Politics Podcast: Mark Dreyfus on refining foreign interference legislation.
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Mark Dreyfus says Labor acknowledges the need to do more about espionage activity and foreign influence in Australia but argues changes need to be made to the 'hastily' and broadly drafted bill.
George Brandis gave his valedictory speech to the Senate on Wednesday.
George Brandis told the Senate that classical liberal values were under 'greater challenge than at any time in my memory'.
Susan Lamb on Wednesday said she had been advised she did not have a legal right to access her parents’ marriage certificate.
Embattled Labor MP Susan Lamb has hit back at government pressure for her to quit parliament over her dual citizenship.
The High Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Steve Martin was eligible to sit in the Senate.
The High Court has ruled that Steve Martin is eligible to enter the Senate to replace the disqualified Jacqui Lambie.
Bill Shorten on Sunday announced a Labor government would freeze health premium increases to 2% in each of its first two years in office.
The Coalition now trails 48-52% on the two-party vote – the best result for it since April last year.
Bill Shorten said he had become increasingly sceptical of Adani in recent months.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.
In clinging to power, Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, is steering Venezuela’s once-rich democracy to autocracy.
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Democracy takes many forms, some of them democracy in name only. Confusion and misappropriation complicate the public struggle for the democracy to come, but this challenge is always unending.
A nightmare scenario for Bill Shorten would be to lose both Batman and Longman.
Bill Shorten for a long time seemed to have the political breaks running his way, but suddenly things have turned.
David Feeney confirmed he still could not produce the paperwork to demonstrate he had renounced his British citizenship.
Labor MP David Feeney has quit parliament and triggered a byelection in the Victorian seat of Batman.
Politics Podcast: Bill Ferris on Australia’s innovation mission.
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Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris launched a report this week setting out a plan that seeks to put Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030.
The government is stressing Malcolm Turnbull’s speech is a restatement of its economic plan, not an attempt at a reset.
Malcolm Turnbull's pitch will be that dividends will start to flow from government policy.
Anger at austerity brought people onto the streets in 2016.
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New research on the future of the welfare state found people lack confidence in the whole system of government, rather than individual politicians.
If human remains can’t easily be identified, DNA testing can provide answers to bereaved families.
New evidence points to a possible burial site for South Australia's Beaumont children, missing for 52 years. Specialist techniques will be applied to extract and sequence DNA if remains are found.
Federal and state government representatives descended on Geelong when a memorandum of understanding for the latest City Deal was signed on January 17.
With the emerging emphasis on regional City Deals and Smart Cities funding, perhaps Australia is beginning to find its way to a national cities policy, rather than just a big cities policy.
Essential poll numbers show Bill Shorten is playing to ALP’s strengths.
Come election time, votes won't turn on an integrity commission. They will turn on such issues as cost of living, discontent with flat wages, and health.
The National Integrity Commission was the specific announcement in Bill Shorten’s Tuesday National Press Club address.
Bill Shorten said a proposed National Integrity Commission would operate 'as a standing royal commission into serious and systematic corruption'.
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman announced the March 3 election on Sunday.
Malcolm Turnbull says people won't be casting a national vote until the due time of 2019 – although Labor is working on contingency plans for this year in case he changes his mind or is foxing.
We must change the date of Australia Day again again if we want to achieve a national day that unifies all Australians.
The current choice of date for Australia Day is symbolic of the country we used to be – not the one we hope to become.
There is currently a weak process of checking claims made in advertisements for medicines, to ensure they don't mislead or deceive consumers -this could be abandoned if a bill passes parliament.
Many of the challenges faced by social media companies come down to failures of design.
Tech companies are beginning to recognise that there is an ethical dimension to their work, and that they have some responsibility for the well-being of their users.