership But as the ALP tries to scratch out a future following Saturday s election loss the party remains racked by disharmony as it faces a possible leadership vacuum Senior Labor Senator Stephen Conroy slammed the new guidelines which require 60 per cent support in a ballot of branch members to endorse a leadership candidate These rules that have been put in place will make us an absolute laughing stock Senator Conroy said We have this ludicrous circumstances where we might not have a leader for four six eight weeks In his pitch for the top job which included plans to win the next national poll Mr Shorten addressed a wide audience I shall submit myself to caucus colleagues and to thousands of Labor Party members across Australia and I welcome this ballot and the opportunity to start the momentum so that Labor can win the next election he said The Victorian Labor right heavyweight was not fazed by a possible challenge from Mr Albanese who hails from the party s left and is yet to officially stand If Anthony nominates he will be an excellent outstanding candidate Mr Shorten said If he was successful I would certainly work with him and accept the verdict of the members But the outgoing education minister also took the opportunity to champion his own qualities I believe I bring energy I bring optimism I m hungry for victory Mr Shorten said The leadership will be discussed at the Labor caucus meeting in Canberra on Friday during which Kevin Rudd is set to stand aside Western Sydney MP Laurie Ferguson wants Mr Shorten for leader and outgoing health minister Tanya Plibersek as deputy I think Plibersek s probably the only one that s kept her nose clean he told AAP adding that neither Mr Shorten or Mr Albanese are pure The ninth term MP also took a swipe at Labor s leadership transition rules saying they put the party in a difficult position The man responsible for the new process Mr Rudd offered no opinion of who should replace him as leader with a spokeswoman from his office declining

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  • Australian Election | Business Spectator
    with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Australian Election Dreyfus backs carbon tax fight Senior Labor MP says ALP will oppose coalition s attempt to repeal the carbon tax 10 09am September 12 7 comments The carbon tax will finally get the boot With a group of unknowns keen to hold their new power in the Senate Tony Abbott should be in the clear on the carbon tax But smaller issues will be tougher for him by Robert Gottliebsen 7 23am September 12 139 comments Election cheers foreign investors Investors boost Aust exposure amid stabilising political outlook 5 10am September 12 3 comments Abbott urged to go slow on reforms ICAA report urges coalition govt to look past short term reforms 12 28am September 12 Independent takes lead in Indi race McGowan nearly 1 500 votes ahead of Liberal s Mirabella as count drags on 10 50pm September 11 Bill Shorten to stand for Labor leadership Labor frontbencher to make announcement today social media campaign builds support for Anthony Albanese 9 40am September 11 16 comments ALP MP breaks ranks on carbon tax Champion says Labor shouldn t block repeal so Abbott s policy disaster is exposed 7 29am September 11 18 comments Coalition to cut climate schemes Coalition moving forward with plan to consolidate 33 schemes 5 06am September 11 4 comments Labor irrelevant in WA Barnett Election stokes hope for less adversarial fed state relations premier 11 18pm September 10 Senate doubt clouds climate policy Sports and Motoring Enthusiasts parties still to declare support for repeal of carbon tax Other micro party senators to block Direct Action alternative by Tristan Edis 11 52am September 10 17 comments Abbott in no rush on carbon tax Prime Minister elect says parliament will be recalled when legislation to axe carbon tax is ready to go will take plans to current Senate 8 49am September 10 15 comments Quirky Senate not a bad thing Abbott PM elect says he will hold judgment on whether electoral reform is needed 8 43am September 10 1 comment Palmer to block Abbott in Senate PUP leader says his party will stymie coalition agenda until there s electoral reform 8 18am September 10 8 comments Govt cuts won t hurt growth Hockey Incoming treasurer says infrastructure projects help spur

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