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VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on a 2015 federal election

University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015, Andrew Forrest lobbying for an inquiry into iron ore prices, and the conditions at the Nauru detention centre.
Transfield Services Chief Executive Operations Kate Munnings during the Senate inquiry into recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the regional processing centre in Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Nauru detention centre needs its own Ombudsman

Australian taxpayers are providing Transfield Services with $1.2 billion over 20 months to operate the detention facility on Nauru.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced that the government will not pursue an inquiry into iron ore prices. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Iron ore inquiry off but row continues

The government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in a nasty squeeze, with Andrew Forrest, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, and some of the other smaller miners on one side, and the big producers, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, on the other. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

War between miners catches government in the crossfire

Tony Abbott has got into a terrible tangle over whether there should be an inquiry into iron ore prices.
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy. AAP/Lucas Coch

Labor’s plans for science, technology, maths education well-meaning but misguided

A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
Voters can be fairly confident Prime Minister Tony Abbott will aim to stay in the middle ground until the election. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Which Tony will voters decide is the ‘real Tony’?

This week's budget has helped entrench Tony Abbott's leadership. That's a blow for the Liberal aspirants but not necessarily for Labor, because it would prefer him to be the opponent at the election.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has unveiled $350 million of new planned spending under a Labor government. AAP/Lukas Coch

Small business tax should be cut by 5%: Shorten

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for a bipartisan push to reduce the company tax rate for small business from the budget's promised 28.5% to 25%.
New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has focussed on health, climate change and public transport in his budget reply. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Budget fails on climate change and renewables: Di Natale

Climate change should have been tackled and investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector protected in the budget, new Greens leader Richard Di Natale said in his budget reply.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief. Diego Azubel/AAP

Quake recovery can leverage change of lasting benefit to Nepal

Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government have been encouraged by the budget’s initial reception. AAP/Sam Mooy

Election this year? It seems unlikely

A soft budget - if you overlook the nasty bits still there from last year – with more giveaways than takeaways inevitably fanned talk of a possible double dissolution this year.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s politically cautious second budget talks up business confidence. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Federal Budget 2015: Small business wins in grab for confidence

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a A$5.5 billion jobs and small business package to kick start confidence, in a second Coalition budget that strategically retreats from the harshest measures of its predecessor.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a budget crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey moves on diverted profits but gives no estimate of revenue

The budget will toughen anti-avoidance measures to crack down on the profit-shifting being undertaken by 30 multinational companies that have been identified by the Taxation Office.

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