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Morrison dined. with first ministers on Tuesday night. Courtney Hewett/AAP

Morrison government promises $1.25 billion for health care

The health program was unveiled as the federal, state and territories meet in Adelaide on Wednesday for the Council of Australian Governments with health one of the items on the agenda.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the legislation would be introduced in the next parliamentary sitting week. James Ross/AAP

States want the GST guarantee set in legislative stone

NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
Josh Frydenberg and Malcolm Turnbull both know that the history books make for uncomfortable reading when it comes to emissions policy. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Emissions policy is under attack from all sides. We’ve been here before, and it rarely ends well

The National Energy Guarantee faces a crunch test this week. And if the climate wars of the past few decades are any guide, Australian policies more often sink than swim when the waters get choppy.
The largest opportunity to reduce gas demand exists in industry, through improved energy efficiency as a result of reusing waste heat and upgrading boilers. Joe Castro/AAP

With a few smart moves, we can relieve the pressure on gas

We can make up 70% of Australia's projected gas shortfall simply by improving energy efficiency and sensible use of gas alternatives.
The AFP and state counterparts want longer questioning and detention time between a person being arrested and either charged or released. Georgie Moore/AAP

Turnbull proposes tougher security measures

Malcolm Turnbull this week is pushing for a further toughening of national security laws.

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