Agriculture Minister David Littleproud rejected the Shorten call for a suspension.
Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has set up a review of the trade during the northern summer.
Wood's call follows NSW Liberal and former health minister Sussan Ley declaring the trade should cease.
Malcolm Turnbull is to be congratulated for taking action to curb expenses scandals.
Malcolm Turnbull is to be congratulated on establishing an independent body to oversee politicians' expenses, but an independent anti-corruption commission is still needed.
Sussan Ley maintains that her entitlement claims were within the rules.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced major changes to the parliamentary entitlements system, modelled on the UK's system of vetting MPs' expenses.
Sussan Ley is the latest federal MP to be embroiled in an expenses scandal.
Voters are fed up with political scandals consuming time and energy, especially when the country is facing several social and economic challenges.
The Greens have renewed calls for a federal body to investigate corruption in politics.
A federal ICAC will not solve the sorts of problems Australian politicians have recently embroiled themselves in.
Sussan Ley was under pressure to resign following claims she misused her travel entitlements and breached the ministerial standards.
It is unclear whether stood-aside minister Sussan Ley has breached the ministerial standards over her travel expenses. And the rules on claiming entitlements are unclear and very complex.
Female ministers and assistant ministers pose with Malcolm Turnbull after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House on Tuesday.
Before the election Malcolm Turnbull had no trouble calling himself a feminist but now his party has had its woman problem highlighted by the result. There will only be 13 women among the 60 (assuming…
If Malcolm Turnbull panders too much to the conservatives he will alienate many ordinary centrist voters.
As he struggles with the lessons of the recent past and the challenges of the immediate future, Malcolm Turnbull needs to avoid two dangers. One is being spooked by the conservatives inside and outside…
Health Minister Sussan Ley has not appeared in an election debate with her shadow counterpart during this campaign.
The posters are going out under Malcolm Turnbull’s signature “I guarantee Medicare stays”. The government is clearly alarmed that Bill Shorten’s Medicare scare campaign could take hold. But what, in the…
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
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PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
Health Minister Sussan Ley wants people to be able to access their medical data using an app.
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Although there are significant challenges to making data within My Health Record useful in the management of a person’s health, the move to make it more open is positive.
How has Medicare spending changed in the last decade?
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Health Minister Sussan Ley is broadly correct on the numbers – but they are framed in a way that overstates the impression of rising health care expenditure.
We need a plan to provide patients with the right care at the right place in the right time.
As the 2015 parliamentary year approaches, The Conversation is examining five key policy areas that have a new minister in charge: health, immigration, defence, social services and science. Today we begin…