Politicians including the treasurer have defended the government’s inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic response, insisting it is a worthwhile exercise despite widespread condemnation it has been excluded from scrutinising the unilateral decisions made by each state. Treasurer Jim Chalmers doubled down on the merit of the government’s long-awaited inquiry, maintainingContinue Reading

Short term rental owners have hit out at the Victorian government’s new 7.5 per cent tax on short stay accommodation announced yesterday as part of the Andrews government’s Housing Statement. Among the criticisms are a lack of detail over how the tax will work, a lack of consideration over howContinue Reading

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has fielded terse questions about his pandemic decision-making that thrust his state into the world’s longest lockdown. The state’s leader was grilled by Seven reporter Paul Dowsley on Friday on whether he would willingly take part in the Covid-19 inquiry announced by Anthony Albanese on Thursday.Continue Reading