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One Nation is in hot water over the leak of a secret recording that reveals James Ashby suggesting a plan to scam public funds. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull seeks legal advice on Hanson’s staffer Ashby

At an extraordinary news conference, Hanson staffer James Ashby admitted the revelation was 'embarrassing', adding that it was a 'poor choice of words on my behalf'.
Malcolm Turnbull visits the memorial at the Resolute Support Mission HQ Kabul, Afghanistan. 40 Australians have so far been killed in the long-running conflict. AAP/pool

We should not commit combat troops to the Afghanistan conflict – here’s why

Given the number of deaths and casualties in the long-running conflict, Australia needs to think carefully before committing more soldiers to a role that goes beyond training and support.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures. AAP/Lukas Coch

Budget 2017-18 brings welfare crackdown and increased defence and security funding: experts respond

The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
With the 2017 Federal Budget release fast approaching, take a look back at the spending patterns of previous Australian governments. Lukas Coch/Alan Porritt/Dean Lewins/AAP

Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull

Total government spending has increased over time. But the pressure on the budget under a Turnbull government is more acute now than ever before, because spending is outpacing revenue.
This budget, led by Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull, will form part of the government’s repositioning as an advocate of equal opportunity and fairness. AAP/Mick Tsikas

How the politics of the budget might play out for a government in trouble

The Turnbull government is desperately trying to develop a more convincing economic narrative around good economic management, nation-building and fairness.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull announces schools funding and a new Gonski review

The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
Malcolm Turnbull expects the second Sydney airport to inject more than $1.9 billion into the economy during construction. AAP/Lukas Coch

Government to build second Sydney airport

The federal government has confirmed it will build Sydney's second airport after the Sydney Airport Group announced it would not take up its right of first refusal to construct and operate it.

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