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Supporters carry a banner during a rally for marriage equality held in Sydney. Richard Milnes/Newzulu

If no plebiscite, settle same-sex marriage in parliament: poll

More than two-thirds of voters oppose the government's decision to give public funding to the yes and no campaigns in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, according to an Essential poll.
Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon walk together ahead of the regional leader’s debate in Goulburn. Twitter/Richard Di Natale

Barnaby Joyce missteps, linking live cattle suspension and boat arrivals

The election campaign’s day 17 notably belonged to Barnaby Joyce, and not just for the package of concessional loans he announced for struggling dairy farmers. For light relief, the day delivered another…
In his Tuesday National Press Club address, Chris Bowen highlighted the need to preserve Australia’s AAA credit rating. Dean Lewins/AAP

Aspiring treasurer Chris Bowen looks fit for purpose

Chris Bowen presented at the National Press Club on Tuesday as a well-prepared alternative treasurer, who could slot into the real job very easily if July 2 brought the chance. “Neat” is the word that…
The government is playing “hardball” in the talks over the new Community Pharmacy Agreement, according to sources. medicine picture from www.shutterstock.com

Government versus pharmacists in search for big savings

The government is locked in a major battle with pharmacists as it looks for $3 billion in budget savings from the pharmaceutical supply chain.
New AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin was forced to backtrack over comments suggesting metadata could be used to prevent online piracy. AAP/Alan Porritt

ASIO more trusted than government with personal data

People are more inclined to trust ASIO and the police than the government and communications companies to store personal…