National Affairs

Abbott faces a battle to avoid self-destruction

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After becoming a national laughing stock via Prince Philip’s knighthood, Tony Abbott is in desperate need of a minor miracle before parliament starts.

Super concession to stay: Cormann

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Finance minister says any superannuation tax concession changes would be taken to election.

Carbon tax repeal saves less than promised

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Electricity prices have not fallen as much as Abbott promised: ACCC

The demise of the coalition's industrial relations strategy

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The Abbott Government's attempt to take a leaf from John Howard’s GST playbook with industrial relations policy is now in tatters.

Newman's hopes dim in Ashgrove

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Latest poll suggests Queensland premier may struggle to hold seat at Saturday's election.

Dutton backs Abbott govt recovery

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Federal ministers throw weight behind PM after another challenging week for the govt.

PM told to make case for IR shift

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Tony Shepherd urges government to ­'explain the case' for any cuts to penalty rates, minimum wage.

ACOSS calls for fairer budget

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Council of Social Service urges changes to negative gearing, super concessions and private health rebate.

Focus on weekend prices, not wages

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Instead of letting the perfect drive out the good with overambitious IR reform, the government and businesses should find a way to offset the impact of weekend penalty rates.

Abbott is yet to show he's up to the job

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There is no credible, rational explanation for the decision to grant a knighthood to Prince Philip. The Prime Minister has somehow managed to start 2015 in a worse state than he ended 2014.

Cormann spruiks local economy

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Finance minister tries to steer political debate away from knighthood furore.

The battle for the discretionary dollar

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As salaries stall and retailers scrap it out for a share of the consumer dollar, Asian investment in Australian real estate appears to be our only source of optimism.

Govt eager for front foot on IR

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Abbott govt desperate to seize control of the political debate over industrial relations laws.

Prince Philip named Aust knight

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Duke of Edinburgh and Angus Houston honoured after return of Australian knighthoods.

The black holes in the LNP and Labor's plans to fix Queensland's debt

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Debt and the economy are key issues for many voters ahead of Queensland's upcoming election, but both parties' proposals fall well short of the mark.

Frontbenchers rally around Abbott

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PM dismisses latest leadership speculation, Hunt, Abetz offer strong public backing.

Newman, Palaszczuk set for debate

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Queensland election campaign to heat up on Friday with televised debate between leaders.

Unions urge caution on IR reform

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​Unions tell govt to delay workplace law changes while inquiries take their course.

Productivity Commission seeks 'fresh ideas' for workplace

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Inquiry releases five issues papers, is 'open to lateral suggestions'.

Ley 'open' to Medicare policy options

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Rebate indexation cut, $5 rebate freeze remain on the table.

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