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Philip Ruddock has been under preselection pressure in his seat of Berowra. Lukas Coch/AAP

Philip Ruddock will quit parliament at the election

Father of the House of Representatives Philip Ruddock will leave parliament at the election, resolving one of several NSW Liberal preselection rows.
Stuart Robert has come under scrutiny for a trip to China he undertook while assistant minister for defence. China Minmetals Corporation

Questions hang over conduct of another Turnbull minister

Malcolm Turnbull has sought advice on whether Human Services Minister Stuart Robert breached the code of ministerial standards during a private trip to China in 2014.
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull points to problems in raising GST

Malcolm Turnbull has said the budget will contain the government's tax policy, and questioned whether the benefits of increasing the GST would be worth the difficulties of doing so.
Treasurer Scott Morrison had a bad first week of the new parliamentary year, as the idea of a possible GST increase came in for a barrage of negativity. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Scott Morrison has been wounded in GST row

If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
Treasury secretary John Fraser says if Australia were to permanently reduce net debt, it would have to achieve sustained structural budget improvements. Lukas Coch/AAP

Don’t be complacent about Australia’s top credit rating: Treasury secretary Fraser

Australia should not be complacent about maintaining its top credit rating, which depends on achieving budget repair and a more diverse economy, Treasury secretary John Fraser has said.
Australia ranked 5th on the literacy test, ahead of the US and the UK. from www.shutterstock.com

Literacy standards aren’t falling, but they are changing

The political obsession with back to basics literacy is leaving schools behind. What is taught in school is becoming increasingly distant from what is required in the real world.

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