University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015, Andrew Forrest lobbying for an inquiry into iron ore prices, and the conditions at the Nauru detention centre.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced that the government will not pursue an inquiry into iron ore prices.
The government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector.
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Federal Labor frontbencher Mark Butler is one of the candidates who support a move to give affiliated unionists automatic membership and a vote in preselections.
A survey of candidates for the ALP national presidency has found broad support for granting members of affiliated unions automatic party membership and voting rights.
Senator Matt Canavan is leading a backbench push to stand up for stay-at-home parents.
With the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents.
Newspoll found that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s second budget was the best received in seven years.
Last week's giveaway budget has received the thumbs up from voters and boosted Tony Abbott's personal rating.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has unveiled $350 million of new planned spending under a Labor government.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for a bipartisan push to reduce the company tax rate for small business from the budget's promised 28.5% to 25%.
New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has focussed on health, climate change and public transport in his budget reply.
Climate change should have been tackled and investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector protected in the budget, new Greens leader Richard Di Natale said in his budget reply.
Yesterday’s Budget confirmed that the funding support we’ve had from the Australian Government since 2011 has ended.
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings.
The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s politically cautious second budget talks up business confidence.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a A$5.5 billion jobs and small business package to kick start confidence, in a second Coalition budget that strategically retreats from the harshest measures of its predecessor.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said metadata is essential to most counter-terrorism investigations.
The government will provide telecommunications companies with $131 million in the budget to help with the costs of retaining metadata, as part of further measures to strengthen intelligence capabilities and counter extremist messaging.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a budget crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies.
The budget will toughen anti-avoidance measures to crack down on the profit-shifting being undertaken by 30 multinational companies that have been identified by the Taxation Office.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a $3.5 billion child care package.
The government estimates its proposed $3.5 billion child care package will encourage more than 240,000 families to increase their involvement in paid employment, including almost 38,000 jobless families.
The cost of low emissions technology is falling faster than modelling five years ago expected, lowering the cost of reducing carbon emissions.
Despite solid results from the first emissions reduction fund auction, Australia hasn't yet got a climate policy to last.
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the government has abandoned its 2014 budget plan to cut back the indexation of pensions.
A crackdown on the pension assets test will save the budget A$2.4 billion over the forward estimates, the government says.
Greens' leader Christine Milne has resigned, after 25 years in politics.
Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale has been elected Greens' leader unopposed, after Christine Milne announced she would not contest the next federal election.
Small Business Minister Bruce Billson said a single online registration site for small business would be established.
Registration of small businesses will be streamlined as part of the government's package for the sector, which will be a centrepiece of Tuesday's budget.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott can use the latest Newspoll as evidence to his colleagues that he is clawing back.
The government goes into next week's budget trailing Labor on a two-party basis but satisfaction with Tony Abbott has risen to a seven month high in the latest Newspoll.
Bill Shorten faces some budget pressure too. His budget reply performance will be judged partly on whether he includes new substance.
Against the grim outlook of a continuing massive deficit, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are both seeking to frame the debate ahead of Treasurer Joe Hockey bringing down his second budget next week.
Drought-reduced crop yields could threaten food supply in Australia.
The Australian Academy of Science has warned that sick, older, poor and isolated Australians are at most risk from the health impacts of climate effects such as drought, fires, floods and heatwaves.
Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone said health approaches should change from “fixing the sick” to staying healthy as long as possible.
Australia needs new "philosophical underpinnings" for the major spending areas of health, education and retirement income, Business Council of Australia President Catherine Livingstone has said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the killings as ‘cruel and unnecessary’.
Australia has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing its ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson.
Scott Morrison has rejected criticism that the nannies scheme was using taxpayers money to subsidise baby sitters.
A $250 million two-year pilot scheme would subsidise 4000 nannies to care for 10,000 children in families who cannot access mainstream services.
Climate Change Authority chair Bernie Fraser says other wealthy nations have already pledged far deeper emissions cuts than Australia.
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A report from Australia's Climate Change Authority recommends cutting greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2025 if the country is to be seen as a good global citizen in this year's climate negotiations.