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Stuart Robert has come under scrutiny for a trip to China he undertook while assistant minister for defence. China Minmetals Corporation

Questions hang over conduct of another Turnbull minister

Malcolm Turnbull has sought advice on whether Human Services Minister Stuart Robert breached the code of ministerial standards during a private trip to China in 2014.
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull points to problems in raising GST

Malcolm Turnbull has said the budget will contain the government's tax policy, and questioned whether the benefits of increasing the GST would be worth the difficulties of doing so.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten announces a new schools funding policy, which reaffirms Labor’s commitment to the Gonski reforms. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Bill Shorten promises Labor would implement the full Gonski

Bill Shorten is pushing schools funding to the centre of this year’s election battle by committing to fully funding the Gonski blueprint.
Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett was the only state or territory leader to refrain from signing a statement calling for an Australian head of state. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Almost all state and territory leaders declare for a republic

On the eve of Australia Day, the Australian Republican Movement has released a statement of support for an Australian head of state signed by all but one of the nation's premiers and chief ministers.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott will recontest his seat of Warringah at the next election. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott says he will run for another term

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has ended months of speculation by confirming he will renominate for his Sydney seat of Warringah.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said people were not interested in “reading a large tome on tax”. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Morrison open to changing tax white paper process

Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
Around 200 stillbirths could be prevented in Australia every year in the last three months of pregnancy. { pranav }/Flickr

More than 20,000 stillbirths worldwide are avoidable

Around 20,000 late-pregnancy stillbirths could have been avoided globally in 2015, according to research published in the Lancet medical journal today.
Tony Abbott leaves the partyroom on September 14, having lost the Liberal leadership and prime ministership to Malcolm Turnbull. AAP/Sam Mooy

2015, the year that was: Politics + Society

2015 started as it finished, with terrorist atrocities, intractable conflicts and political upheavals that toppled several leaders, including Australia's prime minister, Tony Abbott.
Bringing down the gavel, and bringing down the house: French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius symbolically ended the Paris climate talks, applauded by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Beyond Paris: what was really achieved at the COP21 climate summit, and what next?

What's next, now that the Paris climate summit is over? We've created a special report for you, featuring two dozen of our best articles on the scientific, political and economic challenges ahead.
The alleged sexual incompatibility of the heterosexual couple is not actually new. Teymur Madjderey

Some notes on the female orgasm in 2015

Some 32 surveys of sexual practice conducted between 1921 and 1995 found that women tend not to have orgasms during penile-vaginal sex. And yet men's and women's magazines continue to offer 'lessons'.