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Abbott as women's minister may not be such a bad thing. Here's why

If you think women were shunned in Tony Abbott’s new cabinet, you should see how women’s issues tend to be treated in cabinet meetings across government.<p>Cabinet is important because it sets the government’s agenda: what changes, what stays the same, what expands and what gets closed down. Under the …

Axing carbon tax won’t cut power bills for two years, industry says

Household power bills are unlikely to fall for two years, despite Tony Abbott’s intention to make the carbon price repeal his first item of legislative business, the electricity industry is warning.<p>With both Labor leadership candidates insisting the ALP will vote with the Greens to block the …

Either we pay the tax or we lose the service

<b>WA Premier Colin Barnett</b><p>The GST will change: not in this three-year term, but change it will. We're a long way from the end of the story. The …

New government has plan for Australia's cities

The new Coalition Government has been elected with a mandate to reduce the national debt and make Australia “open for business”. Does this mean …

Now Abbott's in, what will The Australian do?

By Denis Muller<i>, University of Melbourne</i><p>How does a newspaper of strong ideological preferences – such as News Corp broadsheet The Australian – …

Abbott Has A Promise To Keep On Poverty

Tony Abbott assured Australia in his acceptance speech that the Coalition “will not leave anyone behind". The true test of his government will be the …

Tony Abbott's roads plan will lead us nowhere, transport advocates claim

The Coalition's pledge to "build the roads of the 21st century" and withdraw funding for rail projects is regressive and fails to tackle the issue of congestion, according to public transport advocates.<p>Critics point to the fact that public transport usage in Australia's major cities has increased …

Tony Abbott holds fire on plan to axe uni services fee

Mr Pyne had not put a specific timeframe on axing the fee, apart from telling the <i>Australian Financial Review</i> on Tuesday: "It might be in the budget, …

George Brandis pays back wedding expenses

Senator Brandis said it was clear the relevant criterion for claiming entitlements was the purpose of the travel, not the nature of the event, but …

Carbon pricing: Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten promise to stand firm

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten have pledged to Labor members that they will stand firm in support of carbon pricing, although the two leadership contenders have been urged to do more to tackle the party's internal division over the environment.<br>A series of questions were submitted to Albanese and …

Labor must suck it up and relent on carbon pricing

<b>Labor faces a difficult choice, but ultimately protecting the norms of democratic governance is more important than taking a symbolic stand against</b> …

Climate change study finds Australia suffers more than most G20 countries

Australia's exposure to climate change has worsened more rapidly than in any other major economy in the past two years, with stresses on water supplies increasing and the cost of natural disasters running second only to China, a report has found.<br>The study, compiled by HSBC, found that temperatures …

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Taxpayers won't quickly forgive the expenses scandal

<b>The Coalition was elected to "cut the waste", but voters have found that this set of pollies is just as prone to trough-snorting self-serving excess</b> …

Food banks, English classes, politics: a day with two refugee organisations

Blind compassion is killing the asylum seeker debate. While Tony Abbott entangles his new government in megaphone diplomacy with Indonesia, upsetting our biggest neighbour in the process, refugees are struggling to survive closer to home.<p>Vast swaths of the Australian public remain hostile towards …

Quarter of frontbench in expenses storm

In his letter, Mr Morrison said he had ''incorrectly and inadvertently claimed one nights [sic] travel allowance in October 2011, on the date of a …

'Trust-me Tony's' silence on expenses is curious

A series of reports by Fairfax Media exposing the imprecise world of MP's expenses claims, has raised genuine questions. Questions which go to the …

Labor needs to shut up, grow up and move on

Whether or not he was a bastard, Rudd's sacking was an affront to voters who, in 2007, elected him prime minister. The sacking invited voters to …

Tony Abbott begins dismantling carbon tax: 'our bill to reduce your bills'

Bills to repeal Labor’s clean energy package have been introduced to federal parliament amid protests from the public galleries and procedural skirmishes in the House of Representatives which delayed the process for more than an hour.<p>The prime minister, Tony Abbott, who introduced the long …

Spinning tragedy: The true cost of a T-shirt

At about 8:30 a.m. one morning in April, a generator rumbled to life at Rana Plaza – rattling the building, as it always did when it started.<p>Work had just begun at the welter of garment factories when the power went out. So a manager on the seventh floor, home to the New Wave Style factory, was …