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Jenny Macklin emphasises that the pursuit of inclusive growth also requires a set of economic policies that recognise the importance of human capital. AAP/Lukas Coch

Labor needs new narrative, Macklin says

Opposition frontbencher Jenny Macklin says Labor should frame its policies around delivering “inclusive growth” and needs…
Environment minister Greg Hunt will now push forward with his Direct Action policy, after successfully negotiating with Clive Palmer. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Palmer deal gives green light to Direct Action – experts react

The federal government’s Direct Action climate policy, a A$2.5 billion scheme aimed at paying polluters to cut their greenhouse…
Environment minister Greg Hunt and Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer have agreed to an inquiry into an emissions trading scheme. AAP/Alan Porritt

Government agrees to inquiry into emissions trading scheme

The government has been forced to agree to an 18-month inquiry into an emissions trading scheme – despite declaring it would…
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the Coalition had concerns at the time about the detail of the agreement Labor put in place just before the 2013 election. AAP/Alan Porritt

Bishop puts no time on PNG starting refugee resettlement

The government wanted to ensure Papua New Guinea understood “absolutely” its responsibilities to resettle refugees from Manus…
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann will introduce the fuel excise indexation measure by way of putting on a tariff. AAP/Alan Porritt

Government gets round Senate on fuel

Motorists will pay more for petrol from November despite the Senate numbers not being there to pass the budget’s fuel tax…
Ken Wyatt watches as House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop accepts a boomerang from Cairns local Norman Miller. AAP/Alan Porritt

Questions proposed for Indigenous referendum

The parliamentary committee on constitutional recognition of Australia’s first people has put forward three possible propositions…
Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop has backed down on her proposal to segregate people wearing head coverings in Parliament. Lukas Coch/AAP

Bishop backs down on burqas, with a twist

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry have reversed their decision to segregate veiled women watching…
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Prime Minister Tony Abbott are looking to put science at the centre of industry policy. AAP/Lukas Coch

Industry growth centres to link business and science

The federal government will fund industry growth centres in five sectors that will encourage better use by business of Australian…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there were dozens of Australian doctors and nurses working with non-government agencies in the fight against ebola. AAP/Phillip Biggs

Too risky to send people to assist with Ebola: Abbott

Tony Abbott says the government won’t send doctors and nurses to help with the Ebola crisis without being “absolutely confident…