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The World Today is a comprehensive current affairs program which backgrounds, analyses, interprets and encourages debate on events and issues of interest and importance to all Australians. Source: abc.net.au
The Treasurer Wayne Swan will tonight unveil a 'modest' Budget surplus of one and a half billion dollars for 2012-13, saying it allows the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates again. But the Government's also having to deal with the fallout of the Craig Thomson saga after the release of the three-year investigation. The Coalition's ramping up the pressure on the Prime Minister to no longer accept Mr Thomson's vote.
The Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Senators need to 'examine their consciences' before voting down Rob Oakeshott's compromise asylum-seeker bill narrowly passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, but which looks doomed to fail in the Senate.