Treasurer Joe Hockey said that Australia’s heavy reliance on income taxes ‘may be unsustainable’.
The government's long awaited tax discussion paper says Australia has a relatively low tax burden compared to other developed countries but its system faces "challenges from a changing world".
‘Four more years’ for NSW Premier Mike Baird, which the crowd chanted as he arrived at the Liberals' election night party.
Mike Baird's Liberal National coalition has been comfortably returned to government in New South Wales, despite a 9% statewide swing against it on the two-party preferred vote.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including John Howard's address at University of Canberra's Future Leaders Congress and whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott should follow the Howard prescriptions.
Treasurer Joe Hockey makes the opening remarks at the Australia-China Business Council.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has indicated the government is preparing to announce Australia will enter negotiations to join China's infrastructure bank.
The new Reef 2050 plan is taking the long view on protecting the Great Barrier Reef - but does it have the right vision?
The federal and Queensland governments have unveiled their blueprint for protecting the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Will the $2 billion plan succeed? Our experts give their verdicts.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott desperately needs to be projecting an air of stability.
One government man has an interesting theory on why Tony Abbott mightn't mind talk of a double dissolution election. The PM finds governing very hard – and would love to be back on the campaign trail.
Despite months of lobbying and an 11th-hour bid at compromise, Christopher Pyne has failed to negotiate the passage of his university reforms through the Senate.
The Senate has defeated the government's plan to deregulate university fees 34 votes to 30, with Labor, the Greens and five of the other eight crossbenchers combining against it.
The National Civic Council, a Christian lobby group, orchestrated a massive email campaign before the spill motion to pressure MPs to support Tony Abbott’s leadership.
Cabinet's national security committee last October favoured Australia's new submarine fleet being mostly constructed overseas with the ASC having only limited work.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne at today’s press conference in Canberrra.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has backed down on his threat to defund NCRIS if the Senate failed to pass the government's university deregulation bill.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne said he is ‘not prepared to let these reforms be drowned out by distractions’.
Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a last-ditch effort to try to save the government's plan to deregulate university fees, which faces defeat in the Senate.
Universities should be accountable for their funding, says Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr.
Labor has outlined its plan for universities should it be elected, saying it would be focusing on degree completion rather than enrolment.
Malcolm Turnbull has rejected Joe Hockey’s controversial superannuation comment as a ‘bad idea’.
Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down Joe Hockey over superannuation and said the government last year failed to make the case for budget repair, in comments that will be seen by some Liberals as raising his profile for the leadership.
The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions.
Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s personal approval has risen, but it started from a very low position.
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Labor has widened its lead over the government in the latest Newspoll, although Tony Abbott's better performance has seen an improvement in the prime minister's personal approval numbers.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said the Intergenerational Report was ‘a social compact between the generations’.
By mid-century, Australia will have about 40,000 people aged 100 and above – well more than 300 times the 122 centenarians there were in 1975, according to the Intergenerational Report released on Thursday.
Education minister Christopher Pyne has maintained that the higher education reforms must be passed in order for science infrastructure funding to be released.
Leading scientists warn that research facilities may close and jobs will be lost if the government doesn't free up promised science funding.
Tony Abbott drew a direct link between an increased deployment of troops to Iraq and Australia’s domestic safety.
Tony Abbott says the troop escalation in Iraq marks "the next phase" of Australia's contribution to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat Islamic State.
Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated his lack of confidence in Gillian Triggs.
The Senate has censured Attorney-General George Brandis, saying he is "unfit to hold the office", over his behaviour in relation to Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs.
Former Liberal Party president Shane Stone in 2005.
Former Liberal president Shane Stone has hit out at party treasurer Philip Higginson for his scathing correspondence complaining about party governance.
Despite only finding an association between fluoridated water and underactive thyroid gland, the paper says we should try to reduce all sources of fluoride in the environment.
A study linking water fluoridation to hypothyroidism has been criticized by researchers for poor design and overstating its findings.
Students undertaking vocational courses are less likely to pay back their student loan given many don’t earn over the repayment threshold.
More than a third (40%) of government loans to vocational education and training students will never be repaid, according to a new analysis by the Grattan Institute.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government would act against “hate preachers”.
Tony Abbott has urged Muslim leaders to speak out more – and sincerely – in the fight against terrorism, as he unveiled tough…
Treasurer Joe Hockey will give $60 million in incentive payments to the ACT government.
The federal government has signed its first agreement under its asset recycling initiative – with the Labor government in…
Tim Wilson has advocated for native title reform at the National Press Club.
Aboriginal Australians are being denied the freedom to exercise their property rights under native title, Human Rights Commissioner…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is pushing for greater metadata retention powers.
Tony Abbott will seek to shore up his case for the government’s controversial metadata legislation on Wednesday by highlighting…