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Australian Acting Special Minister of State Senator Mathias Cormann, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Attorney-General George Brandis at a press conference at Parliament House to introduce the new foreign donations laws. AAP

Green groups and charities could be collateral damage in government’s foreign donation ban

The new foreign donations laws announced this week will potentially stifle the work of foreign funded charities and environment groups working in Australia.
A video has been released with Tony Abbott’s daughter Frances promoting the Yes case. AAP/Australian Marriage Equality

Yes case’s SMS campaign was not invasive

Like millions of others, I received an SMS at the weekend from the “Yes” campaign for the marriage ballot. It said: The Marriage Equality Survey forms have arrived! Help make history and vote YES for a…
Mathias Cormann said the government was confident it had a legal and constitutional way to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Liberal partyroom slaps down same-sex marriage rebels

If the Senate as expected rejects the same-sex marriage plebiscite again, the government will move to a voluntary postal ballot.
The campaigning is building up for the byelection in Canning on September 19. Rebecca Le May/AAP

Politics podcast: Canning byelection special

Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor candidate Matt Keogh, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland.
There is evidence Australia’s bank bill swap rate was manipulated: so what now for regulators? AAP/Dan Peled

Years on, ASIC still grappling with swap rate fixing scandal

The wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow and nowhere slower than in the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). A recent report appears to show that ASIC…
This government is fond of comparing the economy to a household budget - but there is one really major difference. AAP/Lukas Koch

Why the federal budget is not like a household budget

Treasurer Joe Hockey is experiencing difficult times. Deteriorating terms of trade and an uncooperative senate mean that he cannot deliver the surplus when he said he would and he cannot continue to cut…
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has taken a fresh look at FOFA reform, and decided to proceed with some amendments. Alan Porritt/AAP

Financial advice reforms rollback to proceed: experts react

The Federal Government has confirmed it will push ahead with controversial moves to water down the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) law reforms, on the grounds the current legislation reduces the affordability…

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