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The federal government suspending the export licence of Emanuel Exports, the biggest exporter and the company responsible for the 2017 Awassi Express shipment that triggered the furore around the industry. AAP/Animals Australia

Government suspends licence of biggest live sheep exporter

The government action means there is no trade at the moment after the other current exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, paused its trade over the northern summer.
Anthony Albanese is considered the Labor party’s only leadership alternative to Bill Shorten. AAP/Ben Rushton

Anthony Albanese sets out his blueprint for Labor

Albanese's speech comes against a background of speculation that Bill Shorten's leadership could be under pressure if the party performs badly at the Super Saturday byelections.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison announce the passage of their income tax package. AAP/Mick Tsikas

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the federal government’s tax package, the ABC and the ‘Super Saturday’ byelections

It was a busy week in politics, with the federal government passing its income tax package, more squabbling over the ABC, and all parties gearing up for the July 28 byelections.
Mathias Cormann won Senate support for a motion for the bill when it is returned on Thursday to be voted on without further debate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government set to call Senate’s bluff on income tax bill

The Senate on Thursday is set to pass intact the government's $144 billion three-stage income tax package - but whether the plan is fully delivered will depend on who wins the election.
Michelle Guthrie pointed out that the broadcaster’s per capita funding had halved in real terms in three decades while the demands on it had increased. Joel Carrett/AAP

ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment the public broadcaster contributed more than $1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.
Mitch Fifield and the Prime Minister’s Office often fire off complaints about errors and interpretations. Joel Carrett/AAP

View from The Hill: Threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying

It has been described as virtue-signalling to the base. I think it is rather more serious. It will reinforce the anti-ABC sentiment of some in government ranks - which has reached absurd levels.
Huawei is regarded with great concern by Australia’s intelligence agencies and has been banned from involvement in the National Broadband Network. Perrone Claudio/CrowdSpark.com

Chinese company Huawei in limbo over proposed foreign register

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the assessment of whether someone was covered by the legislation "will have to be made by the people concerned".
Shorten declared the Coalition had “launched the biggest attack on the ABC in a generation”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten promises to reverse budget cut to the ABC

Shorten has moved to make the ABC an election issue promising to reverse the Turnbull government's $83.7 million budget cut and to guarantee funding certainty over the broadcaster's next budget cycle.
Greens urge Labor to vote against the whole of Malcolm Turnbull’s income tax package. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Greens release annual figures for income tax package

The estimates have been prepared by the independent PBO, at the request of the Greens. The opposition has repeatedly sought annual figures, but the government resisted the demands.
Pauline Hanson has had a spectacular meltdown on live television. Sky News

Pauline unplugged lets rip against Senate colleague

In an extraordinary Thursday night interview on Sky Hanson, who accused Burston of trying to defect to the Shooters party, said it was not the first time he had stabbed her in the back.