National Affairs

Energy politics will continue to spark in 2015

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Privatisation and major decisions about long-term policy settings are on the agenda as various players stake their claims in Australia’s shifting energy market.

The big end of town is stunting jobs growth

We need to get rid of unfair contracts so that small businesses can put Australia back to work.

Ministerial revamp about economy, families: Abbott

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Abbott shuffles ministry, denies government is in damage control.

The new cabinet ministers must recapture Abbott's vision

Bad advice and cover-ups felled former defence minister David Johnston. Other ministers must not let the public service's blunders obstruct the Coalition's plans for Australia.

Dog days are here: Garnaut

Economist says currency needs to depreciate further: report.

Royal commission refers unions heads

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Ex-union heads Ralph Blewitt, Bruce Wilson referred to prosecutors by royal commission.

Abbott needs to get his house in order

Tony Abbott was a very effective opposition leader but, if he wants to rank alongside the likes of Hawke and Howard, he needs to clean house.

Farewell to Australia’s favourable demographics

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As immigration eases and the population ages, demographic trends will continue to subtly weigh on growth.

Abbott and Napthine ignored the facts on the East West Link

Newly released documents show the Victorian government hid analysis that indicated the project couldn't deliver value for public money.

Treasury experts in $290bn miss

Total of $290bn in downgrades seen to four-year budget estimates since 2010.

Sydney hostages fled to save their lives

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Details emerge of siege's final moments as authorities come under increasing pressure on Monis' past.

Abbott, Baird launch Sydney siege review

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PM says he wants 'quick answers' on previous interactions with Monis.

Cormann rules out GST change

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says government will not change GST in first term.

OECD urges GST reform in Aust

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OECD says nation can make better use of GST by eliminating $20bn worth of exemptions.

Sydney siege triggers national security review

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Abbott says national security committee of cabinet seeking answers on tragic incident.

Iran raised concerns about Sydney gunman

Iran representative says 'psychological conditions' of Monis had been discussed several times.

Three dead after Sydney cafe siege ends

Two hostages killed, flowers laid in pedestrian street near cafe.

Japan FTA to enter into force in January

Australia-Japan free trade agreement set to deliver tariff cuts in first half next year.

Settle in for Hockey's budget horror show

The fundamental problem with the Abbott Government's first budget is it just wasn't tough enough. And the 'do-nothing' approach will only make the situation worse.

Can our political system deliver a surplus?

The current political landscape means the only way back to a fiscal surplus is through a return to 'normal' terms of trade and nominal GDP conditions.