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Friday’s post-COAG press conference saw a blunter approach from the assembled first ministers. AAP/Lukas Coch

Disgruntlement on show after COAG meeting

A ragged COAG meeting has ended with a split over a new competition agreement and public swipes at Malcolm Turnbull and his government.
Offenders who breach personal protections injunctions would face up to two years jail or a fine of more than $20,000 or both. AAP

Law to be strengthened on family violence

The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.
Scott Morrison said the quarter’s weakness was broad based but the dominant cause of the contraction was the decline of 3.2% in new business investment. Lukas Coch/AAP

Government calls for co-operation after hit with negative growth figure

After the national accounts showed the economy going backwards in the September quarter, Scott Morrison called for "partners" in the parliament to drive the government's economic plan through.
Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday night there would not be an emissions intensity scheme under a Turnbull government. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull government rules out an emissions intensity scheme

The Turnbull government has slammed the door shut on an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector, in a demonstration of the power of the conservative forces in the Coalition.
Pauline Hanson was furious last week after Rod Culleton broke ranks with One Nation over the backpacker tax. Lukas Coch/AAP

Hanson thinks Culleton has swollen head

Pauline Hanson has unleashed a new attack on her rebel senator Rod Culleton, declaring that things had 'gone to his head'.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott ‘dismayed’ by report of end of his Green Army

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
Nick Xenophon had previously said he would not vote on the ABCC legislation until the water issue was settled. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull’s water gesture satisfies Xenophon

Malcolm Turnbull has promised key crossbencher Nick Xenophon closer monitoring of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee. Lukas Coch/AAP

New inquiry into conduct of George Brandis

George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull takes charge on water in bid to get ABCC deal

Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Good riddance to innovation talk, in Abbott’s view

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.
Risk-taking was the only gender norm in the study associated with both positive and negative mental health outcomes. from shutterstock.com

Men who want power over women likely to have poorer mental health: study

Men who see themselves as playboys, and as having power over women, are more prone to poor mental health than those who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to a new study.
Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie was one of two Nationals to cross the floor in support of a motion to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Nationals buck government line on Adler

Two Nationals crossed the floor and four others failed to vote on a motion from Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
The choice of Kimberley Kitching to replace former Victorian senator Stephen Conroy was controversial within Labor, dividing the right faction. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Senate targets Kitching’s ‘untruthful’ evidence to commission

The Senate has voted 35-21 to note that its newest member, Victorian Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, was found to have provided untruthful evidence to the Fair Work Commission.
Nick Xenophon won’t come to a final decision on the government’s refugee bill until he’s had further discussions with the government. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Xenophon tells voters he’s still considering lifetime ban bill

Nick Xenophon has told constituents he is still considering how to vote on the government's bill for a lifetime ban on visiting Australia for anyone sent to Nauru or Manus Island after mid-2013.