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Big savings from renewable energy target but consumers miss out

Mr Abbott's statement has been interpreted as signalling his government may weaken or scrap the target requiring at least 20 per cent of power from …

Renewable Energy

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tony Abbott says Australia was 'unsettled' before British arrived

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 delivered the keynote address to the Australian-Melbourne Institute on Thursday evening and during a question and answer session …

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

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 detention centre on Friday but police said he cancelled on Thursday night. Police said Morrison's office was …

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Scott Morrison interview takes on Pythonesque proportions

<i>Q:</i> <i>Minister, is there a boat in trouble off Christmas Island?</i><p>A: <b>It is our standard practice as you know, under Operation Sovereign Borders, to report</b> …

Scott Morrison

Asylum seekers: my country, my shame

Subsequently another Full Court directed the minister to release the children. The minister did so but appealed our decision to the High Court, which …

Australia

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

"Sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen," Tony Abbott told us in his stumbling way at the commonwealth heads of government meeting (Chogm) in Sri Lanka in November last year.<p>He must have been inspired by Donald Rumsfeld's neat encapsulation of the post-invasion chaos in Iraq: …