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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. 

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.

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