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03 Nov 2017

The sudden exit from parliament of Senate President, Stephen Parry, has turned into a toxic blame game, in a further sign of a government crumbling into chaos.

Malcolm Turnbull and deputy Senate leader, Mathias Cormann, lashed out at Parry for not publicly revealing earlier his probable...

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07 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision...

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02 Jun 2017

The most unfortunate aspect of the controversy surrounding ASIO chief Duncan Lewis is that it has given a free kick to those who want to sharpen a divisive debate about Australia’s refugee intake and Muslim immigrants generally.

And the irony is that’s just what Lewis – who formerly...

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10 Nov 2016

Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him.

After a scathing report from the non-government majority on a Senate inquiry into the events...

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27 Oct 2016

Scott Morrison is a “once bitten, never shy” sort of guy. Having had a bad experience in the high profile debate over whether to change the GST, which ultimately came to nothing, the Treasurer this week launched into the hot topic of housing affordability.

The question is, can he and the...

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24 Oct 2016

Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has quit, declaring his relationship with Attorney-General, George Brandis, is “irretrievably broken” and taking a major swipe at his government critics.

Gleeson’s resignation follows their bitter row over Brandis’s order that all requests for the...

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20 Jan 2016

Malcolm Turnbull has directly lobbied US legislators to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which he describes as “a very critical part of America’s continued presence in the Asia-Pacific”.

Turnbull stressed the TPP’s importance in his talks with politicians on Capitol...

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15 May 2015

A mea culpa for last year, and a platform for the next election - that's the report card on this week's 2015 federal budget.

Last night, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gave his budget reply speech, promising new spending and directly targeting Tony Abbott.

To help us sort through...

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22 Jul 2013

With the federal election fast approaching, and two weeks prior to the leadership spill that would see Gillard relinquish the prime ministership, Sally Warhaft speaks with pre-eminent political journalist Michelle Grattan for a special spotlight edition of the Fifth Estate.

What are the...

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14 May 2013

Treasurer Wayne Swan has delivered a budget with a A$19.4 billion deficit this financial year, falling only to $18 billion in 2013-14.

The government would aim to bring the budget back to “balance” – less than $1 billion in the black ­– in 2015-16, and have a modest $6.6 billion surplus...

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