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Federal Budget 2018 Surge in spending ahead of Election

Last year’s message from Treasurer Scott Morrison was that the Coalition’s government is trying to strike a balance between positive measures to promote economic activity such as increased spending on infrastructure and business incentives, while offsetting this with modest cuts to previously locked in recurrent spending on welfare, universities, and elsewhere.

Last night’s Federal Budget reflects a ‘turning of the corner’ as tax receipts are now being boosted by a slowly accelerating economy, allowing for some well targeted tax relief to the mass of middle-class Australian’s impacted by slow wages growth, while also targeting a budget return to surplus a year earlier than expected (2020). <<Read more>>

The pending Medibank Private Share Offer – Discussion Paper

You may be aware the Australian Government has implemented a process to privatise the health insurer Medibank Private Limited.

Medibank Private is Australia’s largest private health insurer and provides health insurance cover for over 1.9 million policyholders and their families across Australia. Once listed on the Australian Stock Exchange it will sit comfortably inside the top 100 companies by market capitalization.

The prospectus for the offer opens as of Tuesday October 28th 2014 & the closing date for lodging applications is Friday November 14th 2014.

Banksia Partners has written a Discussion Paper concerning the merits of the Medibank Private Share Offer which can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have already pre-registered for the Medibank Private Share offer you can access a pre-filled application on line. You will have received an email notifying you of your Application Reference Number (ARN) at the time of your pre-registration. If you have asked for a hard copy application it should have/will be mailed shortly.

Completing the online pre-filled application form is straightforward but requires payment to be made via either BPay or via Direct Debit from a nominated bank account. To complete the online application go to medibankprivateshareoffer.com.au

If you have NOT pre-registered you can still apply to receive a Prospectus or make an application through the above mentioned website prior to the 14th of November 2014.

Should Telstra participate in the NBN – Yes or No?

The introduction of a government owned and sponsored national broadband network (the NBN) has changed the Australian telecommunications landscape. Telstra shareholders are now being asked to ratify an agreement signed between Telstra and NBN Co that will see Telstra participate in the rollout of the NBN going forward. Please read our discussion paper ‘Should Telstra participate in the NBN – Yes or No’ for our insights and comments.