Scott Morrison said the backbench committee had been consulted and were happy with the backpacker changes.
The government will impose an increase in the departure tax and claw back more superannuation from holiday makers departing Australia.
Polls show Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten locked in a tight race as the election campaign nears its end.
When the everyday punter sees or hears opinion polls, many might believe that their fellow punters are indeed evenly split on their voting intentions.
Many voters feel the major parties aren’t listening, which can be part of the appeal of populist candidates such as One Nation’s Pauline Hanson.
Watch Anne Tiernan and Duncan McDonnell discuss the popularity of minor parties and independents in this election – including what the Nick Xenophon Team learnt from the Palmer United Party.
Newspoll is showing a rise to 15% in support for ‘others’ – independents and parties other than the major parties and the Greens.
One-third of people believe the next Senate should have more or the same number of crossbenchers, according to polling done for the Australia Institute.
Malcolm Turnbull addresses South Australian Liberal Party members during a speech on Saturday.
The latest Newspoll shows Coalition and Labor on 50-50% in two-party terms, while microparties and independents have increased their support in the past fortnight.
Nick Xenophon, an absolute vote magnet, appears likely to get at least three senators including himself.
For those who might feel this election campaign will never end, it is worth revisiting why the voters are enduring eight weeks rather than the normal five. Calling a double dissolution – the specific circumstances…
Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon walk together ahead of the regional leader’s debate in Goulburn.
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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…
Voter dissatisfaction with Malcolm Turnbull has risen to 50% in the latest Newspoll.
Labor has retained its 51-49% lead over the government in the latest Newspoll, which shows Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten now level in their net satisfaction ratings.
Australia’s system of compulsory voting makes the pollsters’ job much easier than under voluntary voting.
Final pre-election Australian polls have usually been accurate, at least on primary votes.
Malcolm Turnbull retains a strong lead as preferred prime minister in both polls – 51-29% in Ipsos and 49-27% in Newspoll.
As the 2016 election campaign formally begins, new polling shows Scott Morrison’s budget has failed to inspire and the government and Labor are locked in a close race. The Fairfax Ipsos poll has the Coalition…
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove addressed both houses of parliament in the Senate chamber.
When the politicians arrived in Canberra for their special parliamentary session, it was obvious everyone wanted to do what was necessary for a July 2 election, and do it quickly. Instead of taking weeks…
While Malcolm Turnbull still has a substantial lead over Bill Shorten as better prime minister, the gap has narrowed markedly.
The federal government has fallen behind Labor in Newspoll for the first time under Malcolm Turnbull, with Labor now leading 51-49% on a two-party basis.
Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy Turnbull watch on during the FIRST Global Robotics Competition in Sydney on Saturday.
Malcolm Turnbull is 20 points ahead of Bill Shorten as the leader more capable of managing tax reform in a Newspoll that has the Coalition slightly improving its two-party position.
Malcolm Turnbull visiting Melbourne University’s BIO21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute on Monday.
The government and opposition are tied on 50-50 in the two-party vote in the latest Newspoll, while Malcolm Turnbull's satisfaction rating has fallen.
The government is not ahead in Newspoll for the first time since Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister.
The Turnbull government has lost its lead in the latest Newspoll, which has the Coalition and Labor 50-50 in the two-party preferred vote.
The Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull continues its lead over Labor in the latest Newspoll.
A 15% GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016.
Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue.
A Shorten government would further substantially increase the excise on tobacco, taking the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to nearly A$41 by 2020 and boosting revenue by $47.7 billion over a decade.
Bill Shorten’s rating of 17% as preferred prime minister in the latest Newspoll is his worst.
Malcolm Turnbull has widened already huge leads over Bill Shorten on satisfaction and better prime minister ratings while the Coalition leads on the two-party vote in Newspoll.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dismissed jeering during his speech to the New South Wales Liberal Council on Saturday.
The Coalition and opposition are tied on 50-50% in the latest Newspoll despite Malcolm Turnbull having an overwhelming 57-19% lead as preferred prime minister.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
The change of prime minister has put the Coalition ahead in Newspoll for the first time since before the 2014 draconian budget.