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Turnbull abolishes 457 visas in major immigration shake-up

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has abolished the 457 visa for skilled workers. The replacement regime will include shorter term visas that make it harder to gain permanent residency, as well as a reduction in the number of skills eligible for the visa. The status of around 95,000 workers currently on […]
Turnbull abolishes 457 visas in major immigration shake-up
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SCOTT MORRISON: Australians do not trust big business

Australian federal treasurer Scott Morrison says Australians no longer trust big business, putting their faith in small and medium-sized enterprises to support jobs and growth. He says it is time that Australian corporates stand up for the proposed tax cuts, as the government will no longer be left to argue […]
SCOTT MORRISON: Australians do not trust big business
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The Australian government’s plan to change 18C has failed

Any hopes the government had that its controversial proposal to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would disappear following its inevitable Senate defeat have been dashed. Moments after the Senate voted late Thursday night to veto any changes to the wording of the Act, the Institute of Public […]
The Australian government’s plan to change 18C has failed
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The 10-year company tax cut plan could be dumped from the May budget

The government is considering dumping the 10-year company tax cut plan at the May budget. According to the Australian Financial Review, treasurer Scott Morrison says the government has plenty of other policies that will generate jobs and growth. The Senate votes next week on whether to allow a 27.5% tax […]
The 10-year company tax cut plan could be dumped from the May budget
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Why politicians should face the same disclosure rules as company directors

Recent commentary on the rules governing politicians’ declaration of financial interests has highlighted the ease with which they are circumvented and the laxity with which they are enforced. Senator Cory Bernardi was recently caught up in a dispute over whether he had correctly disclosed a A$1 million commercial property he […]
Why politicians should face the same disclosure rules as company directors
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Malcolm Turnbull says the penalty rate cuts will generate more jobs

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull believes “there’s masses of evidence to support” the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts, saying “that will be a very significant benefit for the economy”. His comments follow calls from his party members, including former employment minister Eric Abetz, and former prime minister Tony Abbott, to […]
Malcolm Turnbull says the penalty rate cuts will generate more jobs
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Tony Abbott is niggling Malcolm Turnbull again, this time on penalty rates

Backbencher Tony Abbott has found another reason to attack the man who deposed him as prime minister, this time criticising Malcolm Turnbull for his response to the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate cuts decision. Abbott ally and former employment minister senator Eric Abetz, told Fairfax Media yesterday that the cuts […]
Tony Abbott is niggling Malcolm Turnbull again, this time on penalty rates
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Malcolm Turnbull will visit Indonesia next week

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Indonesia next week. It follows a two-day trip to Australia by Indonesian president Joko Widodo over the weekend. President Jokowi, as he is popularly known, attended a private dinner at Turnbull’s Point Piper mansion and walked with him through the Royal Botanic Garden […]
Malcolm Turnbull will visit Indonesia next week
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Malcolm Turnbull is blaming Tony Abbott for poor polling results

Malcolm Turnbull says former prime minister Tony Abbott’s outburst has impacted his poor performance in the latest Newspoll results. Labor has a 10-point lead over the Coalition, on a two-party preferred basis — the Coalition’s worst score in two years. Turnbull hinted last week that Abbott was trying to damage […]
Malcolm Turnbull is blaming Tony Abbott for poor polling results
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Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump could meet in the US in May

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and US president Donald Trump are reportedly planning to meet in New York in May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. While such a meeting would reaffirm the strength of the two countries’ alliance, it comes at a critical […]
Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump could meet in the US in May
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The US has confirmed it will resettle 1250 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island

The Trump White House has vowed to apply “extreme vetting” to more than one thousand refugees that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull earlier brokered for the United States to accept from Australia. President Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed publicly for the first time that the US would honour an […]
The US has confirmed it will resettle 1250 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island
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BILL SHORTEN: Australia is at risk of becoming an ‘unskilled enclave’

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has warned that Australia is at risk of becoming an “unskilled enclave” unless there is a greater focus on skills, training and apprenticeships. Speaking at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Shorten laid out Labor’s vision to protect and prioritise Australian jobs in a battle cry […]
BILL SHORTEN: Australia is at risk of becoming an ‘unskilled enclave’
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There’s one big difference between Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian

Gladys Berejiklian became the 45th premier of New South Wales yesterday, taking over from Mike Baird, who unexpectedly resigned mid-term last week. Not a lot is known about Berejiklian, the former state treasurer and Baird’s 2IC, but a video published in 2015 tells us that there’s one big difference between […]
There’s one big difference between Mike Baird and Gladys Berejiklian
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Here’s a list of the best paid politicians in Australia

The salaries of Australian politicians are often scrunitised, particularly when parliamentary entitlement scandals make headlines such as that which saw Sussan Ley resign from the her position as minister for health and for sport. It was revealed yesterday that industry minister Greg Hunt will take on her portfolios, while NSW […]
Here’s a list of the best paid politicians in Australia
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Turnbull seeks report on how the emails of Australian MPs were compromised in the Yahoo hack

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an investigation into the compromising of Australian MP’s emails in the massive Yahoo hack. Those affected include social services minister Christian Porter, shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews, Liberal MP Andrew Hastie, opposition health spokesperson Catherine King and Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, […]
Turnbull seeks report on how the emails of Australian MPs were compromised in the Yahoo hack
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Pauline Hanson wants to ban the burqa in government buildings in Queensland

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson will ban the burqa in all government-controlled buildings, including schools, if her party wins the Queensland state election, expected to be called later this year. “I’m going to ban the burqa in government buildings and banks and schools,” she told Sky News. “We are going […]
Pauline Hanson wants to ban the burqa in government buildings in Queensland
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SUSSAN LEY QUITS: Another political career in ruins from an expenses scandal

Health minister Sussan Ley has quit following a parliamentary travel expenses scandal. The week-long saga began after it was revealed that she bought an $800,000 apartment on the Gold Coast while on a taxpayer funded trip. She stepped aside from Cabinet on Monday while her spending was investigated. Ley gave […]
SUSSAN LEY QUITS: Another political career in ruins from an expenses scandal
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WA senator Rod Culleton has been booted from the senate

Former One Nation senator Rod Culleton has been booted from the senate. It comes after a Federal Court ruled his business has gone bankrupt. On Wednesday, senate president Stephen Parry informed West Australia Governor Kerry Sanderson of a vacancy in the upper house after he received documents from the Federal […]
WA senator Rod Culleton has been booted from the senate
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Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia. It comes after a special forces group was allegedly insulted while training at the Australian Special Air Service in Perth. According to a local media outlet, Kompas, the Kopassus group instructor was insulted by “laminated material” used at the training facility, feeling […]
Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia
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WA senator Rod Culleton has quit One Nation

Western Australian Senator Rod Culleton has resigned from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party (PHON). Culleton will continue his term as a senator for Western Australia independently of One Nation, although his eligibility to stand at the last election is currently subject to a High Court challenge. The senator blamed a […]
WA senator Rod Culleton has quit One Nation
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Dick Smith thinks Pauline Hanson could have a Trump-like victory in Australia

Australian businessman Dick Smith has backed Pauline Hanson and her immigration policies leading into the next state and federal elections, saying she could see a Trump-like wave of support. Smith, who set up his own company to produce Australian-made food products, is expected to meet Hanson before the end of […]
Dick Smith thinks Pauline Hanson could have a Trump-like victory in Australia
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Turnbull praises the ‘strength’ of the American democratic system

As the dust starts to settle following the US election, and Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton, world leaders are weighing up the new presidency, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull included. Immediately following Trump’s election, Turnbull sought to reassure the nation that “we have so much in common” as billions […]
Turnbull praises the ‘strength’ of the American democratic system
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Senator Bob Day just resigned from federal politics

South Australian senator Bob Day has resigned from parliament, effective immediately, in the wake of the collapse of his building business. The Family First senator, who first flagged resigning a fortnight ago after the business went into administration, appeared to change his mind last week saying there wasn’t time to […]
Senator Bob Day just resigned from federal politics
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One Nation is surging in the polls

Support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is rallying. The latest survey out by Newspoll reveals that support for the party in the lower house has risen to 6% from 1.3% since the July 2 federal election. The Australian reports that the primary vote has bounced especially in Queensland to 10%, […]
One Nation is surging in the polls
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NSW premier Mike Baird could back down on the greyhound racing ban

NSW premier Mike Baird could back down on his pledge to put an end to greyhound racing in the state by July 1, 2017. Tomorrow, the premier is expected to announce an extension to greyhound racing in the state for a trial period, as well as announce tougher penalties for […]
NSW premier Mike Baird could back down on the greyhound racing ban
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Tony Abbott denies he said he could be PM again

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed London-based Fairfax Media journalist Latika Bourke is “making things up” in a report that he told right-wing allies in the UK that he thinks he has a “good chance” of returning as PM. While the Coalition backbencher did not respond to Bourke when […]
Tony Abbott denies he said he could be PM again
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Malcolm Turnbull says the UN has failed Syria

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says the United Nations has failed in its responsibility to protect Syrians. Speaking to Sky News, Turnbull said: “You’ve got to judge political actions by their outcome, and all of the resolutions, all of the efforts have failed to produce the settlement that we need in […]
Malcolm Turnbull says the UN has failed Syria
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The government is divided over Kevin Rudd’s UN bid

The Turnbull government faces a fresh dilemma after Foreign Affairs Minster Julie Bishop confirmed that former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked for Australia to nominate him as the next United Nations Secretary-General. Mr Rudd’s formal request has long been anticipated and the cabinet, which has had preliminary discussions […]
The government is divided over Kevin Rudd’s UN bid
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Malcolm Turnbull is headed straight for more battles

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won the election but his budget plans are in disarray with a brewing internal revolt over superannuation savings measures worth up to $2.5 billion, and a growing acceptance that the 10-year plan to cut the company tax rate will be severely curtailed by the new […]
Malcolm Turnbull is headed straight for more battles
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Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie backs Turnbull

Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie is the latest crossbencher to announce his support of supply and confidence in the Coalition government. Wilkie, who has been re-elected to his Tasmanian seat of Denison, said there was “no conceivable way” Labor would govern and the final result would be a minority or […]
Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie backs Turnbull
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TURNBULL: We must try harder to make voters trust us about Medicare

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has conceded that Labor’s Medicare campaign showed Australian voters don’t trust the Coalition on health. Speaking today with Nationals leader and deputy PM Barnaby Joyce, Turnbull said “there is no doubt that there is a level of disillusionment with politics, with government, and with the major […]
TURNBULL: We must try harder to make voters trust us about Medicare
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Millennials think Australia’s voting system sucks

I’m 25 years old. As I’ve grown up I’ve watched my mobile phone turn from a basic black and white-screened Nokia to a high-tech, internet-enabled smartphone. Digital is in my blood. For this reason I and many of my disgruntled friends, find it hard to believe that we still vote […]
Millennials think Australia’s voting system sucks
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People are freaking out that Pauline Hanson has been re-elected

She’s back. It’s been nearly two decades since Pauline Hanson, the controversial former member for Oxley, was an Australian senator. But it looks like the One Nation party founder is staging a comeback. While the senate count is in its early stages Hanson currently has a quota of 1.4%, on […]
People are freaking out that Pauline Hanson has been re-elected
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Election 2016: Here’s what people are talking about on Facebook right now

Malcolm Turnbull dominated his competition on Instagram this election campaign but as the finish line draws closer it appears opposition leader Bill Shorten is leading the conversation on Facebook. The social media giant has pulled real time data on what Australian’s have been talking between 3pm to 4pm (AEST) today. […]
Election 2016: Here’s what people are talking about on Facebook right now
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This Google search just narrowed down who #FakeTradie is

The Liberal Party’s new TV ad featuring a tradie who’s saying Bill Shorten is at war with the bank has sent people nuts trying to find out whether the tradie speaking in the clip is actually a real guy. While the Coalition confirmed with Business Insider that he is a […]
This Google search just narrowed down who #FakeTradie is
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The Liberal Party says #FakeTradie is the real deal. So, who is he?

A new Liberal Party election commercial is going viral on Twitter. The protagonist in the 30-second TV ad, which began screening last night, is portrayed as a tradesman talking about his support for negative gearing and the banks. Not everyone believes it. "Bill Shorten even wants to go to war with […]
The Liberal Party says #FakeTradie is the real deal. So, who is he?
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The Coalition says it will spend $1 billion to save the Great Barrier Reef

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is setting up a $1 billion fund to help save the Great Barrier Reef. The fund, announced by Turnbull and environment minister Greg Hunt in Queensland today, will help finance clean energy projects through concessional loans over a decade. The Reef Fund will offer up […]
The Coalition says it will spend $1 billion to save the Great Barrier Reef
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Scott Morrison photobombed Bill Shorten at a State of Origin event

The Blues may have let Game One of the State of Origin slip away last night, conceding 4-6 to Queensland, but it didn’t stop the pollies having a good time. At an Origin event, attended by the likes of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, treasurer Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Bill […]
Scott Morrison photobombed Bill Shorten at a State of Origin event