1. The nation’s parliament has passed new legislation that will excise the entire Australian mainland from the migration zone.
This means that asylum seekers who come by boat and reach Australia can (and will) be sent offshore for processing rather than allowed to live in the Australian community while they wait for a determination.
Labor had previously opposed this policy while in Opposition but were joined by the Coalition yesterday to pass the law.
2. In his Budget Reply speech last night, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced $4 billion a year in new savings. He also said that Australian families will be $600 a year better off under a Coalition Government because he would scrap the carbon tax, while keeping the financial assistance for households. Mr Abbott will not proceed with Labor’s promised education reforms.
3. A new anti-teen pregnancy campaign from the Chicago Department of Health aims to teach young men that pregnancy is their responsibility too. The department has released a series of billboards – that feature pictures of pregnant men – with the aim of reducing the rates of teen pregnancy.