National Affairs

Prepare for an avalanche of apartment construction

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A fresh tidal wave of investment just turbocharged the apartment boom transforming Sydney and Melbourne.

Aust on track for decade of deficits

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Grattan Institute says budget reality will prove worse than current govt projections.

Ray Martin to review ABC's Q&A

by AAP
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Veteran TV journalist appointed by ABC board, with former SBS managing director Shaun Brown.

Harper competition review response delayed

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Government delays response until at least September, will tend to steer away from state issues.

Govt members back gay marriage bill

by AAP
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Same-sex marriage bill with cross-party support will go to parliament in August: report.

Big pharma's $85m tax on $8bn revenue

by AAP
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Global pharmaceutical companies paid $85m tax in Australia on revenues over $8bn.

Business class warfare alive: Strong

by AAP
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Council of Small Business of Australia boss says penalty rates are ridiculously high.

Never touching taxes on super: Abbott

by AAP
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out ever increasing taxes on superannuation.

Hockey asked to back Greece debt relief

by AAP
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Australia's Greek community appeals to Hockey to support calls for IMF debt relief.

Super changes were on the table

by AAP
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Treasury letter shows govt was weighing tax concession changes until ALP policy released.

Labor backtracks on leadership process

by AAP
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Draft ALP constitution says parliamentary leader chosen by even ballot split between caucus, grass-roots members.

SA parliament reports on ICAC

by AAP
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Committee recommends mechanism to allow complaints against South Australia's new corruption watchdog.

Hockey wins Fairfax defamation suit

by AAP
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Federal Court awards Treasurer $200,000 in damages following Fairfax headline, tweets.

Backbench threat to bank deposit tax

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The Abbott govt could alienate its backbench if a proposed tax on bank deposits moves forward.

Abbott's popularity jumps in NSW

by AAP
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ALP still maintains margin over Coalition despite falling support for Shorten: Newspoll.

Media report links mafia to Aust politics

by AAP
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Report alleges mafia-linked family used political fundraising to access federal MPs, have a deportation overturned.

Aust, Singapore sign up to closer ties

by AAP
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Countries to review free trade deal and FIRB thresholds for Singaporean investment.

Govt tightens foreign ag rules

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Hockey unveils new register for foreign ownership or investment in agricultural land.

Abbott's broken promises will come back to haunt him

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While Bill Shorten is happy to give Abbott a free pass on his fair contract fibs, the changing nature of the economy will soon make fair contracts legislation a necessity.

Aust to sign up to infrastructure bank

by AAP
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Hockey will formally sign up to the $US100bn Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Monday.

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