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The government is beginning the process of changing the spending culture, Scott Morrison says. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Budget to distinguish good and bad debt

The government will highlight in its May 9 budget a distinction between 'good' debt, incurred to boost growth, and 'bad' debt, used to finance welfare and other recurrent spending.
Malcolm Turnbull says ending the local shortage ‘will ensure gas prices in Australia are lower and fairly reflect international export prices, as they should’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gas export restrictions imposed to ensure domestic supply

The Turnbull government will impose restrictions on the export of Australian gas to boost domestic supplies and lower prices.
A Shorten government would double the screening fees on foreign investment and financial penalties that apply to foreign investment in residential real estate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Super funds targeted in Shorten’s housing affordability package

Labor will promise to ban direct borrowing by self-managed superannuation funds, as part of a housing affordability policy released on Friday.
In his statement Tony Nutt acknowledged, without going into specifics, that criticism was made of the last campaign. Lukas Coch/AAP

Liberal director Tony Nutt quits

Liberal Party federal director Tony Nutt has announced his resignation, ahead of the party's federal executive reviewing the lessons from the 2016 election campaign.
Alexander Downer’s term as high commissioner is formally up in May. Katia Christodoulou/AAP

Turnbull delays London appointment

Malcolm Turnbull is believed to have deferred the appointment of a new high commissioner to the UK until at least the end of this year.
The report says young people are much more likely to be in casual and part-time work than at the turn of the century. Julian Smith/AAP

Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report

Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities. Sam Mooy/AAP

Section 18C change appears doomed in Senate

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull warns of consequences if gas industry doesn’t keep its promises

Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
Going into the gas industry meeting, the federal government said its priority is to make sure adequate gas is available to meet peaking demands. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull to gas industry: give the local market more supply

Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday will pressure the gas industry to increase the supply available to the domestic market, as the government scrambles to get together a viable national energy policy.
Scott Morrison made it clear that any improvement in commodity prices or wages growth would be used for budget repair. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters

The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market.
Pauline Hanson told the ABC she advised people to ‘go out and do their own research’ on the question of vaccination. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull rounds on Pauline Hanson

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination.