Scott Morrison

Labor drops call for inquiry into hacking of Christopher Pyne's Twitter account

‘I spoke to Bill Shorten last night and we are satisfied … he has taken action to deal with it,’ Anthony Albanese says<p>Labor has changed its tune on an inquiry into the hacking of the defence industry minister’s personal Twitter account, with the Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese declaring the …

Bill Shorten

Powerful inquiry into banks in the balance as Nationals MPs ponder crossing the floor

His Queensland Nationals colleague senator Barry O'Sullivan revealed on Friday he would introduce a bill to establish a commission of inquiry after …

Brisbane

Vital Signs: Australia's mining boom transition is on shaky ground

<i>Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise</i> …

Economy

Jobless rate hits near four-year low, wages still lag

Nationally, the rate dropped to the four-year low of 5.4 per cent in October after a soft net increase of 3700 jobs came on the back of a revision …

Economy

'I was hacked!': Christopher Pyne's Twitter account in porn mishap

The cyber-nod of approval for the raunchy video from account "XxxPornGay" came the same night people across the country were celebrating the result …

Security

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison - Breakfast - ABC Radio

How did you vote in the same sex marriage survey?<p>Today is a big day in Federal Politics with the same sex marriage results being announced …

Labor says no to Adani but yes to $5b Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

The contentious Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, derided by Labor as a $5 billion National Party slush fund, will survive, finance …

Australian Labor Party

What's in a name? A lot for politicians with unfortunate nicknames that stick

When the British public reflects on Priti Patel's legacy in her relatively short stint as UK international development secretary, she may be hoping …

Boris Johnson

Shorten goes for broke in byelection with mega stakes for Turnbull

Kristina Keneally’s entry into the Bennelong byelection has put more sizzle into a contest already up there as potentially one of the most …

Bill Shorten

Consumer groups 'extremely concerned' over fintech 'sandbox'

Consumer groups are raising the alarm over a plan to give financial start-ups a wider temporary exemption from key regulations, warning …

FinTech

Bitter ironies

Perhaps ironically, on a day when his continued hold on the prime ministership is in greater trouble than it has ever been, Malcolm Turnbull’s …

Malcolm Turnbull

Same-sex marriage survey: The man who will tell us who won

At this stage, Kalisch does not know what he will be announcing to Australia. While the ABS began processing responses in September, it will not …

Brisbane

Why it has never been more important to tax the rich

Australia's deputy tax commissioner for international affairs, Mark Konza, was looking through an early scan of just a few of the documents from the …

Grace Mugabe

ING to scrap international ATM fees

The fight over ATM fees is expanding overseas, with ING Austraila offering fee-free withdrawals from every ATM in the world to customers who conduct …

Banking

Even worse in WA

Baseball bats are at the ready in Australia’s largest state<p>We all know that the Liberal party MPs are in a world of pain. The polls are diabolical. Political death stares many of them in the face. Whole dollops of the party base, like me, simply will not forgive Mr Turnbull and the 54 …

Malcolm Turnbull

First home buyers scheme in trouble

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson gestures during a press conference at Yeppoon, Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Hanson is conducting a regional tour of …

David Leyonhjelm

How Donald Trump's Election Rocked Australian Politics

I will study this dumb deal!"<p>With one tweet in February Donald Trump further destabilised the already tenuous grip on power of Prime Minister Malcolm …

North Korea

Conservative forces push to frustrate same-sex marriage legislation

At present the only proposed same-sex marriage legislation on the table is the private member's bill drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith. This bill …

Brisbane

Government restrictions bite as first home buyers shut out investors

Investors are being pushed out of Australia's housing market with government regulations generating a 6 per cent drop in investor loans as first home …

Real Estate

NICK McKIM: A reply to Peter Hartcher on the Manus humanitarian crisis

<i>'Hartcher asks what the Greens and refugee activists hope to achieve on Manus Island. My answer is simple: the freedom and safety of every single</i> …

Refugees

Free-trade rollback: Australia risks losing 270,000 jobs

A key modelling report has revealed that Australia is at risk of a 2 percent hit to economic activity. It is expected to be a loss of over a quarter …

Economics

Tax cut cost could be offset by $30b gain

The Turnbull government's plan to cut taxes for all Australian businesses could add $30 billion to federal coffers due to an uptick in economic …

Economy

Economic boost

Treasurer Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce the full corporate tax rate cut from 30 to 25 per cent by 2026, in a bid to boost Australia’s …

Economics

Peter Martin: Better days ahead? Not yet.

Why do people feel so rotten?<p>It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".<p>Play Video<p>Replay …

Economy

Trouble in paradise

At around 5 am Sydney time yesterday, a coordinated news story began to roll out across major media outlets around the globe. By the time most …

Corruption

Paradise Papers: ATO eyes leak of tax

The Australian Taxation Office is analysing a trove of more than 13 million leaked documents covering a complex offshore web of financial dealings …

Australian News

Citizenship circus must be resolved: Abbott

Tony Abbott believes the ongoing dual-citizenship 'circus' must end but has stopped short of backing an audit of all members of federal …

National Party of Australia

'Paradise Papers' leak shows tax secrets of super rich

A huge leak of 13.4 million documents from an offshore law firm and a trust company in Singapore is drawing comparisons to last year's Panama Papers …

Corruption

Australia’s migrant catastrophe is proving Trump right

<i>Sen. Nick McKim is the Australian Green Party’s spokesman for immigration and justice. He has been to Manus Island three times to support the detainees and raise awareness of their plight.</i><p>PAPUA NEW GUINEA – On Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the Australian government is creating a humanitarian …

Refugees

Hope for first home buyers, says Treasurer Morrison

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the chances of first home buyers getting into the property market have improved, as house price growth slows and a …

Australian News