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Barnaby Joyce has announced an assistance package for beleaguered dairy farmers. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Dairy farmers get $555 million in concessional loans

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced a package of concessional loans and facilitation of access to assistance for the beleaguered dairy industry.
Malcolm Turnbull tours Josef Chromy wines in the seat of Bass in Launceston on Friday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Coalition clings to small lead in latest Ipsos poll

The start of the election campaign has not shifted the two-party vote, with the Coalition continuing to lead Labor 51-49% in the Fairfax Ipsos poll published on Saturday.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said the government was only informed when raids relating to leaks about the NBN had started. AAP/Mick Tsikas

AFP commissioner Colvin defends timing of raids on Labor

AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended police raids at the Melbourne office of Labor's deputy Senate leader Stephen Conroy and the home of an ALP staffer.
Retaining the universal 24-hour a week childcare subsidy is one of the measures that would help restore trust in politics. AAP/Lukas Coch

It’s a matter of trust: the policies we need to restore our faith in politics

There is increasing evidence that voters have lost their faith in politicians and politics. But the way to restore faith is by implementing policies that make economic and social sense.
A butterfly’s wing viewed through an optical microscope (left) and the scanning helium microscope (right). University of Newcastle

New helium microscope reveals startling details without frying the sample

A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Bill Shorten has agreed with the recommendation that Chris Brown be disendorsed for the seat of Fremantle. Mick Tsikas/AAP

ALP ousts Fremantle candidate

The Labor Party is dumping its candidate for Fremantle, Chris Brown, an official of the Maritime Union, because he failed to disclose convictions.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘this is not a time to be splashing money around’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Election budget sends companies sweeteners to drive growth

The Turnbull government has promised company tax cuts to stimulate investment and action to prevent middle-income earners moving into a higher tax bracket, in a budget that will launch its election campaign.
Scott Morrison told a news conference the Turnbull government welcomed foreign investment where it was consistent with Australia’s national interest. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Kidman sale to Chinese given preliminary ‘no’

Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced that his "preliminary decision" is that the purchase of the Kidman pastoral empire by a Chinese-dominated buyer "is contrary to the national interest".
A Bill Shorten led Labor government would introduce a two-phase emissions trading scheme. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Labor unveils phased emissions trading scheme

A Labor government would bring in its emissions trading scheme in two stages, together with a separate scheme for the electricity sector.