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After Question Time on Thursday Tony Abbott made a personal explanation to the House outlining the background to the Adler shotgun ban. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull and Abbott in conflict over deal on sunset clause

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott are sharply at odds over Abbott's denial of knowledge about a 2015 deal to insert a sunset clause on the import ban of a shotgun.
The ascendency of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines is just one of the shifts away from liberalism in southeast Asia. Reuters/Lean Daval Jr

Differences on liberalism provide Asia’s latest faultline

Shifts in southeast Asian countries' political leadership has led to another worrying region-wide shift: away from liberalism.
Kelly O'Dwyer said legislation would be introduced into parliament this year to mandate professional standards for advisers. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Slow start to new standards requirements for financial advisers

The large banks and AMP will be required to fund the establishment of a new independent body to oversee the professional standing of the much-criticised financial services industry.
Mark Dreyfus says the government’s exposure draft is not justifiable. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor caucus set to kill marriage vote

The government late Monday night released its draft legislation for implementing a successful same-sex marriage plebiscite – the day before Labor is set to torpedo the February 11 popular vote.
Gina Rinehart is very close to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has been a critic of the Chinese push for Australian land. Paul Millar/AAP Image

Morrison to rule on Hancock-Chinese bid for Kidman cattle empire

Gina Rinehart has partnered with a Chinese company to buy the giant Kidman pastoral empire, after two previous bids by Chinese buyers were rejected by the federal government.
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program. Lukas Coch/AAP

New VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers

A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
Minority groups such as migrants are almost always pro-vaccination. from www.shutterstock.com

‘No jab, no pay’ disadvantages migrant children

The Commonwealth government's "no jab, no pay" legislation is disadvantaging migrant children. Many families are having essential payments withheld despite their children being vaccinated.
Barnaby Joyce recently said a resolution of the backpacker tax issue was imminent. Dan Peled/AAP

Backpacker tax due to go to cabinet

Federal cabinet on Tuesday is due to consider a compromise on the backpacker tax, as the government moves to clear away the issue as soon as possible.