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Federal election blog: Housing: the first building block to better indigenous health

Missing from the raft of promises by both sides of politics is an acknowledgment that the simple provision of proper shelter has a powerful impact on the physical and mental health of everyone, including indigenous communities.

Climate change: a few dollars goes a long way

Time for Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison and the parties they lead to take note of local government’s role in battling climate change.

Time to reflect

Irrespective of one’s religious views or credo, each faith has its seasons. Easter is one of those signposts for reflection.

Parties take note: Local perspectives produce better policy

There's always a lot of rhetoric in election campaigns; "most important in decades" is a favourite, that said there is value in rating the policy performance of parties against present day challenges.

Federal Election Blog: Road safety: what needs to happen at this election

The newly minted sign held up this morning on Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove by a volunteer for the LNP candidate’s campaign for the seat of Ryan said: Will fix local roads.

Federal election blog: the sleeper issue of the campaign

Every now and then, the media hits upon something that moves people outside of the daily political narrative. The pundits call these “sleeper” issues. The Great Barrier Reef is a sleeper issue in this campaign.

Galloping into a federal election

With the Federal election scheduled for 18 May. The Australian Local Government Association and the LGAQ were straight out of the blocks, pitching our 7-point plan with the prime ask a restoration of financial assistance grants to 1% of federal taxation revenue.

Federal election blog: Candidates beware: mayors are not happy

How the parties respond to the LGAQ;s seven-point plan will draw a picture about the extent to which whoever wins government on 18 May will unlock local community potential.

Federal election blog: Electric vehicle boogaloo on fuel excise

The two major parties are going at each other hammer and tongs about encouraging such a big increase in electric vehicles in such a short time, neither is keen to get involved in what it means for the future of road funding in Australia.

Lead the way: drive so others survive

Are you planning any events for National Road Safety Week 6-12 May? A council factsheet and digital assets are available to show your council’s support in your community.

Federal election blog: Rebuilding smarter after disasters

One of Australia's most respected public agencies has made it clear what needs to happen to make communities more resilient in the face of disasters. But it hasn't happened yet.

Federal election blog: Indigenous housing deserves debate

Indigenous housing should be part of the conversation this Federal election.

Summary: Federal Budget 2019 - 2020

A comprehensive rundown of budget decisions affecting Queensland councils.
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