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JOHNNY DEPP: Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s ‘inbred with a tomato’

Johnny Depp opened up about the apology he and his wife Amber Heard gave following the biosecurity incident in Australia last year involving their fox terriers, Pistol and Boo, during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show overnight. “Some are calling it your greatest performance ever,” said Kimmel. But Depp […]
JOHNNY DEPP: Barnaby Joyce looks like he’s ‘inbred with a tomato’
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PEFO is out today. Here’s what that’s all about

Treasury’s will release its pre-election budget update some time today. The Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) gives an update on budget forecasts, including important input parameters such as the iron ore price. In the fortnight since the budget was released the iron ore price has dropped to the current […]
PEFO is out today. Here’s what that’s all about
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Bill Shorten just pledged $65 million to tackle domestic violence

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised to dedicate $65 million to tackle domestic violence in Australia. Shorten said that under a Labor government, Australia would see to improved family violence services and organisations including Our Watch, the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) as well as the 1800 RESPECT […]
Bill Shorten just pledged $65 million to tackle domestic violence
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Here is why Labor is already at war with the Greens

The election is still nearly two months away, making prediction precarious. However, there are some certainties. And these help explain the thermonuclear war that has broken out between Labor and the Greens over the possibility that the Liberals might preference the Greens in some marginal seats. Such a deal would […]
Here is why Labor is already at war with the Greens
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July 2 confirmed for Australia’s first double dissolution election in 3 decades

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has called a double dissolution election on July 2. “The Governor-General has accepted my advice to dissolve both houses of Parliament effective tomorrow,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra yesterday. “At this election, Australians will have a very clear choice — to keep the course, maintain […]
July 2 confirmed for Australia’s first double dissolution election in 3 decades
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Labor attacks Turnbull over the purchase of his daughter’s apartment

Labor has attacked Malcolm Turnbull over the purchase of his daughter’s $2.7 million apartment, following comments from the prime minister suggesting that parents should be helping their children to buy a home. In the Senate yesterday, Labor senator Doug Cameron questioned Turnbull on whether he had helped buy his daughter […]
Labor attacks Turnbull over the purchase of his daughter’s apartment
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Here’s the first speech Clive Palmer gave to parliament

Clive Palmer has announced he will not seek re-election in the House of Representatives. The MP, who was elected to the seat of Fairfax in the 2013 federal election, is holding a press conference at 3pm. We will get more information then. In the meantime, here’s a look at the […]
Here’s the first speech Clive Palmer gave to parliament
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Clive Palmer’s political career is over

Clive Palmer will not seek re-election in the House of Representatives. The MP, who was elected to the seat of Fairfax in the 2013 federal election, is holding a press conference at 3pm. Palmer took to Twitter a short time ago explaining his decision. Government has changed House of Reps […]
Clive Palmer’s political career is over
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The July 2 election will be confirmed within a week

We will know date for the federal election by this time next week. Speaking to the Today show from Canberra this morning, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull suggested he will visit the governor-general this weekend to trigger the election campaign. “The election will be called before the 11th of May and […]
The July 2 election will be confirmed within a week
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What political experts are saying about the 2016 budget

The government is trying to encourage jobs and growth in the 2016 budget through some measures for young job-seekers and working families while establishing tougher rules on welfare. Working families will have to wait for the childcare subsidies in the Jobs for Families package. But there is A$840 million in […]
What political experts are saying about the 2016 budget
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Here’s Scott Morrison’s 2016 budget speech in full

Treasurer Scott Morrison has handed down his first budget. Here’s his speech in full: Thank you Mr Speaker, I move that the Bill now be read a second time. Mr Speaker, this cannot be just another budget, because these are extraordinary times. This Budget is an economic plan, it’s not […]
Here’s Scott Morrison’s 2016 budget speech in full
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Scott Morrison is delivering tax cuts on election eve

Two million Australians earning more than $80,000 a year will get tax cuts on July 1. The Australian reports that treasurer Scott Morrison will move the changes to the day before the expected federal election, contrary to earlier proposals for them to be introduced after the election. “Obviously we want […]
Scott Morrison is delivering tax cuts on election eve
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Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out negative gearing changes in May budget

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken negative changes off the table for the May budget. The announcement was made at a doorstop in Sydney this morning by Turnbull and treasurer Scott Morrison who noted that the federal government “had the common sense to leave the system as it is”. […]
Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out negative gearing changes in May budget
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This awesome infographic shows what people are saying about Australian politics

Local Digital has created an awesome infographic with data they retrieved from Google searches relating to Australian politics. “The infographic below is what we found when searching various political issues with the Google tools Keyword Planner, Google Trends and Google Autocomplete,” the Local Digital team said. From general searches, questions […]
This awesome infographic shows what people are saying about Australian politics
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Malcolm Turnbull says he’s never thought about what he admires in Bill Shorten

Just days into the 74-day (not yet) election campaign the political punches are already being swung. On Sydney 2SM this morning radio host John Laws asked prime minister Malcolm Turnbull what was one characteristic he admired in Opposition leader Bill Shorten. His response was neither forthcoming or straightforward. After a […]
Malcolm Turnbull says he’s never thought about what he admires in Bill Shorten
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Turnbull’s plan is coming together

With the defeat of the bill to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission in the Senate, another waypoint in Malcolm Turnbull’s election plan is reached. The Senate, with its chaotic and unpredictable crossbench, had become an obstacle for any government trying to deliver a suite of reforms. The Abbott […]
Turnbull’s plan is coming together
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Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity is fading fast

Parliament is back in Canberra this week for a sitting ostensibly about passing the Australian Building and Construction Commission legislation which, if defeated, will give Malcolm Turnbull the trigger needed for a double-dissolution election to be held in July. But the real discussion in the capital will be about the […]
Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity is fading fast
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Bronwyn Bishop’s career is over after being dumped as Liberal candidate

Bronwyn Bishop career in parliament is over after being dumped as Liberal candidate for her Sydney seat of Mackellar on Saturday night. The former House of Representatives speaker was defeated by former Liberal staffer and businessman Jason Falinski 51 to 39 in a preselection ballot. The meeting, which lasted more […]
Bronwyn Bishop’s career is over after being dumped as Liberal candidate
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Kevin Andrews is prepared to challenge Malcolm Turnbull

Former defence minister Kevin Andrews says he is prepared to challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the prime ministership, should the circumstances arise. The conservative MP and Tony Abbott loyalist, who lost the defence portfolio after less than 12 months in the job after Turnbull became Liberal leader, told his local paper, […]
Kevin Andrews is prepared to challenge Malcolm Turnbull
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Here’s what you need to know about a double dissolution election

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday laid down an ultimatum to the Senate: pass the government’s industrial relations legislation or face a double dissolution election. The Senate will sit from April 18 to consider two bills that would reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), and the Registered Organisations […]
Here’s what you need to know about a double dissolution election
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Queensland politics is facing a huge shake-up

Queensland could see one of the biggest changes to its electoral system in decades if the referendum on fixed four-year parliamentary terms passes. The “yes” vote is likely go ahead with voters turning out in numbers on Saturday’s local government elections to back the proposal to replace the three-year terms […]
Queensland politics is facing a huge shake-up
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A new poll says Labor is level with the Turnbull government

The agonising within the Turnbull’s government over taxation reform appears to be costing it some electoral skin. The Newspoll published in today’s edition of The Australian shows the Coalition level with the ALP. It erases a six-point lead the government held late last year. Malcolm Turnbull remains overwhelmingly the preferred […]
A new poll says Labor is level with the Turnbull government
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The complete list of the new Turnbull ministry

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new ministry. It is the second cabinet reshuffle to take place since Turnbull stepped into his prime ministerial role after ousting Tony Abbott in September. But the Turnbull government has faced the departure of five ministers since December including deputy prime minister Warren […]
The complete list of the new Turnbull ministry
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Malcolm Turnbull has revealed a new ministry

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a reshuffle of his ministry. In the new lineup, Steven Ciobo has taken over the role of trade minister from Andrew Robb while Victorian Nationals MP and assistant minister for defence Darren Chester has been offered the infrastructure and transport portfolio replacing Nationals leader […]
Malcolm Turnbull has revealed a new ministry
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Clive Palmer’s broke company gave Clive Palmer $5.9 million in donations

The Australian Electoral Commission has just released financial disclosures for the 2014-15 year. The figures show Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel, which went into administration last month, was the biggest financial donor to the Palmer United Party, handing $5,991,381 to the MP’s party. And the next biggest donor was Mineralogy, another […]
Clive Palmer’s broke company gave Clive Palmer $5.9 million in donations
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Australia’s 10 biggest moments on Twitter in 2015

Twitter, the online platform for live, public conversation, has been the birthplace of some of the most memorable discussions in the world. This week Twitter released its 2015 Year on Twitter data showcasing the biggest highlights, tweets and most talked about trends. In Australia, Twitter managed to capture all the […]
Australia’s 10 biggest moments on Twitter in 2015
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Martin Parkinson is BACK

Martin Parkinson, the former head of the federal Treasury who was dumped by Tony Abbott, looks set to make a triumphant return to the public service. He will be appointed head of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, according to a report in The Australian Financial Review. It is […]
Martin Parkinson is BACK