Not all the measures listed fit the definition of a tax.
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The Opposition is fond of saying that the government has imposed 17 new or increased taxes. Is that right?
Australia has been more comfortable in the ‘slipstream of power’, rather than leading, says Peter Varghese.
DFAT secretary Peter Varghese sat down with Michelle Grattan to talk about aid, the integration of AUSAID, Islamic State, the Asian century and much, much more.
From one of the “hunters to being one of the hunted”: the Nationals’ Michael McCormack is a former journalist-turned-politician.
The Nationals member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, talks about politics and journalism, the future of the Nationals' leadership, tax reform and much more.
Clare O'Neil, with her colleague Tim Watts, has written a book that looks at Australia in 2040. She speaks with Michelle Grattan about the book, and the future of progressive politics in Australia.
Chris Bowen talks about his new book, The Money Men, in which he analyses twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers.
Chris Bowen and Michelle Grattan step away from the day-to-day politics to talk about Bowen’s new book, The Money Men, in which he writes about twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers.
Ben Oquist, former chief of staff to Greens leaders Bob Brown and Christine Milne, says Tony Abbott risks being on the ‘wrong side of history’ at the 2015 Paris climate summit.
Ben Oquist on the direction of the Greens and the Senate crossbench.
Ben Oquist, Executive Director of the Australia Institute, talks to Michelle Grattan about the current direction of the Greens, the Senate crossbench, climate change, and much more.
The issue of climate change has the potential to unite many countries, says Christophe Lecourtier.
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The French Ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier sits down with Michelle Grattan to talk about the 2015 Paris climate conference, Australia’s role in tackling climate change and much more.
Mark Butler talks about climate change, ETS, an early election, and much more.
Michelle Grattan talks to Labor environment spokesman Mark Butler about climate change, an ETS, the possibility of an early election, the ALP national conference and much more.
Malcolm Turnbull talks about the government’s new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on Q&A, and much more.
Michelle Grattan talks to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the government's new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on ABC's Q&A, gay marriage and much more.
Sarah Hanson-Young talks about personal attacks on her, and paying people smugglers to turn their boats around.
Michelle Grattan talks to Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young about personal attacks on her, paying people smugglers to turn their boat around, gay marriage, and much more.
Bruce Billson talks to Michelle Grattan about the 2015 federal budget and the small business tax cuts.
Michelle Grattan talks to Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson about the budget, the small business tax cuts, cabinet leaks, gay marriage and much more.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s failure to talk about basic measures of the economy in his second budget speech is telling.
A budget speech that fails to discuss basic measures of how the economy going is revealing in itself. Joe Hockey is the first treasurer since at least 1981 not to mention GDP.
It was a novelty when Conservative leader David Cameron had to enlist Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s support to govern, but Britons may have to get used to minority government.
The UK is poised for another minority government, this time possibly with a hung parliament. Australia's long experience of such arrangements offers lessons in how to manage minority government.
Young people take a keen interest in key policy areas such as climate change – the main problem is a lack of government engagement with them on such intergenerational issues.
Lack of youth involvement in politics is often attributed to lack of interest. But my research indicates the bigger barrier is government capacity to listen to and work with young people’s views.
About one in four Australians are skipping the polling day queues and voting early.
More than 280,000 votes were cast online at the NSW election, which has been claimed as a new world record. The state's early vote also looks set to hit a new high, mirroring a trend across Australia.
While selfies have become a staple of political life, voters' loyalty beyond the moment can no longer be taken for granted – a new reality the major parties must adapt to if they want to survive.
The same forces of disruption that are changing industries and economies around the world are now having a discernible effect on Australian politics – and that's bad news for the major parties.
There’ll be a lot of strategic thinking going into the vote during the Liberal leadership spill.
How might Liberal MPs vote in the upcoming leadership spill? The answer to that question is vastly more complicated than it might seem. Ostensibly, they will be voting for the best political leader amongst…
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government was sworn in just over one year ago, making this an opportune moment to review its performance from an international perspective. Abbott and his Canadian…
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese worries that a depleted press gallery is affecting the quality of political reporting.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese recently bemoaned the decline in the quality of political reporting in Australia. Albanese is not the first current or ex-politician to question the standard of reporting…
On the occasion of US Secretary of State John Kerry trip to Australia for AUSMIN talks, I reflect upon the role of Australia in America’s democracy. Meetings such as AUSMIN focus on military contributions…