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NSW Budget 2012-13

The NSW Treasurer Mike Baird has delivered the Liberals & Nationals’ second Budget. His message was clear – the government is determined to live within its means by taking control of the finances and spending taxpayers’ money more wisely.

Federal Budget 2012-13

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has delivered Labor’s fifth Budget.

Billed as one of the toughest budgets for a quarter of a century, a fall in tax revenue has forced the government to find $33.6 billion in savings in order to honour its commitment to delivering a modest surplus.

In doing so, the government has also made room for $5 billion in new payments to households, in a political pitch aimed … Read more »

Transition to Government in Queensland

The Liberal National Party (LNP) has secured a mandate for reform following its emphatic victory at the Queensland election.

The result gives the new Premier, Campbell Newman, strong authority within the LNP government. It was a high risk strategy to elect a leader from outside the parliament but Newman became the public face of the LNP campaign, leveraging his ‘can do’ approach and record of achievement as Lord Mayor of … Read more »

Starting the Change - The first year of the O'Farrell Government

On 26 March 2011, the Liberals & Nationals swept to power in NSW on the back of one of the largest electoral swings of the post-war era.

Led by Barry O’Farrell, the new government was delivered a significant mandate to implement its agenda for change, with the goal of making NSW number one again.

So after a year in office, has the O’Farrell Government ‘started the change for the better’ … Read more »

O’Farrell Government announces Draft Strategic Regional Land Use Policy

The O’Farrell Government has released its draft Strategic Regional Land Use Policy.

Background:

Prior to the 2011 election, the NSW Liberals and Nationals announced that it would introduce a Strategic Regional Land Use Policy with the aim of striking a balance between the competing needs of the agricultural, mining and energy sectors while ensuring the protection of high value conservation lands.

After its election, the O’Farrell Government put in place … Read more »

Commission of Audit Report Released

The Interim Report of the NSW Commission of Audit, known as the ‘Schott Report’ has been released and has identified systematic issues across the New South Wales public sector that need to be addressed.

The Commission, chaired by former Managing Director of Sydney Water Dr Kerry Schott and supported by an Advisory Board led by Mr David Gonski AC, highlighted substandard financial, people and asset management practices that would hinder … Read more »

O’Farrell Government Announces Election Funding Reforms

The O’Farrell Government has delivered on a key pre-election commitment to further reform election funding in NSW with the passage of the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2011.

The historic Bill passed the parliament on 16 February 2012 after the government secured the support of the Greens in the Legislative Council.

The reforms include:

  • A ban on corporate donations, including donations from industrial organisations, peak industry groups, religious
Read more »

NSW Government releases Procurement Discussion Paper

The NSW Government has begun the process of overhauling its procurement systems with the release of a discussion paper.

In releasing the discussion paper, the Government has set out proposals for a new procurement framework that includes a new overarching governance structure and operating framework for its procurement.

Central to the Government’s proposal is the abolition of the State Contracts Control Board, to be replaced by the NSW Government Procurement … Read more »

Introducing PremierState

PremierState, a new corporate advisory and public affairs consultancy, has opened its doors for business.

Based in Sydney, New South Wales, PremierState will bring to the corporate realm a unique approach to strategy and campaigns.

PremierState has been founded by Michael Photios, a former NSW Cabinet Minister and previous Liberal Party State Vice-President; and David Begg, a former member of the Liberal Party State Executive and Managing Director of the … Read more »

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