Offenders who breach personal protections injunctions would face up to two years jail or a fine of more than $20,000 or both.
The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.
Better, cleaner buildings could deliver a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.
Buildings image from www.shutterstock.com
Energy upgrades to Australia's buildings could meet a quarter of our climate goals.
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.
In a stage-managed moment organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison walk together to a car taking them to the airport.
Premiers and chief ministers on Friday delivered a humiliating public blow to Malcolm Turnbull, bluntly telling him they didn’t want even to think about his “big idea” to allow them to raise income tax…
The new funding meets some of the shortfall left by the 2014 budget cuts.
States will receive an additional A$2.9 billion from July 2017 to June 2020, with growth in Commonwealth funding capped at 6.5%. The Conversation's experts respond.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the COAG meeting with state and territory premiers and treasurers.
Giving states the power to levy income tax won't make up for the shortfall in health and education funding and it could mean poorer states are worse off.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, meeting with state leaders today, says if we were starting from scratch we’d tax differently.
There's no need to abandon the current tax collection system. Instead we should ensure the voting public understand where their taxes are going.
Malcolm Turnbull invited premiers and chief ministers to The Lodge on Thursday evening ahead of COAG.
Malcolm Turnbull is the venture capitalist of politics who, with his bid to force the states to raise a slice of income tax, has invested heavily in a risky enterprise.
Whether he succeeds or not, Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to reform the federation will be a long and tricky process.
Malcolm Turnbull's bold plan to give states the power to levy income tax is a risky move, and the latest in a string of attempts to 'fix' federal-state relations that have not succeeded.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will face off with state premiers today.
There's more than one way to restore Australia to genuine federation.
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett is the only state premier putting his support behind Malcolm Turnbull’s federation proposal.
Free market economists love the idea, but not everyone would welcome the competition.
Hospital funding has long been the subject of acrimonious and unedifying funding disputes between the federal and state governments.
The Commonwealth wants to partially reverse the cuts it made to public hospital funding in the 2014 budget. But the deal has some unwelcome strings attached.
The Curtin Labor Government in 1942 started the process to take income tax from the states.
National Library of Australia
The states have historically fought to keep their income tax powers so it seems a joke to see a rejection of the Federal Government's proposal to give these powers back.
Political funding is a fundamental public trust matter. It deserves to be debated at COAG.
Friday's COAG meeting is a perfect opportunity for politicians to govern in the public interest: and that should start with reforming political donations.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing all the states to agree to federation reform.
There's a reason the states have generally agreed to levy taxes in a uniform way.
COAG leaders have pushed out any decision on tax until their next meeting in March 2016.
State and federal leaders seem as far away as ever from an agreement on the direction of tax reform.
Tax reform remains a political blame-game between the federal government and states.
If only the debate around the GST focused on what it takes to make a good tax system.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said if the states wanted to spend more they could raise their own taxes.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has declared that differences between federal and state governments over tax reform may be "irreconcilable" because states want to use funds from a GST change to spend more.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform.
Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.