SAS Group News
Abbott Government's first Budget
Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey MP, delivered the Coalition's first budget revealing the deficit will fall from $49.9 billion to $29.8 billion in the 2014 financial year. In the 2017-18 year, the debt is expected to fall to $2.8 billion, assuming the government passes all the legislative requirements for the budget.
The new Abbott government will be focussing on debt and deficit at the cost of substantial cuts in fiscal outlays, rising taxation through fuel indexation, and the deficit levy. As the Treasurer quotes, "That age of entitlement is over," but there will be significant electoral repercussion for the Coalition with the cuts that have been foreshadowed in the welfare, health and education arena.
NSW revised Ministry
NSW Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird MP, has today announced changes to the NSW Ministry following the resignation of The Hon. Mike Gallacher MLC last week.
The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP will take over the Police and Emergency Services portfolios while the Premier has also announced the appointment of five new Parliamentary Secretaries.
A new force in government and media relations
On March 1st, 2014, SAS Group joined forces with CBC Group - Media and Public Affairs to create a powerful new force in media, government and corporate relations.
This collaboration brings together highly experienced and connected personnel from both organisations, led by SAS directors the Hon Con Sciacca AO, the Hon Larry Anthony and Peter Costantini, and CBC Group director Malcolm Cole.