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By Malcolm Cole
Director - SAS Media and Communications

The recent battle for control of Brisbane's largest local government was billed by media and political analysts as a cliff hanger – one that would "go right down to the wire". In the end, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was re-elected comfortably, with an increased majority for his Liberal National Council. The final result could have been significantly different, however, without Quirk's calming influence and his exhortation to his troops to "hold your nerve" throughout the tumultuous final days of the campaign.

By SAS Group Chief Executive Peter Constantini 

After a marathon 40-hour debate, the Senate has voted this afternoon to approve the Government's legislation to change the way Senators are elected.1458269286677

Image: Andrew Meares, SMH.

In what can only be described as an unusual alliance, the Federal Government has teamed up with Greens in order to overhaul the Senate voting system, however the long-term consequences will be profound.

SAS Group Director Larry Anthony explains.

By Michael Read - Senior Consultant 

Last Friday, we saw the latest apprenticeship and traineeship numbers released, showing combined commencements are at their lowest levels in more than a decade with no sign of recovering.

The problem with these figures is they raise more questions than answers for policy makers.

By SAS Group Director Larry Anthony

The odds are shortening for an early double dissolution election. Monday's news poll showing that the Government and ALP are on 50/50 demonstrates that the Turnbull honeymoon is over. 

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