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Foreign investors tour Tasmania for ready-to-go business opportunities

Chinese business people are touring Tasmania as part of the state's major push to lure investment.<p>A group of about 40 people has visited the site of …

G20 Brisbane: Shorten criticises Abbott's 'stubborn isolationism' on climate change ahead of summit

As world leaders gather on the eve of the G20, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has accused Tony Abbott of "stubborn isolationism" on climate change, …

Crossbench senator John Madigan urges Labor to return to talks over Renewable Energy Target

Independent crossbench Senator John Madigan has urged Labor to return to negotiations with the Federal Government over the Renewable Energy Target …

Emissions deal: Abbott looks like a shag on a rock

The timing was no accident.<p>Abbott had first attended the White House in June, making it clear in both word and gesture before the meeting that …

Victorian election: new poll shows Coalition lags Labor by 56% to 44%

Premier Denis Napthine stays ahead of opposition leader Daniel Andrews in preferred leader stakes, but the gap is closing<p>The Victorian Coalition government is failing to make any ground on Labor in the state election, a new poll suggests.<p>Labor continues to lead the Coalition 56% to 44% on a …

Queensland bikie laws challenge rejected by high court

Hells Angel member Stefan Kuczborski launched landmark case after being prevented from working as a tattooist under laws<p>The high court has dismissed a challenge to Queensland’s wide ranging criminal gang laws by a Hells Angel bikie.<p>The finding opens the way for other states to adopt the laws and …

Game of Thrones pirates can be prosecuted: why Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis are wrong on data retention

Yes, breaches of copyright are a civil wrong, but Senator Brandis was wrong to suggest his government's data retention regime would have "nothing to …

Surveillance

Victoria's environmental record under scrutiny: how green is Denis Napthine?

It’s the only Australian state with a climate change minister, but environment groups are less than impressed with Victoria<p>Guardian Australia revealed on Thursday that Victoria’s four peak environment groups had released a joint statement claiming the Coalition government’s record was the worst the …

Great Barrier Reef dangers: Unesco says Australia is listening at last

Director general of UN cultural and heritage body hopes government’s plan for the reef will ‘reverse the trend’ of decline<p>The head of Unesco says the Australian government has started to listen to international concerns over the health of the Great Barrier Reef, raising hopes that it will avoid …

G20 Brisbane: World leaders swelter as locals hit the beach for long weekend

Some of the hottest conditions on record are expected in parts of Queensland over the next few days, with many Brisbane residents heading to the …

Tony Abbott told Vladimir Putin to stop trying to 'recreate lost glories' during APEC 'shirtfront' meeting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed he told Vladimir Putin earlier this week that Russia should stop trying to "recreate the lost glories" of its …

Google launches first underwater 'Street View' of Great Barrier Reef

Google's popular Street View maps are taking a dive Down Under, with the launch of the world's first 3D mapping of the Great Barrier Reef.<p>Australian …

Indigenous rapper Adam Briggs: an introvert with an extrovert’s career

Each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account. We’re inviting them to tell us about who they are<p>Briggs: there’s no such thing as black and white hip-hop, just good and bad<p>Each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account to discuss topics of interest as Aboriginal and/or …

Michael Clarke re-aggravates hamstring injury during opening one-day international against South Africa

Australian captain Michael Clarke re-injured his hamstring during the first one-day international against South Africa in Perth.<p>Clarke will have …

Blue Mountains bushfire: Emergency warning downgraded, firefighters able to back-burn

Firefighters have been able to back-burn overnight to slow the progress of a bushfire burning in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney,<p>The fire burning …

The right has won control of the English-speaking world - thanks to the weakness of the left

Over the last three decades, leftwing parties in the English-speaking world have taken on much of the right’s antidemocratic programme and lost their souls<p>Besides the 5-Eyes spying agreement, the English-speaking democracies of the North Atlantic and the South Pacific are frequently said to have a …

What is shirtfronting? A guide to understanding the G20

The phrase shirtfronting may be common to many Australians but it will be a mystery to much of the world<p>The time for talking is nearly over. After a buildup worthy of a boxing title fight, Tony Abbott is finally getting his chance to show he is a political man of action when he greets the Russian …

New visa types cannot be used until fresh legislation is passed

New visa was critical to gaining Palmer United party support but it is unclear how it would work or how many would be granted<p>The federal government will need to make more changes to immigration laws before asylum seekers can move from proposed working visas to other visa classes.<p>The migration and …

Jacqui Lambie must learn to work in a team, says PUP senator

‘Maybe she’s frustrated that she’s not queen of the country,’ Dio Wang says, backing Clive Palmer in spat with party rebel<p>The Palmer United party senator Dio Wang has weighed in on the public spat between the party’s leader, Clive Palmer, and the Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie, saying Lambie …

Megaphones banned as G20 police take tougher line on protesters

People carrying masks can expect to be stopped by police as Brisbane prepares for peaceful demonstrations on Saturday<p>Police at the G20 meeting in Brisbane have signalled they will take a tougher line on demonstrators than previously indicated.<p>The late reversal of a decision to allow protest …