The business drought loans will be up to $500,000, and include a two-year interest free period.
The drought package, believed to be worth more than $500 million, comes as the Coalition government is under pressure to do more for those hit by one of the country's worst-ever droughts.
Greenpeace members protesting at Newcastle port in 2017, calling on the Commonwealth Bank to stop investing in coal.
The government has the activist group Market Forces squarely in its sights as it considers ways to stop environmental organisations persuading financial and other businesses to boycott companies in the…
An increase in the number of home care packages was one of three recommendations for immediate action made in the interim report.
After a damning interim report from the royal commission, the government will soon announce more money for aged care.
‘It’s really an appalling story of lack of accountability [and] lack of oversight by this government’, says Michelle Grattan on the findings in the interim report from the aged care royal commission.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Leigh Sullivan.
Failure to enshrine the ‘voice’ in the constitution means it would lack long-term security.
As the first Indigenous federal cabinet minister, Ken Wyatt is widely respected in first peoples communities, but by the same token, the expectations on him are very high.
The process will also develop ways to get more Indigenous input to state and local decisions, especially on the issue of service delivery.
Two prominent Indigenous Australians have been appointed to chair a senior advisory group to oversee an extensive process for developing options for an Indigenous "voice to government".
This week’s Essential poll showed 56% of voters would prioritise stimulating the Australian economy over getting back to budget surplus.
Ross Gittins on the government’s “surplus obsession”
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As the Australian economy continues to struggle, many argue that stimulus is needed, urging the government to abandon its "surplus obsession".
‘These Australians deserve a greater sense of security’, Albanese said.
In this first of a series of “vision statements” Albanese has sought to send the messages that Labor under his leadership is focused on jobs, is looking to the future and is not afraid of change.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will make a “vision statement” on Tuesday, where he will emphasise manufacturing job opportunities flowing from the renewables expansion.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will emphasise his party's pro-business stance in a speech on Tuesday, departing from Bill Shorten's criticism of the “top end of town”.
The first report produced by Democracy 2025 brings forward the perspective of federal politicians, as they are key voices in the debate on trust in politics.
Two of the authors of the first Democracy 2025 report discuss the keys findings about what politicians see as faults in the current political system, and how they think it can be improved.
‘More generally, this does reflect a lot of tension and angst within the National party,’ says Michelle Grattan on the Hanson dairy deal.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher.
Albanese and Morrison share certain political qualities. They’re both solid and stolid, with the ability to relate to ordinary people.
Labor's new policy process shouldn't be rushed, but taking time inevitably leaves a vacuum, which Albanese will try to fill the space with a series of “vision statements”.
Albanese said the outcome was ‘a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor party’.
Setka's resignation is a significant victory for Albanese, who had a good deal of credibility invested after repeatedly saying the rogue unionist would be ousted from the party.
‘Calls unfortunately weren’t made to the right people at the right time,’ said the Deputy PM.
Speaking with The Conversation's politics podcast, McCormack said in hindsight, it would have been better to have told Nationals who'd been agitating for the code that negotiations were underway.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals.
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Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
Only 1.1% of those surveyed wanted a greater proportion of students from overseas.
Foreign students have become a huge source of income for Australia in general and the universities in particular, but critics are concerned about pressures on the institutions and on standards.
McKenzie wrote to Hanson saying the code - which would inrease the negotiating power of milk producers - would be ready later this year, instead of next year as indicated earlier.
Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.
Morrison told reporters he’d made the point ‘which was well received, that Australia is an independent, sovereign nation’.
Morrison stressed “that we will never feel corralled into any sort of binary assessment of these relationships” - assessments that said “pro-United States or pro-China”.
Michelle Grattan says the announcement of extra money for drought-stricken farmers “won’t be enough” to alleviate pressure on the government on the issue of drought.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan discusses the week in politics with Michelle Grattan.
Jacqui Lambie has yet to announce whether she will support the bill to have medevac repealed.
The inquiry's report has predictably split along party lines, with the swing vote on the issue still with the Tasmanian senator.