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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.
Tony Nutt strongly defended the Coalition’s election campaign against criticism that it was not negative enough against Bill Shorten and Labor. Lukas Coch/AAP

Liberal director Nutt cold on foreign donation ban

Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Malcolm Turnbull will recount the story of Aliir Aliir, who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya after his family fled the civil war in Sudan and this year made his debut for the Sydney Swans. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Turnbull to UN: climate change threatens ‘the future of generations’

Malcolm Turnbull will tell the United Nations General Assembly climate change threatens 'the future of generations around the globe'.
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gay Liberal senator denounces marriage plebiscite

The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
The former Liberal member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, speaks to the media in Townsville during the 2016 election campaign. Mick Tsikas/AAP

LNP abandons hope of challenging Herbert result

The Queensland Liberal National Party has abandoned a possible challenge to the election result in the north Queensland seat of Herbert – which Ewen Jones lost by 37 votes.
Protesters in Melbourne calling for immigration detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island to close. Alison Eldridge/AAP

Senate to inquire into Nauru and Manus Island

The Senate has set up an inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, to report by late March next year.
There was concern in Labor ranks that more damaging information about Sam Dastyari might be about to come out. Dean Lewins/AAP

Dastyari forced off frontbench

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
Melissa Little (right) and Minoru Takasato (centre) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute won the 2016 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for work on growing kidney tissue from stem cells. MCRI

The 2016 Eureka Prizes showcase the best in Australian science

The pioneers of Australian scientific research, education and communication have been recognised in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Bob Brown said that while a plebiscite was the wrong way to go, without it ‘I think that down the line there’s three more years of waiting’. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Bob Brown supports marriage plebiscite as a last resort

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has said the door should be kept open for a plebiscite if that is the only way of achieving same-sex marriage in the foreseeable future.
Richard Di Natale said the best way of ensuring marriage equality was through a parliamentary vote. AAP/Mal Fairclough

Same-sex marriage plebiscite appears doomed

The government's plebiscite on same-sex marriage is unlikely to get off the ground, with the Greens announcing they will vote against its establishment.