National Affairs

Abbott catches Shorten as preferred PM

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Tony Abbott’s standing has hit a seven-month high after the fifth consecutive rise in his personal approval ratings.

Labor, Libs dismiss talk of early poll

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Morrison says government intends to serve full three-year term, has 'so much more to do'.

A high-rise bright spot for the economy

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Residential construction is one of the few positives in an otherwise patchy economy, but once it peaks the drop-off will be severe.

Citic case against Palmer dismissed

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Court finds no formal trust underpinning account from which funds alleged to have been siphoned.

Westpac reviewing financial advice

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Westpac reveals it's reviewing previous advice, following scandals that engulfed rivals.

Illegal tobacco costs govt $1.35bn

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KPMG report for tobacco industry says booming Australian black market has grown 30% in two years.

Three tests the 2015 federal budget must pass

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Pro-reformists may view 2014 as a wasted year, but the lessons from the federal budget could make it a watershed one instead.

Keating warns on dividend tax changes

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Former prime minister labels Treasury officials supporting change 'nincompoops': report.

Forget the RBA – it's all about the budget

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With monetary policy stretched to the limit, a rate cut can only do so much. The Abbott Government must take decisive action.

Aust ambassador returning after executions

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Paul Grigson bound for Perth; AFP to address the media on its role in arrests.

Vic budget to land surplus, major projects

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Previous Coalition government achieved surplus in final year.

Abbott tips confidence-building budget

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Abbott unveils $840m preschool funding package ahead of next week's crucial budget.

Qlders to lose out from energy merger

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Springborg calls for Labor to deregulate power market now.

Labor to consider income tax cuts: Bowen

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Shadow Treasurer says any cuts would need to be 'feasible and sustainable'.

The next trillion dollar lending crisis

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Total outstanding student loan debt in the US has breached $US1 trillion, and default rates are at more than 25%. Australia is experiencing a similarly worrying trend.

Tax boss to get extra powers

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Tax commissioner soon to have power to eliminate 'unintended outcomes' in tax law.

A resurgent Victoria will make life tough for Abbott

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Abbott had pinned his re-election hopes on the likelihood that Victoria would be an economic basket case, but Daniel Andrews' Western Distributor project changes the game.

Qld business confidence slumps

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Business confidence plunges to a 6-year low, new Labor govt partly to blame: survey.

The Australia-Indonesia relationship will never be easy

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Managing Australia's lopsided relationship with Indonesia is certain to be major foreign policy challenge for Tony Abbott.

Liberal MP breaks ranks on RET

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Dan Tehan says govt should accept Labor's offer on the Renewable Energy Target to end political impasse.

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