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Big savings from renewable energy target but consumers miss out

While Prime Minister Tony Abbott says renewable energy significantly increase electricity bills, a new study finds wind energy actually forced down …

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High Court challenge: Government admits holding asylum seekers, pledges 72 hours' notice on any deportation

A group of 153 asylum seekers intercepted off the coast of Australia could be detained at sea for weeks, if the High Court decides to hear a legal …

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High Court injunction blocks handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

The High Court has granted an interim injunction to block the handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, just hours after the Government confirmed …

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High Court blocks return of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

The High Court of Australia has granted an interim injunction to stop 153 asylum seekers being returned to Sri Lanka.<p>In an urgent hearing in Sydney …

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Grattan on Friday: Abbott government needs to acquire an empathy gene

What is offensive about this government is not that it is pursuing tough policies, but that it is trashing accountability and is so lacking in …

Australia

Tony Abbott says Australia was 'unsettled' before British arrived

'Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment,' prime minister says in Q&A after speech urging infrastructure spending<p>Australia was “unsettled” before the British arrived and owes its existence to Britain’s “form of foreign investment” in the land, Tony Abbott has said.<p>The prime minister …

Who’s REALLY running Australia?

A big-biz alliance told Abbott what policies it wanted<p>Recently an alliance of big businesses put together a wishlist of 100 policies they wanted our …

Scott Morrison cancels visit to detention centre where protest planned

Police say the immigration minister was aware that protesters planned to confront him at the Melbourne centre<p>The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, has cancelled a visit to a Melbourne detention centre after protesters planned to confront him at the gates.<p>He was due to visit the Broadmeadows …

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Scott Morrison interview takes on Pythonesque proportions

A multitude of dead parrot experts, amateur Spanish inquisitors, lumberjacks and various representatives of the Judean People’s Front converged on …

Asylum seekers: my country, my shame

As a young person I had never thought, as I do now, that I would be ashamed to be an Australian. One of the main reasons for that shame, but not the …

Handing back asylum seekers is called refoulement. And it's illegal

In his first column for Guardian Australia, our new legal editor at large says the handover of Sri Lankans at sea has taken this country into new legal territory<p>"Sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen," Tony Abbott told us in his stumbling way at the commonwealth heads of …