Issue 5 May 2018

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In this issue:

HECS: hastening our demographic winter

The Federal Government’s plan to lower the threshold at which university students pay back Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts, formerly known as HECS debts, will only exacerbate the cost of living pressures and prevent a large portion of the thus indebted generation from buying a house, getting married and starting a family.

Liddell is the ‘fly in the ointment’ of the NEG

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has not succeeded in getting Labor states and territories to agree with his proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), but he has secured their agreement to proceed to the next stage in the design of the proposal.

African Continental Free Trade Area … in the spirit of GATT

While Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to eliminate tariffs between African nations by 90 per cent, it also allows member countries to protect their infant industries and certain other industries and apply trade remedies.

Bernardi foray looks to be fading out of view

Senator Cory Bernardi’s grand dream of building a new grassroots party on the right of Australian politics to take on the major parties looks decidedly shaky based on the party’s performance in recent elections.