The biggest risk comes from within
By Larry Anthony
Director - SAS Group
Australia looks set for a double-dissolution election on July 2nd, unless the independent Senators cave into the Industrial Relations legislation.
The decisive move by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to recall the Parliament, demonstrates his resolve to push through the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation. If the Senate fails to pass the Bill then this is to act as the double-dissolution trigger.
Brisbane City Council election campaign – the value of holding your nerve in the face of a media storm
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.
Filibuster in Senate – 40-hour debate
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.
Image: Andrew Meares, SMH.
When it comes to Senate reform, the real winner will be the Greens.
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.
Apprenticeships Australia – past uncertainty and future directions
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.
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