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Should The Legal Drinking Age be Raised in Australia?

alcoholShould the Australian government be considering raising the legal drinking from 18 to 21 to reduce alcohol fuelled harm? A prestigious group of doctors thinks it should.

The group of doctors believe alcohol violence has gotten out of hand and have put forward recommendations that include increasing the minimum purchase age for certain types of alcohol and for take away alcohol.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians recently put forward a submission which proposes public consultation on these issues.

The doctors submitted an 80 page report urging the government to also consider increasing taxes on alcoholic drinks with higher health risks.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/drink/calls-for-drinking-age-to-be-raised-and-blood-alcohol-limit-for-drivers-to-be-lowered/news-story/c640f8bb0fe26da8ec099ab6c2e06095

Should Australia Have Stricter Gun Laws

gun lawsThe Australian government is pushing for harsher gun laws to lock up convicted gun traffickers with a mandatory five year jail terms will be rushed into the Senate for the third time.

The Coalition plans to re-establish laws that were rejected twice in the past by parliament, after accusing Labour Leader Bill Shorten of taking a soft approach on gun crime.

Labor is opposed to the mandatory jail terms, saying it is against their principles.

 If the laws were resurrected, the maximum penalties would be doubled to 20 years in jail.

The gun debate has been reignited now as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/government-pushes-for-tougher-gun-laws-in-australia/news-story/abd302ca9e1a9279a1ac81721b4b9164

Labor Plans Financial Industry Royal Commission

laborIf the Labor wins the next election, they have announced plans to implement a review of the financial services sector – an industry that has been rocked by scandals recently.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen plan on holding a royal commission into the finance sector if they win the next election.

Mr Shorten explained that public confidence in the banking and finance sectors had taken a hit in recent years and tens of thousands of victims have paid the price, being ripped off by planners, small businesses going out of business because of banks and major insurance companies denying terminally ill people claims.

The royal commission is expected to cost $53 million and will probably take 2 years to complete.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/labor-calls-for-royal-commission-into-finance-20160407-go1dnr.html#ixzz45Yz8joJC 



Housing and Household Debt Soars

debtWith the recent release of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s quarterly report of household finances came the revelation that household and housing debt to disposable income is at a record-high.

The data for December 2015 shows that record low interest rates have led to the ratio of interest payments to disposable income being at its lowest since early 2003.

The value of household assets has also risen to record levels.

The ratios of household and housing debt to disposable incomes increased by 3.4 per cent and 4.3 per cent over the past year.

Source: http://propertyupdate.com.au/household-and-housing-debt-reach-new-record-highs-2/

Importance of Transparency in Judicial Appointments

flagsI recently read an interesting article about the importance of transparency in judicial appointments.

The article highlighted the death of Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative Justice of the US Supreme Court and the fierce debate surrounding his replacement.

Scalia was chosen by Ronald Reagan in 1986 and one of the vital powers of the US President is deciding on a judge for the court.

The situation is different in Australia, but transparency is the key element that should be common in both countries. Read more about the debate at http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/3829282/transparency-vital-in-judicial-appointments/

Legal Battle Ahead for New Senate Voting Laws

sen Bob DaySenator Bob Day is expected to lodge a legal challenge against the Federal Government’s new Senate voting laws in the High Court soon.

The Family First Senator will appeal against the Coalition sponsored bill which makes it harder for minor parties to get elected. The bill passed both houses last week after marathon-long sittings.

With the passing of the new legislation, voters who give a limited number of preferences will have their ballot discarded if their chosen candidates are excluded from the race.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull believed the legislation “good for democracy”. Read more here.