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Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients. Joel Carrett/AAP

Albanese warns Labor over clean energy supplement in omnibus bill

Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
Colin Barnett opposes a plebiscite on same-sex marriage being held close to next year’s WA state election. Richard Wainwright/AAP

Colin Barnett says same-sex marriage should be settled by parliament

Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite on same-sex marriage has run into new problems, with the Australian Electoral Commission recommending it should be delayed until next year.
Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday that changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act ‘was not a priority’. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull’s backbench muscles up

Malcolm Turnbull’s rhetoric this week has been designed to put the heat on Labor over budget repair. But he has three grassfires on his hands even before the new parliament starts on August 30 – and they’re…
People protesting offshore detention of asylum seekers interrupted Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to CEDA on Wednesday. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Manus Island centre set to close – but where to for the detainees?

It has taken more than three months for the Australian and PNG governments to jointly announce the Manus Island detention centre will close. But the detainees’ fate is now even more uncertain.
Agnes Prest from the Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance interrupts Malcolm Turnbull’s economic address. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Turnbull demands answers on protest over asylum seekers

An angry Malcolm Turnbull has asked CEDA for a 'please explain' and the Australian Federal Police for a full incident report about the protest over Nauru and Manus Island.
The global economy may be more fragile than at any time since the financial crisis, Malcolm Turnbull said today. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

The electorate has spoken, but Turnbull’s speech shows he hasn’t listened

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's first major post-election economic speech revealed not a hint of awareness that large swathes of the electorate had been unpersuaded by his major policy programs.
Malcolm Turnbull says he and his ministers are engaging with all the Senate crossbenchers to seek support for a responsible policy approach. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Turnbull to Labor: pass our $6 billion savings bill

The government will test Labor's bona fides early in the new parliament with an 'omnibus bill' containing more than $6 billion in savings it says the ALP flagged at the election it would support.
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to bring bank executives before a parliamentary committee at least annually has been seen as little more than token. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The banking story has a way to run for Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull’s resistance to a royal commission into banks is flouting public opinion and will test his own backbenchers, who have their fingers on the electoral pulse on this hot-button issue. An…
Tony Abbott initially aspired as prime minister not to get sucked into the 24-hour media round, but he quickly did. AAP/Jason Edwards

If Abbott hadn’t been hyper-partisan on Malaysia people swap, Turnbull mightn’t have a Nauru problem

The Sunday Telegraph reported at the weekend that Malcolm Turnbull had visited only seven electorates since the July 2 poll, and contrasted his “hermit-style approach” with Bill Shorten’s “never-ending…
The federal government says the census website was not attacked or hacked, and no data was lost. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull to Australians: your census data is safe despite attack

The government is seeking to reassure Australians their census data is secure, after the ABS was forced to take down the site on Tuesday night to ensure data was protected.
Peter Costello says the government’s first preoccupation would have to be internal management. Lucas Coch/AAP

Costello questions what the Turnbull government can achieve

Former treasurer Peter Costello has raised questions about how much the Turnbull government can achieve given its political situation, and warned of the risk of a defection.
One has to ask what the banks fear. Are there further pockets of wrongdoing yet to emerge? No, they say. AAP/Paul Miller

Turnbull inquiry-lite bank plan falls short

Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to have the chiefs of the big banks regularly front a parliamentary committee is more gesture than substance. What it tells us is that Turnbull is very sensitive to the strong public…

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