Climate Change Authority chair Bernie Fraser says other wealthy nations have already pledged far deeper emissions cuts than Australia.
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A report from Australia's Climate Change Authority recommends cutting greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2025 if the country is to be seen as a good global citizen in this year's climate negotiations.
Bill Shorten has revealed a Labor plan to remove the tax-free concession available to people with high annual superannuation incomes.
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A Labor government would crack down on the superannuation tax breaks enjoyed by high income earners, raising more than $14 billion over ten years, under a policy released by Bill Shorten on Tuesday.
Health Minister Sussan Ley has said the government’s consultations did not include a co-payment or a proposal to examine one.
After an extensive round of consultations with health professionals and patients, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that yet more work needs to be done to find solutions to Medicare's problems.
The government is playing “hardball” in the talks over the new Community Pharmacy Agreement, according to sources.
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The government is locked in a major battle with pharmacists as it looks for $3 billion in budget savings from the pharmaceutical supply chain.
AMA chief Brian Owler said that instead of putting the public hospital sector on a sustainable footing, the federal government had retreated from its responsibilities.
An Australian Medical Association report showing the nation's public hospitals face a funding "black hole" because of the federal government's cuts gives premiers strong ammunition for their Friday meeting with Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to lowering taxes.
Tony Abbott has reaffirmed that the government's aim is "always to get taxes down" in a speech also saying that the May 12 budget will offset all new spending with "responsible and fair" savings.
Large movements in relative prices will create winners and losers this year, the IMF has said.
A new IMF report predicts a crackdown on cheap credit in China will help reduce China's real GDP growth rate from 7.4% last year to 6.8% this year and further weaken demand for Australian commodities.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has faced a blow in the latest opinion poll.
With the May 12 budget potentially crucial for Tony Abbott's future, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll shows the government will go into its testing selling task with Treasurer Joe Hockey at rock bottom popularity.
Rooftop solar panels are disrupting Australia’s electricity market, and competing with networks.
The federal government's keenly awaited Energy White Paper is firmly focused on cutting prices and red tape, and boosting industry competitiveness - and less so on climate change and renewable energy.
Bill Glasson, pictured campaigning with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Griffith byelection, has confirmed he is a candidate to fill a Senate vacancy.
Former Australian Medical Association president Bill Glasson is in line to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Brett Mason.
Power costs are moderating after sharp increases, according to an energy White Paper.
Consumers must play a role in reducing their electricity bills, the government says.
Greens leader Christine Milne argues Australia is not doing enough to combat corporate tax avoidance.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is considering a Google tax similar to that introduced in the UK, but experts warn it could derail global action on tax avoidance.
Asylum seekers during a hunger strike in Foxtrot Compound at the Manus Island detention centre.
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The government is under renewed pressure over the Nauru detention centre, with a claim that it has known of "the sexual and physical assault of women and children" for at least 17 months.
In May this year The Conversation Africa will launch from a base in Johannesburg. TC-Africa will be the fourth TC edition to launch after Australia in 2011, UK (2013), and US (2014).
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.