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The report says young people are much more likely to be in casual and part-time work than at the turn of the century. Julian Smith/AAP

Youth underemployment at four-decade peak: Brotherhood report

Underemployment among young people is now at its highest in the 40 years since it has been officially counted, according to a report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities. Sam Mooy/AAP

Section 18C change appears doomed in Senate

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull warns of consequences if gas industry doesn’t keep its promises

Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
Going into the gas industry meeting, the federal government said its priority is to make sure adequate gas is available to meet peaking demands. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull to gas industry: give the local market more supply

Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday will pressure the gas industry to increase the supply available to the domestic market, as the government scrambles to get together a viable national energy policy.
Scott Morrison made it clear that any improvement in commodity prices or wages growth would be used for budget repair. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Scott Morrison says budget will remember the renters

The proposed housing affordability package in the May budget will target people relying on social housing as well as those trying to break into the market.
Pauline Hanson told the ABC she advised people to ‘go out and do their own research’ on the question of vaccination. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull rounds on Pauline Hanson

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed Pauline Hanson's views on vaccination.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Iraq

Iraq is an important country to watch in 2017, as a source of instability in the Middle East since the 2003 invasion. Iraq…
Children sit at a makeshift camp for internally displaced people in Houdhieda, Yemen. Reuters/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Yemen

In Yemen, the civil conflict will likely drag on in a stalemate between the Houthi movement in the north and the Hadi government…
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Reuters/Agencja Gazeta

Syria

This year may be a critical turning point for Syria and the five-year civil war, at least for the Assad regime, which is…
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a tough election year. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Germany

When Germany goes to the polls in the second half of 2017, there is a chance that the status quo will prevail. This is a…
Indonesia President Joko Widodo speaks as Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House on Sunday. David Moir/AAP

Coalition trails 45-55% and Turnbull’s ratings sink in Newspoll

A disastrous Newspoll showing the Coalition trailing Labor 45-55%, One Nation gaining ground and Malcolm Turnbull's ratings falling will fuel the alarm and anger in the Coalition.
ACTU president Ged Kearney called on Malcolm Turnbull ‘to stand up for workers in this country, to actually change the laws to protect people’s pay’. Alex Murray/AAP

Sunday penalty rates cut opens new fight between government and opposition

Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers stand to lose thousands of dollars per year after the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays.
Bill Shorten will say that without confidence in the policy environment, investors would never put up the billions of dollars required for energy projects. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten goes on front foot over 50% renewables ‘target’

Australia could be the 'energy capital of Asia' but instead it is going backwards, Bill Shorten will say in a speech on Thursday.
Malcolm Turnbull has continued his attack on the energy situation in South Australia, with its high reliance on renewables. Dean Lewins/AAP

Government losing the argument on energy, according to poll

A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security.