National Affairs

Red-tape blitz cuts $2.1 billion

Coalition’s red-tape reduction moves to top $2.1bn in savings for business and individuals.

Corporate red tape set for repeal

by AAP
AGM request thresholds, small company auditor rules among regulations on track for revocation.

No savings in Japanese subs deal: SA

by AAP
Economic advisers say submarines will cost $21 billion whether build at home or in Japan.

China to repeal coal tariff after FTA

China will repeal coal tariff once free trade agreement is reached, after Hockey meets counterpart.

Palmer hints at direct action deal

by AAP
Clive Palmer says he's had 'very productive' talks on direct action climate plan with government.

Lessons from Whitlam's legacy

Whitlam’s greatest legacy was laying the foundations of the Hawke-Keating government.

Irony and confusion in Medibank's float

The sale of Medibank Private will allow the Coalition to cash in on the public's brand confusion and rid itself of a business it has despised since its inception.

Voters back PM's tough Putin stance

by AAP
Newspoll shows Abbott remains preferred PM, Labor extends two-party lead over government.

Hockey seeks coal tariff reversal

Treasurer wants China to reconsider move to enforce tariffs on coal imports: report.

Judge rejects Palmer’s halt bid

Queensland judge throws out ­Clive Palmer's legal bid to stop Chinese case against him.

Aust relationship vital: Widodo

by AAP
Indonesia's new president encourages open communication in first meeting with Aust PM.

Kerry hold talks with Abbott, appeals for Asian efforts against IS

by AAP
US Secretary of State hails Australia's participation in Iraq strikes.

Fresh delays on PNG asylum deal

by AAP
O'Neill says new policy will be prepared with aim of building public support.

Govt ditches burqa ban

by AAP
Bishop reverses ban but says no request from PM to reconsider the policy.

Activist meeting rule strengthened

Ability of activists to convene shareholder meetings to be constrained: report.

Aust troops to enter Iraq

by AFP
Foreign minister reaches deal for deployment of about 200 special forces commandos.

Property fears overplayed: Labor

by AAP
Penny Wong says talk of Chinese buyers inflating Aust prices is 'overblown'.

Cormann defends Shorten gibe

by AAP
Finance Minister's 'girly man' quip causes controversy amid ongoing budget scrap.

No Aust troops for Iraq: Bishop

by AAP
Foreign Minister again confirms govt has no plans to send ground troops into Iraq.

PM signals closer Indon ties

by AAP
Abbott wants Australia's foreign policy to have a 'Jakarta' focus rather than a 'Geneva' one.